Investment Wisdom Podcast – Day 6 of 12

Factor Investing and the Pitfalls of Poor Strategy Construction

Adam Butler, CFA, CAIA
Adam Butler is Chief Investment Officer of ReSolve Asset Management, sub-advisor to an alternative allocation strategy at Rational Funds. He manages ETF and futures based strategies including a global risk parity ETF, two Adaptive Asset Allocation funds, and a multi-strategy hedge fund. Adam is also author of the book Adaptive Asset Allocation: Dynamic Global Portfolios to Profit in Good Times and is ranked in the top 1% of authors by paper downloads on SSRN. He has authored over a dozen papers and dozens of articles on asset allocation; factor investing; quantitative methods; and portfolio optimization. Adam holds both CFA and CAIA charters and appears on BNN Bloomberg and CNBC.

While we have played defense with concepts such as equal risk contribution, which help avoid big losses and mitigate sequence of returns risk, it’s time to play some offense. As we seek to compound our portfolios in the highest possible number of positive rolling periods, we need to better understand where returns are really coming from and how sustainable than can be.

On this 6th day, we will investigate the many ways to harvest excess returns from investment factors (also known as style premia), and how to avoid being specifically wrong in your approach.

Podcast series re-posted with permission from Resolve Asset Management.  Click here to see the original post.