Investing in a Multidimensional Market
13 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2014 Last revised: 22 Jun 2020
Date Written: September 23, 2014
Many years ago, the authors demonstrated that there is much greater dimensionality to the stock market than is suggested by the one-factor capital asset pricing model. Investors today continue to underestimate the market’s dimensionality through their recent embrace of “smart beta” strategies. Such strategies assume a market in which a few chosen factors produce persistent returns. In reality, there are numerous factors that produce returns, which vary over time. Those returns can best be captured by a multidimensional approach that emphasizes diversification across many proprietary factors and continuous adjustment of exposures to those factors.
Keywords: Equity investing, portfolio management, factors, smart beta, smart alpha, disentangling, pure returns, anomalies, market complexity, multidimensional portfolios, rebalancing, small cap, value, low volatility, crowding, front running, management costs, turnover, generic factors, proprietary factors
JEL Classification: G11
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