Big Data Doesn’t Automatically Mean Big Investment Returns

The quant craze in investing doesn’t come without its own set of challenges, says a recent Bloomberg article. As hedge funds delve headlong into the data world to hoist up returns and stay competitive, some may lack the prowess necessary to harvest relevant and accurate numbers, says Matei Zatreanu, who led the charge at $19 billion hedge fund King Street Capital Management. “There are those who realize their industry is changing and their fund isn’t… Read More

Quant Strategy Pros and Cons

Anthony Ledford, chief scientist at U.K.-based investment management firm Man AHL, has mixed feelings regarding the hype around quantitative models and their potential impact on the hedge fund industry. In a recent Bloomberg article, Ledford (who holds a Ph.D. in mathematics) says, “There is some real science here, but it’s not the way it’s been portrayed. Some of it is really marketing, and that’s the bit that annoys me.” The article asserts that the recent… Read More

Stock Picks Based on Quant Strategies

As hedge funds continue to lose clients due to lackluster returns, purely numbers-based investment strategies are gaining popularity. Validea CEO John Reese speaks to the trend in a Nasdaq article published last week. Like those of our guru-based screening models, these strategies are built purely on the underlying fundamentals of a business. The following picks from our quant investment-based strategies of James O’Shaughnessy, Joel Greenblatt and Joseph Piotroski were identified: Thor Industries, Inc. (THO) manufactures… Read More

Hedge Funds Hungry for Quants

If you’re looking to land a job at a hedge fund, polish up your algorithm building and data mining skills to get to the front of the line. This according to a recent Bloomberg article that explains how hedge funds are hiring quants “like never before in search of an answer to lackluster returns.” King Street Capital Management and Tudor Investment Corp. are among the names anxious to beef up their data analysis and research… Read More

Investors Looking to Quants for Fund Management Muscle

As hedge fund managers continue to grapple with losing dissatisfied clients, those funds more highly-focused on a computer-driven approach (so-called “quantitative” hedge funds) are standing out, the Financial Times reports. According to FT, the flow of investor funds into the “quant” sector have more than doubled since 2009 (from $408 billion to nearly $880 billion). Several large hedge funds are increasing investments in quant strategies “as they search for new—and potentially more reliable—ways to produce returns.”… Read More

Build a Real Portfolio Using Stock Screens

The advent of stock screening software has made it possible for investors to search using any number of metrics, but that’s only part of building a successful investment portfolio. This complex process is the subject of an article by John Reese, founder of Validea Capital Management LLC., in the July issue of The American Association of Individual Investors Journal. Reese asserts that, while stock screening models are a helpful tool, they don’t provide all the… Read More

Coming to Your Doorstep: Automated Investment Management

“Humans aren’t going to be completely replaced, but they will be mostly replaced,” says Sudhir Nanda, head of T. Rowe’s dedicated “quantitative management” arm. In a Financial Times article earlier this year Nanda, who manages T. Rowe’s Diversified Small-Cap Growth Fund, predicted that the traditional management industry will become increasingly technology driven. He is not the first to turn his attention to this trend. Many asset managers (BlackRock and Goldman Sachs Asset Management included) are… Read More

Fundamentally Sound Stocks Win When Recessions Loom

Whether it’s interest rate hikes or China’s slump or US weakness, investors have found a myriad of economic reasons to worry in 2016 — and they’ve expressed their worries by pulling billions of dollars out of stocks. But in his latest for Canada’s Globe and Mail, Validea CEO John P. Reese highlights some new research showing that the best time to beat the market is when economic times are tough. “The research comes from O’Shaughnessy… Read More

When Should You Rebalance?

Like many quantitative investors, Validea CEO John P. Reese uses a strict rebalancing approach to portfolio management. But just how often should you rebalance your portfolio? Reese says it may depend on the type of strategy you are using. “Rebalancing forces a disciplined buy/sell methodology into the investment process, removing emotions and biases that oftentimes hurt performance,” Reese writes in his latest column for Canada’s Globe and Mail. “Ben Graham – the man known as… Read More

Mid Cap Manager’s Rules-Based Method Produces Strong Results

Barron’s reports on mid-cap fund managers Neil Hennessy and Brian Peery, who manage Hennessy Cornerstone Mid-Cap 30. Peery says, “A lot of financial advisors don’t allocate in the mid-cap space, which gives us an advantage.” Mid Caps have outperformed Large and Small Caps over 10, 15, and 20 years, and the Cornerstone Mid-Cap fund has beaten 86% of its peers. Hennessy and Peery take what Barron’s describes as “a fairly strict, rules-based approach to constructing… Read More