Is low vol crowded? That depends who you ask

Equity drawdowns have pushed more investors into low volatility strategies, raising fears of a build-up of risk

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As market turbulence caused investors to flock to safety last year, low volatility investing provided them with at least some of the protection they were looking for.

The factor investing strategy – which in its most naive form buys the least volatile stocks over time – dropped 5% in 2022 compared with the S&P 500, which fell more than three times as far.

The low vol factor works on the premise that previously stable companies are more likely to weather unstable market conditions. But now some

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