Gold: A Zero-Risk Monetary Asset

During the 2008 financial crisis, gold was used in international settlements as a zero-risk asset after many decades of being sidelined in the monetary system. Since then the world’s central banks have been substantially increasing their official gold reserves. Gold’s old emergency usefulness resurfaced, albeit behind closed doors, at the BIS in Basel, Switzerland.

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Factor Investing Pure and Simple

Published By: HSBC Global Asset Management | 27/07/2017

Common smart beta strategies are based on well-established risk premia factors: value, small cap, momentum, low volatility and quality. HSBC has uncovered that many of these indices exhibit unintended exposures to unrelated factors because of their simplistic construction methods. 

In Factor Investing: Pure and Simple, HSBC investigates measuring the purity of smart beta strategies based on the portion of active risk driven by the targeted factor. The paper also explores practical applications and strategies to enhance investment performance through factor investing.


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