The Man Who Solved the Market

Until recently, stories about the investment management firm Renaissance Technologies and its flagship Medallion fund were relegated to hedge fund mythology and investor folklore. Unverifiable anecdotes around performance numbers trouncing the S&P 500 left many wondering if the team at Renaissance had managed to “crack” financial markets and whether the rumors were too good to…

What We Can Learn from Poker About Investment Management

Investing and poker have a lot in common. Both involve a balance of known and unknown information, and both involve updating probabilities when new information is presented. One might suggest investing is slightly trickier than poker given that the “rules” of the game can adapt over time, but at a high level both share a…

How to Overcome Home Country Bias in Investing

Home country bias is when an investor has more of their portfolio allocated to financial securities domiciled in the country in which they reside than what global market value proportions would dictate. While home country bias is pervasive across the globe, Canadian investors are typically more prone to this phenomenon. Studies suggest anywhere between 50-60%…

Why You Should Expect Some Underperformance

Investment managers that employ trend-following strategies have had a challenging few years. Though not as significant as the underperformance realized by the value factor (relative to the growth factor), the last eighteen months of sideways, volatile price action in global equity markets has some pioneers of trend-following strategies questioning whether the strategy is still viable….

The Moral Animal – Why We Are The Way We Are

For those interested in human psychology and how evolutionary forces can influence the way individuals make decisions, The Moral Animal – Why We Are The Way We Are by Robert Wright is a fascinating read. It explores the science of evolutionary psychology, examining the historical context around how the theory of natural selection was conceptualized…

What to Do in Periods of Underperformance

Underperformance for investment managers is a tricky topic of discussion. When managers acknowledge a period of underperformance, it can be misconstrued by investors as accepting defeat. In reality, it is inevitable that every good investment strategy will experience a period of underperformance. Sticking with a strong investment strategy that is going through a period of…

Are Backtested Results Effective?

One of the key factors influencing the success of raising capital for a new investment strategy is what is known as a “backtest.” When an investment strategy has little to no auditable track record (i.e. the strategy is new or hasn’t launched yet), firms looking to raise capital for an algorithmic or quantitative strategy tend…