Fundamental factors that improve your investments: A practical guide

Pim Lausberg, Alfred Slager, Philip Stork

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The authors explore how investors can use the factors that drive their portfolio returns, focusing on fundamental factors instead of the widely discussed style factors. Fundamental factors explain the majority of the return variation among assets. There are times that a given factor sensitivity offers exceptionally high or low rewards in all assets exposed to it. The authors present an intuitive framework for measuring and steering fundamental factors in a portfolio. Practical examples show how to identify factor concentration risks and tilt a portfolio toward desired exposures. The authors argue that investors best use a factor-based approach in conjunction with traditional asset allocation, rather than as a substitute. In addition, the authors provide suggestions on how to embed the factor-based approach within an existing investment process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-18
Number of pages11
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


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