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Pushing smart beta further

The rise of smart beta has just got another boost thanks to a study commissioned by Norway’s ministry of finance for its Government Pension Fund Global. It asked index provider MSCI to look into the feasibility of running smart beta strategies for large portfolios. Very few institutions with the size of GPFG’s $400-billion equity portfolio […]

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Empirical literature and MSCI analysis show that high implementation costs indicate there is little evidence the average managers in either emerging market or small caps have produced either higher or more persistent risk-adjusted returns relative to their developed market and mid-cap peers.