The term ‘Smart beta’ has recently established itself as the clear winner in the battle to become the investment industry’s preferred label for an eclectic mix of diverse investment strategies. The common thread linking these various ‘Smart beta’ approaches is the objective of providing investors with a different – but still systematic – equity exposure to that offered by traditional cap-weighted indices.
Smart beta is available in many different forms and flavours, but why should cap-weighting be so dim-witted in comparison with those weighting strategies that have been dubbed ‘smart’? Can smart beta ensure that the benefits of performing well are not outweighed by the high cost of active management, as has been the case in the past?
These questions and more will be addressed in the Investment webinar: Diversification with smart beta.