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How Crowded Are Tech Stocks?

The recent sell-off in technology, especially among FAANG stocks, led to renewed comparisons of the tech sector today to that of the dot-com bubble era. But that might be a stretch, says Nicolas Rabener.

Top Five Articles from July: Private Equity, ESG, High Yield Today

Why do professional investors talk about behavioral finance more than they apply its insights? How do single stocks influence factor returns? The leading Enterprising Investor posts from last month address these questions and more.

The Impact of Single Stocks on Factor Returns

Using the Value factor as a case study, how do single stocks influence factor returns? And how do the FAANG stocks influence six common equity factors?

What’s in a Factor? A Breakdown by Sectors

Factor investing is everywhere, but considerable uncertainty remains about what factors and their related products represent. So Nicolas Rabener breaks down six well-known factors by sector.

Top 10 Posts from 2017: Markets during War, Rules for Equity Valuations, LinkedIn Tips

What were the articles of the year on Enterprising Investor? The 10 leading posts covered a broad spectrum of subjects, from interviewing and cover letter tips, to how to optimize decision making and better understand blockchain technology. They were authored by some of the most influential thinkers in finance, including Michael Batnick, CFA, and Ben Carlson, CFA, and together offer an illuminating view into the state of the investment profession in 2017.

There Is Value in the Value Factor

Interest in "factor investing" reached an all-time high in May, according to Google Trends. So Nicolas Rabener and his associates analyzed factor valuations using fundamental metrics and contrasted these current valuations with historical averages as a method to determine factor attractiveness.

Eugene Fama: Stick with Basic Factors

Have the advances in technology, computing power, and data made the markets more efficient? It’s “not clear,” according to Nobel laureate Eugene Fama.

Book Review: Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing

Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing is invaluable to practitioners who wish to design optimal portfolios. The authors define basic terms and discuss practical issues of implementation.

Shortcuts to Factor Investing: Multifactor Portfolios and Benchmarking

Mark Harrison, CFA, looks at combining factors in multifactor portfolios and considers issues of performance measurement in factor investing, in the third installment of his Shortcuts to Factor Investing series.

Shortcuts to Factor Investing: Equities and Beyond

In the latest installment of his Shortcuts to Factor Investing series, Mark Harrison, CFA, takes a deeper dive into equities and factor investing's wider applications to other asset classes, including fixed income.



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