smart beta

A Guidepost for Investing in “Smart Beta” ETFs

Over the past several years traditional market cap weighted indexes have been derided. Why? Because upstarts, known as “smart beta” have taken the ETF marketplace by storm and are trying to dislodge traditional indexing . And one of the oft-repeated arguments against traditional indexing that you’re guaranteed to read about or see is something like, …

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One Place Where So-Called “Smart Beta” Hasn’t Been Very Smart

Never mind what the cute marketing brochures or what nouveau indexers say. The trumped-up allegations that beta is somehow “smart” or “better” is a grand ole fairytale. (Audio) Listen to Ron DeLegge @ The Index Investing Show While “smart beta” types (formerly referred to as fundamental indexers) are pumping up their equity concoctions (NYSEARCA:PRF), their …

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Smart Beta Investing: New Paradigm or Word Trick

Is so-called smart beta investing a new and improved way to invest or just another one of Wall Street’s fancy sales pitches? Smart beta strategies (formerly known as “fundamental indexing”) in the investment world generally fall into two camps: 1) Indexes that use a one-dimensional or simple formulas, like equal weighting all the stocks within a benchmark like the …

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