In conversations with our clients, we often talk about investment premiums, which are characteristics of companies whose stocks have historically outperformed. The three premiums we discuss most often are size, valuation, and profitability. In short, companies that are smaller in size, have low valuations, and have high profitability, have historically outperformed. In this article we’ll be specifically focusing in on the size premium. Looking back over nearly a century of market history is ... [Continue Reading]
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As the chart below shows, 2020’s second-quarter rise in equity market performance was as dramatic as the previous quarter’s decline. With plenty of bumps along the way, the S&P 500 is now up more than 40% from the bottom on March 23. 1 If we view these recent extreme market events as isolated time periods, we can see the sharp contrast between the first two quarters of 2020 (Chart 1, below). These quarters were truly “tail events.” Q1 produced the fifth worst return, and Q2 ... [Continue Reading]
Robert Merton has a long list of accomplishments, among them the most prominent is his award of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on the Black-Scholes-Merton model on derivatives. This work was fundamental in understanding how financial markets should price in risk and uncertainty in options markets. In a recent webcast, Dimensional Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer Gerard O’Reilly engaged with Professor Merton on a number of subjects relating to risk, uncertainty, and ... [Continue Reading]
Both Dimensional Fund Advisors and Vanguard have published their 2019 stewardship reports for investors. These reports focus on the money managers' duties, responsibilities, and actions in the corporate governance area, including board composition, executive pay, and environmental and social concerns. We want to highlight the availability of these reports and are happy to discuss them with you in more detail if this is of interest. Read them here:DFA 2019 Annual Stewardship ... [Continue Reading]
Our recommended reading today is a throwback to March 27, 2019, when we published Why We Won’t Panic Because the Yield Curve Inverted (And Neither Should You). In that post, we shared a number of reasons why we advised against reading into a yield curve inversion too deeply. One reason we cited was that while a yield curve inversion had a strong track record of predicting recessions in the U.S. over the past 60 years, the evidence internationally was less convincing. Another reason ... [Continue Reading]