Five Questions: Lessons From Finance History with Jamie Catherwood

By Jack Forehand, CFA (@practicalquant) Recency bias can be a major issue for many investors. When we analyze the probability of any event in the market occurring, we tend to rely more on the recent past than we should. That can mean that we give too much credence to the most recent year or most recent few years. But it can even go further back than that. For example, when we think about what a… Read More

Five Questions:  Questioning Conventional Wisdom With Lawrence Hamtil

By Jack Forehand, CFA (@practicalquant) Anyone who reads my articles regularly knows that I am a big user of Twitter. Some of the best investors in the world regularly post to the platform and it is hard for me to describe the amount I have learned from using it. My favorite people to follow on Twitter are those who make me think about things in different ways than I currently do. One person who certainly… Read More

Five More Questions: Value Investing with Tobias Carlisle

This is Part II of my interview with Tobias Carlisle of the Acquirer’s funds, which just released its first ETF, the Acquirer’s ETF (ZIG) earlier this year. In Part I, we talked about some of the arguments against value investing and how they can be refuted. You can read that here. In Part II, we talk more about the intricacies of building a value portfolio. As a reminder, this interview was taken from a phone… Read More

Five Questions: Defending Value Investing with Tobias Carlisle

As those who read my articles know, I am a big believer in value investing. But I also understand that as a follower of value, I am prone to focusing on information that supports that belief. A while back, I tried to combat my own confirmation bias by writing an article that looked at the arguments against value investing. That article ended up being the most read article of all time on our blog. So… Read More

Five More Questions: Factor Investing with Jim O’Shaughnessy

By Jack Forehand, CFA (@practicalquant) This is Part II of my interview with Jim O’Shaughnessy. If you missed Part I, you can find it here. In part II, we talk about trend following, the future for simple value investing, and we take in in depth look at some of the arguments others have made in favor of the death of value investing. Just a note before we begin. This interview was transcribed from a phone… Read More

Five Questions: Factor Investing with Jim O’Shaughnessy

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) Factor investing has grown dramatically in recent years. But it is far from new. As those of us who invest using factors seek to learn more about them and the best way to utilize them in our portfolios, there is no better place to turn than those who have been there since the beginning. For this week’s interview, I have the privilege of talking to Jim O’Shaughnessy. Jim was a factor… Read More

Five Questions: The Importance of Narratives with Ben Hunt

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) One of the most important things any investor can do is to challenge their own beliefs. Confirmation bias leads all of us to seek out opinions that agree with us and then use them to confirm what we already think to be true.  That can be very dangerous, though, because you can end up missing obvious truths that are right in front of your eyes. Those who read my articles will… Read More

Five Questions: An Academic Look at Factors with Lu Zhang

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) — One of the major challenges that the finance community has faced over the years is how to explain what drives stock returns over time. If the market is efficient, then the only way to generate excess returns is to take more risk. But risk only makes sense to take if you get compensated for it. Determining which risks receive that compensation has been the subject of significant research in the… Read More

Five Questions: A Wealth Manager’s View of Factors with Michael Batnick

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) — Factor Investing poses some interesting challenges for wealth managers. On one hand, the evidence is very strong that investing using factors produces superior to returns to market cap weighted indexes over the long-term. On the other, factor strategies introduce another set of behavioral problems for clients because the extended periods of underperformance that are common in factor investing can lead to bad decision making and underperformance relative to index funds… Read More

Five Questions: An Inside Look at ETFs with Chris Hempstead

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) — ETFs are both the present and the future of asset management. The combination of lower fees relative to mutual funds, tax efficiency, transparency, and intraday liquidity that they offer has led to rapid growth in the space. Although ETF assets still pale in comparison to mutual funds, it is hard to argue that they aren’t on their way to surpassing fund assets in the future. Despite the popularity of ETFs,… Read More