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Fundamental Indexation

35 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2004 Last revised: 30 Dec 2016

Robert D. Arnott

Research Affiliates, LLC

Jason C. Hsu

Rayliant Global Advisors; Research Affiliates, LLC; University of California, Los Angeles - Anderson School of Business

Philip Moore

Pacific Investment Consultants, LLC

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Date Written: 2005

Abstract

A trillion-dollar industry is based on investing in or benchmarking to capitalization-weighted indexes, even though the finance literature rejects the mean-variance efficiency of such indexes. This study investigates whether stock market indexes based on an array of cap-indifferent measures of company size are more mean-variance efficient than those based on market cap. These “Fundamental” indexes were found to deliver consistent, significant benefits relative to standard cap-weighted indexes. The true importance of the difference may have been best noted by Benjamin Graham: In the short run, the market is a voting machine, but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.

Keywords: Indexation, Fundamental Indexing, Non-cap based indexing, Mean-Variance Efficiency, Portfolio Construction, Value Premium, Return Predicability

Suggested Citation

Arnott, Robert D. and Hsu, Jason C. and Moore, Philip, Fundamental Indexation (2005). Financial Analysts Journal, Vol. 61, No. 2, March/April 2005, pp. 83-99.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=604842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.604842

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