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Having learned through the recent crises about the limited payoffs and significant risks of excessive reliance on security asset selection models, investment managers and institutional investors are showing unprecedented interest in asset allocation approaches as sources of performance.
In a new study drawn from the Lyxor research chair on “Risk Allocation Solutions”, EDHEC-Risk examines the relative efficiency of standard forms of practical implementation of the factor investing paradigm based on commonly used factors in the equity, fixed-income and commodity universes.
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In a survey of investment professionals conducted as part of the Amundi ETF & Indexing research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ETF and Passive Investment Strategies,” EDHEC-Risk Institute has solicited the specific views of European ETF investors on “smart beta” exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This questionnaire has given rise to a study entitled “Investor Interest in and Requirements for Smart Beta ETFs.”
Frédéric Ducoulombier, Business Development Director Asia ex-Japan and the Middle East at ERI Scientific Beta, has been invited to speak on smart beta at The Asset ETF Asia Summit 2015 in Taiwan on 7 July, 2015.
On 2 July, 2015, Noël Amenc, CEO of ERI Scientific Beta and Director of the EDHEC-Risk Institute, has been invited to speak on the subject of "New forms of ETFs and smart beta indices" at the 23rd annual conference organised by ACI Monaco (Financial Markets Association).
Following the success of the second edition of the EDHEC-PRINCETON "Academia meets Practice" Conference, which attracted more than 150 finance professionals in 2013, EDHEC-Risk Institute and Princeton University will be organising the 2015 edition of the conference at The Princeton Club of New York on 23 April, 2015.
On the occasion of the EDHEC-Risk Days conference, which took place in London on March 24 and 25, 2015, Tomas Franzén, Chief Investment Strategist with the Swedish national pension fund AP2 and chairman of EDHEC-Risk Institute’s International Advisory Board, announced the resignation of Professor Noël Amenc from his role as Director of EDHEC-Risk Institute.
In a new publication entitled “Accounting for Geographic Exposure in Performance and Risk Reporting for Equity Portfolios”, EDHEC-Risk Institute underlines the usefulness of analysing the performance and risks of portfolios, by taking into account their geographic equity exposure based on real economic activity and not only on their place of listing or, more generally, the nationality assigned to them in market indices.
A new paper entitled “The Valuation of Privately-Held Infrastructure Equity Investments,” drawn from the Meridiam and Campbell Lutyens research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “Infrastructure Equity Investment Management and Benchmarking,” contributes a rigorous valuation framework to the debate on the benchmarking of privately-held infrastructure equity investments. The study also proposes a parsimonious data collection template, which can be used on an industry-wide basis to improve existing knowledge of the performance of privately-held infrastructure equity investments on an ongoing basis.
EDHEC-Risk Institute has announced the results of the EDHEC European ETF Survey 2014, a comprehensive survey of 222 European ETF investors. The survey was conducted as part of the Amundi ETF & Indexing research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ETF and Passive Investment Strategies.”
In an open letter addressed to the Chair of the European Parliament ECON committee, Roberto Gualtieri on February 20, 2015, EDHEC-Risk Institute has expressed its concern about the new draft text which is being proposed for a vote by the committee on March 9, which plans to remove all obligations of transparency from the initial project for regulation of indices used as benchmarks.