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How much sugar is in your sugar?

Soviet-era Polish cinematography is often a source of seemingly absurd catchphrases repeated for generations. “How much sugar is in your sugar” is a classic one from the quirky professor in the 1973 comedy Man-Woman Wanted. When we target particular factors within our equity exposures, I increasingly find myself taking on the role of the professor as I try to answer the question “How much factor is in my factor?”. It might seem like an odd question but we can answer this by relying on simple factor definitions and a holistic approach to combining factors. It’s only once we know what our true exposures are, that we can consider how we avoid any unintended secondary exposures that have the potential to sour the overall outcome.

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FBI – How can it help you?

In my recent post "What to factor in and what to factor out?," I explained what the ‘factor’ in factor-based investing really means. While its acronym (FBI) gives the impression that it's rather complex, like the US organisation, investors have been increasingly looking to factor-based investing to drive their investment returns. It's time to consider why...

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Unexpected inspiration from Mary Berry for income investors

For the seventh season, Mary Berry has us all glued to our TV screens watching the second (after the Olympics) most important competitive event of the year – the Great British Bake Off (GBBO). Mary has always highlighted the importance of sequencing to producing a good bake; something that income-focused investors should also pay close attention to if they are looking for more certainty around their investment outcomes.

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How much do you pay for your free lunch?

Diversification benefit is often described as the only free lunch in investing. But not if fees eat half of it right in front of your eyes!

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