The debate over active versus passive management has been an ongoing one among investors for many years. Historical performance and fees have put passive indexes in greater favour, however, investors still have a desire to beat the market, in that elusive quest for alpha. Finding a fair balance between low fees and reasonable, evidence-based expectations for positive performance remains the goal for asset owners. Factor investing strategies claim to have answers, but exactly how true are they?
Factor Strategies Investing 2018, the third in our annual series of market investigations in conjunction with FTSE Russell, explores the merits of factor-based investing in changing economic times. Issues looked at include, how does factor investing compare with active and passive funds, what key aspects should be considered before implementation, and is factor investing really a ‘smart’ fund option?