Tag: returns

Theme Recap 15.12.2018

A quick look at the results of some of our most popular investment strategies over the last 200-days.

Static Momentum Themes

Static Momentum Themes 200-day performance

Dynamic Momentum Themes

Dynamic Momentum Themes 200-day performance

Value Themes

Value Themes 200-day performance

Machine Learning Themes

Machine Learning Themes 200-day performance

Neural Network Themes

Neural Network Themes 200-day performance

*BRK denotes returns after assuming a brokerage of 0.1% and an STT of 0.1%

A complete list of Themes and investment strategies can be found here.

Theme Recap 08.12.2018

A quick look at the results of some of our most popular investment strategies over the last 200-days.

Static Momentum Themes

Static Momentum Themes 200-day performance

Dynamic Momentum Themes

Dynamic Momentum Themes 200-day performance

Value Themes

Value Themes 200-day performance

Machine Learning Themes

Machine Learning Themes 200-day performance

Neural Network Themes

Neural Network Themes 200-day performance

*BRK denotes returns after assuming a brokerage of 0.1% and an STT of 0.1%

A complete list of Themes and investment strategies can be found here.

US vs. Indian Midcaps

According to investopedia, home country bias refers to the tendency for investors to favor companies from their own countries over those from other countries or regions. This tendency to invest in our own backyard is not unusual or surprising; it is a worldwide phenomenon. This bias is also understandable. After all, we are inclined to recognize and value domestic brands, and consequently, to trust in their solidity and ability to perform well on our behalf. Investors who exhibit home country bias with their investments tend to be optimistic about their domestic markets, and are either pessimistic or indifferent toward foreign markets.

Indian financial media will have us believe that investing in Indian midcaps is the road to riches. There is some truth in it. If you compare returns since early 2000’s, Indian midcaps trounced US midcaps:
US.IND.MIDCAP.2001

But something broke in 2010:
US.IND.MIDCAP.2010

The reasons are many. However, if you think back to 2008, Indian banks came out fairly unscathed from the credit crunch. Investors expected Indian markets to out-perform. But exactly the reverse happened. Year-on-year returns did not really call an early winner either:
US.IND.MIDCAP.annual

This is precisely why investors should diversify across geographies. When it comes to markets, anything can happen.


RUA: Russell 3000 Index tracks the performance of the 3,000 largest U.S.-traded stocks which represent about 98% of all U.S incorporated equity securities.
MID: S&P Mid-Cap 400 Index tracks a diverse basket of medium-sized U.S. firms.

Russell 3000 and the Cap-Weight opt-out

At first, the US Russell 3000 Value index (RAV) out-performed Growth (RAG) for over 6 years. Then 2008 happened and everything got crushed. Since then, Growth has out-performed Value by a huge margin.
Russell 3000 growth vs. value

Look at the chart closely, however, and you will notice that plain-vanilla cap-weight (RUA) is bang in the middle. Sure, it trailed Growth by about 60% cumulated over 15 years. But equities are only a part of a diversified portfolio and going cap-weight doesn’t require you to choose between Growth and Value – an endless debate that even academics are divided over. Cap-weight is good enough.

Besides, Growth out-performed Value by a noticeable margin in only 4 out of 15 years. Otherwise, the returns have been more or less on par:
Russell 3000 growth vs. value annual returns

There will always be debate over which strategy is “better” but sometimes, given a choice between Chocolate Chip and Very Berry Strawberry, picking Vanilla and sticking with it over the long haul makes the most sense.

Theme Recap 01.12.2018

A quick look at the results of some of our most popular investment strategies over the last 200-days.

Static Momentum Themes

Static Momentum Themes 200-day performance

Dynamic Momentum Themes

Dynamic Momentum Themes 200-day performance

Value Themes

Value Themes 200-day performance

Machine Learning Themes

Machine Learning Themes 200-day performance

Neural Network Themes

Neural Network Themes 200-day performance

*BRK denotes returns after assuming a brokerage of 0.1% and an STT of 0.1%

A complete list of Themes and investment strategies can be found here.