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In this series of articles the systematic investment manager, Realindex, highlights a range of topical issues in financial markets and quantitative investing.
The two papers we examine look into the historically strong performance (and recent weak performance) of what are known as “sin” stocks; typically those that produce alcohol, tobacco and weapons. “Sin” stocks are usually considered to be those whose activities are dominated by what would be consi...
“There are two related themes currently emerging globally; COVID-19 and the oil supply dispute. They have serious knock-on effects to economic conditions and to financial markets
Intangible assets are often overlooked in traditional valuation metrics despite being a meaningful measure of ‘firm footprint’. Generally accepted accounting practices often expense rather than capitalise investments into Research and Development (R&D) and marketing.
Stocks we view as expensive (based on Price to Book, Price to Sales, Price to Cash flow and Dividend Yield) such as Microsoft, Amazon and Tencent have run strongly in January as well. At the same time, stocks we view as cheap, based on the valuations mentioned above, have sold off somewhat, but t...
Systematic investor Joanna Nash discusses ways to reduce carbon emissions in portfolios.
Sales is currently a factor in our Core footprint-weighted portfolio methodology. In this note, we compare Sales against Gross Profit, and discuss the rationale and historical back-test performance of each strategy. We argue Sales potentially provides a biased picture of a firm’s footprint as it ...
We pose the question – what if we could develop a way of predicting which companies are more likely to be suffering distress, and which were not? The idea contains three parts: A. Certain individual observations or metrics can separately tell us about stocks that might – in the near future – fin...
On the surface Value underperformed throughout 2020, but once we remove technology stocks like Tesla and Amazon from the equation, we can see that Value kept up with the broader market. Entering 2021, we are witnessing a strong rebound in Value. How should investors be approaching tech companies?
“In some of our index focused strategies we can’t divest – so we need to let companies know which issues are important to shareholders.” Find out how investors can enact change from the top down with Realindex Portfolio Manager Joanna Nash.
Just like momentum or quality, ESG can be approached as a filterable factor. Find out how it’s possible with Realindex Portfolio Manager Joanna Nash.
Recent actions by China in Hong Kong and rising geopolitical tensions between China and the US have resulted in the US taking a range of actions including the enactment of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act. One potential consequence of this Act is the forced delisting of Chinese Ameri...
Podcast: COVID-19 - The rise of value investing?
Most of us would have started 2021 with the hope that the worst of the COVID crisis was behind us, and some return to normality was just around the corner. We were quickly dislodged from this hopeful place with new variants of the pandemic virus emerging, ongoing lockdowns and travel restrictions...
Diversified Alpha is a core systematic strategy designed to deliver consistent, risk-adjusted returns above the benchmark, with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations embedded into the process.
New data reveals stronger correlations between female executive participation and company performance/returns. Investors could be overlooking gender diversity as a predictor of profitability and share market returns, a new study shows. While correlations between corporate female participation and...
Over the last 5 years, China has been on the rise within the Emerging Markets. We have all heard the story of the China Dragon and the impressive growth that the Chinese economy has been able to achieve relative to other large economies since the early 1990s. Even more recently as its growth has ...
Contrary to common misconception, value stocks are not low quality stocks. Good value managers target quality value stocks.The recent underperformance of value is driven off a very narrow base of tech-related growth stocks. After accounting for Tesla, NVIDIA, AMD, Apple and Amazon, we show that v...
On the 24th of February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. This has led to numerous sanctions being imposed upon the Russian regime by the international community. Sanctions are typically issued by governments targeting individuals, corporations or governments in order to force their compliance with l...
Discover how our equity managers with one of Australia's longest track records provide capital and income growth by investing in the Australian share market.
This final paper is somewhat shorter than the first two, and simply aims to look a little deeper into whether zombie firms appear in Realindex portfolios, and how a Quality factor acts as a repellent for these stocks. This is more important in Value-oriented portfolios as the potential appearance...
Time flies in the world of investments, and the themes that were emerging last year have gathered speed since then. late in 2021 we published a realinsights paper on the long-term relationship between inflation and value-style investing, focused on whether the inflation spike we had been ...
The existence of “zombie” firms is a dangerous and growing problem in the global economy. These are companies that would normally have gone bankrupt or been restructured but have been kept alive by sympathetic credit policy and interest rates which are artificially and extraordinarily low.
Incorporated in 1885, BHP began as a silver, lead and zinc mine in Broken Hill, Australia. Over the next century the company grew into one of the largest diversified resource companies in the world with operations including oil and gas, steel production and mining of a variety of commodities incl...
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There was a large jump in capital raisings – in April alone 26 companies in the S&P/ASX300 issued new stock. By the end of 2020, 104 of these companies had undertaken raisings - the most number of companies that had ever raised equity in single year - totalling almost $40 billion.
What are zombie firms? How can they affect Australian investors?
Conventional wisdom suggests that value-style investments (‘Value’) outperform their growth-style (‘Growth’) counterparts during periods of higher inflation . But in a period of growing inflation and unprecedented conditions, we believe it is useful to test this assumption. This article outlines ...
Realindex Investments explores the key concerns surrounding the Treasury's super reform initiative.
Is there a problem with zombie firms today? David Walsh, Head of Investments at Realindex Investments explores the effects of zombie firms on the market and the nuances of how we define and understand them.
Emerging Markets investors have been surprised by the growing dominance of China tech which has brought about increased imbalance. This trend will likely continue which will lead to growing concentration risk as well.
Many asset owners take considerable time and effort in building lists of stocks which they wish to have excluded from their portfolios. Investment managers (like Realindex) implement their investment strategy using these lists as universe exclusions, position restrictions or exposure restrictions.
A great deal of corporate and regulatory activity in the current economic environment has been focused on capital retention, especially with regard to dividends paid by financial institutions. It has generated significant financial press1 and research coverage (for example, from the broker and ac...
Equity markets are currently at all-time highs. This has generated returns which, we believe, are unlikely to continue, so we need to think about where returns are likely to come from over the next 10 years. We need to think about how investors can position themselves to take advantage of this. T...