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March for the Fallen: Get Fit with Alpha Architect

As a former US Marine, Memorial Day is every day, however, Memorial Day is special because the time is set aside to reflect on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Enjoy and stay safe out there! In addition to enjoying the long ...

Trust, but Verify: The Potential Problems of Blind Investing

Nobody can predict the future, but there is a chance the blind purchase of broad-index portfolios will come to an abrupt and potentially chaotic end when the music finally stops. This argument is the thesis of this blog post. This article looks at decision-making ...

The Value Premium: Risk or Mispricing?

One of the great debates in finance is whether the source of the value premium is risk-based or a behavioral anomaly. In our book, “Your Complete Guide to Factor-Based Investing,” my co-author Andrew Berkin and I present the evidence showing ...

Academic Research Insight: The Social Media Factor

Editor's Note: The Academic Research Insight will be a weekly short-form research summary on research that is directly related to investing. Elisabetta Basilico (a PhD and a CFA!) will be driving the effort, which will supplement our long-form summaries, in-house ...

The CFA Institute is Coming to Philly — Give us a Shout!

As many of you probably already know (it seems a large portion of our audience either has a PhD or a CFA), the CFA Institute's Annual Conference is coming to Philadelphia this year. Please let us know if you'll ...

A Direct Test of the Dividend Catering Hypothesis

Why do CEOs decide to pay dividends? That is an interesting question, and one that academics have been researching for years. Miller and Modigiliani in 1961 show that if one assumes perfect and efficient capital markets, and investors should have ...

Research Portal: 1042 ESOP Rollovers for Business Owners

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Like most people confronting a perplexing challenge, business owners who are contemplating a Section 1042 sale of their equity to an ESOP frequently turn to the internet as an initial point of reference to research their tax-deferred rollover options. Many of ...

Chinese Market Anomalies – The Factor Killer?

The Oracle of Omaha just commented on the Chinese stock market in this year's Berkshire's annual meeting: ...Markets have a casino characteristic that has a lot of appeal to people, particularly when they see people getting rich around them. And ...

Do Trading Costs Destroy Factor Investing?

There are a number of recent studies that propose a more rigorous criteria for evaluating the practical significance of factors published in academic research journals. First, Harvey, Liu, and Zhu (2015) argue that a t-stat of 3 should be replacing the ...

(Fight) the Fed Model

Over the past few years, we've been asked questions related to the relationship between stock prices and interest rates. Forms of the question typically look like the following:
  • If interest rates rise, what happens to stock prices?
  • What is the relationship between stocks ...

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