Why your fund isn’t doing well: understanding the relationship between skill, active weight and fees

Month upon month, we see that articles and studies out about active management under performing their benchmarks, some say it due to fees and others due to managers having no skill. Personally I think it’s a bit of both, I will demonstrate mathematically how fund constraints combined with fees can make outperformance very difficult. First […]

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Portfolio Construction and Optimization

This is a talk I gave for the Toronto R users group on using various R packages for portfolio construction and optimization with the accompanying source code. So readers can see some of this tech applied to a real product I have included some unofficial (after fee) performance numbers for the Stance Equity product at […]

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Case Study: Leveraging Risk Efficient Portfolios for enhanced returns

Academics have been shouting from the rooftops about risk-efficient portfolios (minimum variance, minimum correlation, minimum expected shortfall etc) and their merits, for some time now. This has led to a suite of indices from EDHEC-Risk, many minimum variance funds, ETFs, risk parity products and the like. The goal of the experiment here is to see […]

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