A closer look at momentum-driven smart beta strategies

The current vogue for smart beta strategies driven by the momentum effect is nothing new, but the market still struggles to explain the phenomenon and can't agree on the best way of capturing it, says Future Value Consultants' Tim Mortimer

Tim Mortimer, Future Value Consultants

The growth of smart beta strategies continues to attract phenomenal interest from investors. New solutions have been put forward from traditional index providers as well as investment banks and fund managers as firms seeks to bolster returns amid a moribund climate for yields.

It remains surprising, then, to consider that the universe of smart beta strategies lacks a commonly agreed definition.

Before the advent of smart beta, the funds world could be comfortably split into two

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