The 'Smart Beta 2014' special report comprises seven separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
A recent survey of 300 institutional investors in the US and Europe by State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) – “Beyond Active and Passive, Advanced Beta Comes of Age” – found that 42 per cent of investors currently use advanced beta (or smart beta depending on your semantic tastes) and a further 24 per cent plan to do so over the next three years.
By Valérie Baudson, Amundi – Providing our institutional clients with the most innovative and proven solutions has been the key driver behind the successful development of Amundi ETF & Indexing’s business. Today, smart beta is clearly a strategic development axis for us.
By Noël Amenc, EDHEC-Risk Institute – Two of the main points of criticism of cap-weighted indices, which only offer limited access to the risk premia of equity markets, are the following:
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There was a clear example this April of just how far smart beta investing has come. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) announced that it had agreed to acquire Westpeak Global Advisors, a firm that offers full-customisable solutions for smart beta investing; a clear sign of endorsement by GSAM that this area of equity investing has value.
At Risk Based Investment Solutions Ltd (RBIS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Rothschild Group, there is a firm belief that smart beta has a promising future. In fact, Herve Foucault (pictured), Head of Business and Product Development, goes so far as to say: “This is a real paradigm shift from the traditional cap-weighted model.”
Last September, Man Group’s GLG broadened out its highly successful broker-driven Europe Plus strategy which launched in 2011 as an ETF, to include two more strategies covering Continental Europe Plus (ex-UK) and Asia Plus (ex-Japan).