Posts in Tactical Asset Allocation Research

Rise of the Machines: Predicting Winners and Losers on the Robo-Advisor Battlefield

August 27, 2015

Robos are changing the landscape of financial services and consumers will reap the rewards. But will the computers replace humans? Unlikely. The psychology coach benefit is hard to replicate with a computer. However, robos will encourage human-based advisors to up their game. Slothosaurus will go extinct—thankfully! First iteration passive robo-advisors will create a lot of value for consumers, but capture little value for their VC investors, unless perhaps they are bought out. Finally, differentiated robo advisors and traditional advisors who embrace technology will score big wins for both consumers and their shareholders.

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Which Asset Allocation Weights Work the Best?

October 27, 2015

What is the optimal method to weigh an index? Everyone seems to have a story these days for the "best" way to weigh an index. In this study we look at simple ways to weigh a large-cap stock index using prices only. Bottom-line up front: Low volatility worked the best on a risk-adjusted basis over the past 87 years. However, low volatility, was close followed by momentum, equal-weighting, and value-weighting, respectively. Across the board, results are similar.

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