A smart-beta pioneer, Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates warns that these investment vehicles are in a bubble, says an article in last week’s Bloomberg. Smart-beta ETFs organize securities based on quantitative factors like volatility or “cheapness”, and the article explains that Arnott’s position is nothing new (he publicly battled with Cliff Asness on the topic […]
Although EM stocks have taken a beating in recent years, things may be looking up, writes Validea CEO John Reese in this week’s TheStreet. Reese offers insight from Research Affiliate’s Rob Arnott, who thinks that, notwithstanding swelled valuations (based on Shiller PE ratios), “emerging-market stocks offer an attractive combination of depressed currencies, low valuations and […]
Countries don’t have to be great to see significant market growth, according to Research Affiliates’ CEO Rob Arnott as explained in a recent Investment News article. In fact, the article says, since Arnott first recommended emerging markets in January, the “average diversified markets fund has gained 7.8%, and 17.8% since the February low.” He believes […]
“The healthy economy is one that makes its own decisions,” says Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates concerning possible fallout from Britain’s vote to stay or leave the European Union. In a recent CNBC interview, Arnott shared his views on the concern around Thursday’s result and how it will impact the markets. According to Arnott, the […]
Maybe not always. At least that was the upshot of a debate between Cliff Asness of AQR and Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates, panelists at the recent Morningstar conference in Chicago. Although they debated various topics, they seemed to agree that value stocks deserve attention when they’re cheap. According to Asness, founder and managing principal […]
The word “smart” is thrown around a lot these days to describe phones, tables, and a host of other gadgets intended to make our life easier. But, as we know, the mere existence of capabilities doesn’t necessarily mean those capabilities work well. Rob Arnott, founder of Research Affiliates, discussed this as it relates to the […]
The U.S. stock market is expensive and bond yields aren’t far from record lows. European and emerging market stocks, on the other hand, have approached stomach-turning status, says Jason Zweig of the Wall Street Journal. The European market has dropped by 12% while emerging markets have plummeted by 21.8%. Stabilized oil prices and a possible […]
Rob Arnott, founder and chairman of Research Affiliates, says that the recent market environment is reminiscent of 1999, just before the tech bubble burst. Writing in Barron’s, Arnott argues that the following four “conditions parallel the extremes of the late 1990s:” “Falling inflation expectations,” which Arnott argues “snap back in reasonably short order.” He observes […]
Cliff Asness, co-founder of AQR Capital Management, added fuel to the debate over “smart beta” investing with a recent paper attacking arguments made by Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates. Arnott, once understood as a proponent of smart beta approaches due to his research and development of fundamental indexing, claimed that many smart beta exchange traded […]
Rob Arnott and Christopher Brightman of Research Affiliates recently discussed the allocation and performance of PIMCO All Asset Fund, which goes outside mainstream investments into what they describe as the Third Pillar. Arnott explains that a three-year bear market in Third Pillar investments has impacted investors’ outcomes and outlooks. Although the fund’s 7% loss from […]
The “smart beta” investing movement has gained a lot of followers – and fund inflows – over the past few years. But now there are signs that the influx of money into these approaches may be leading to big trouble, Validea CEO John P. Reese writes in his latest column for Canada’s Globe and Mail. […]
MarketWatch reports that Rob Arnott, chairman of Research Affiliates, says that smart beta has now become so popular that it is dangerous. Arnott, whose research helped to fuel interest in smart beta funds, says that a “smart-beta crash” is “reasonably likely.” Smart beta funds have focused on stocks with characteristics such as low volatility or […]
Yale professor Roger Ibbotson and Research Affiliates founder Rob Arnott debated the challenges and opportunities of timing the market at the 2015 Schwab IMPACT conference. As reported by Financial Advisor, the two speakers generally agreed that “the stocks that are the most popular will do the worst, as Ibbotson said, or, as Arnott put it, […]
If you’re looking for good vacation ideas, you should look for places with positive reviews on any number of websites that offer ratings on hotels, restaurants, and activities. If you want to make money in stocks, however, Validea CEO John Reese says to seek out some unloved “one-star” locales.
Fundamental indexing guru Rob Arnott says that to get bargains, you have to invest in places where fears are high. Right now, he says that means to look in places like emerging markets and Europe.