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Power players in German fund selection

A handful of big names are the driving forces in German fund distribution. The selection units at Deutsche Bank, Deka and Union Investment all wield a lot of power but who are the other key players in German fund selection?

Investing in smart beta: the impact of transaction costs

Elisabetta Basillico delves into the latest academic research to examine the after-transaction cost performance of factor investing strategies.

Bad timing: active’s limited downside protection

A forthcoming paper investigates why managers who minimise beta ahead of periods of high volatility and low liquidity fail to post positive performance

The smart beta big question: to tilt or not to tilt?

Combining robust factors that are uncorrelated is the way forward reveals quant expert Elisabetta Basilico.

Good news: equities aren’t overvalued!

New research into valuation metrics reveals only 20% of the Dow Jones' constituents are in bubble territory - time to switch tracker?

Fake news! Don’t believe the ETF scare stories

It’s easy to obsess over ETF failures to deliver and short interest, but this misses the point.

Taking the smart beta plunge? Follow these golden rules

From torturing data to false discoveries, quant expert Elisabetta Basilico reveals the pitfalls to avoid when delving into factor investing.

What Trump is really doing in Poland

Bloomberg New Energy Finance founder Michael Liebreich gave Citywire his take on what the president's Warsaw trip signals ahead of G20 talks this week.

Amundi smart beta & factor chief: why I'm remodelling MinVar range

Bruno Taillardat explains the pitfalls of constructing a minimum variance strategy in today’s investment climate.

FCA report: passive bias 'is not the case'

Industry participants argue each directive from the watchdog reinforces the benefits of passive investing.