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Defensive Equity

How Well Do You Know Your Min Vol Indexes?

August 31, 2021

Defensive equity indexes can vary substantially, even during market crashes, and in many ways more closely resemble active strategies than their cap-weighted counterparts. The Journal of Index...

Top 5 Things Investors Ask About Low Volatility Equity Investing

August 27, 2021

A leading U.S.-based consultant recently asked us to answer some great questions they had about low volatility, or defensive equity investing. We thought we’d share our answers more broadly because...

Is This Any Way to Play Defense in Equity Markets?

August 25, 2021

No evaluation of defensive equity strategies is complete without an examination of their benchmarks; indeed, why not invest in a passive solution? The Journal of Index Investing spotlights this topic...

Do You Need a Journal to Tell You What We've Been Saying All Along? Fine.

August 19, 2021

The Journal of Index Investing recently featured a paper on evaluating defensive equity strategies. Okay, it’s our paper. We’re flattered, of course, but what’s more important is the timing of their...

Improved Factor Investing Can Improve Funding Levels

February 28, 2021

The growth in assets within defensive equity strategies over the past decade since the last financial crisis is evidence of demand for such positioning from investors – and their recognition of the...

Active Management Can Improve Low Volatility Indexes

February 24, 2021

Global equities have enjoyed a historically long bull market – barreling through even a global pandemic. But the same low interest-rates that sustained the unprecedented growth have been a drag on...

How this Low Vol Strategy Creeps it Real

October 29, 2020

It's been a scary year for low volatility strategies. Despite sharing common objectives – less volatility, less drawdown, and market-like return – they haven't all shared the same success. So why...

How Defensive Equity Preserves Capital When it’s Needed Most

October 10, 2020

We’ve covered the potential benefits of defensive equity strategies at length in previous papers, and their increasing market presence over the past decade is testament to their demand from asset...

How Eliminating Constraints Improves Minimum Volatility Indexes

September 30, 2020

As we covered in our previous blog post, minimum volatility indexes are notably more complex than cap-weighted, or even many common style indexes. But they are still designed to be straightforward...

What You Should Know About Minimum Volatility Indexes

September 25, 2020

In a previous paper, Making Sense of Defensive Equity Indexes, we provided an overview of the defensive equity benchmark options from the major index providers. We noted that these indexes can vary...