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Talking heads – Quantitative investing: using facts for security selection

Daniel Morris
30/01/2023 · 2 Min
This material is intended for Institutional Investors (as defined in the Securities and Futures Act, Chapter 289 of Singapore) only and is not suitable or intended for persons who do not qualify as such.

Picking investable assets for a portfolio can be hard. Fundamental analysis focuses on what investors believe will happen in the future. Quantitative investing, by contrast, focuses on the facts: how historical data relationships may give us insight into future market moves, helping us to systematically select assets on the basis of signals or factors.

On this Talking heads podcast, senior quantitative analyst Frederic Abergel discusses the basics with chief market strategist Daniel Morris. They then go into how risks are managed in a portfolio and discuss three ways of measuring the performance of a multifactor portfolio.

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