Machine Learning to the Rescue

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My previous blog post (“Beware! Estimates Dominate Financial Reports,” October 13, 2018) alerted you the hidden secret of accounting: Most balance sheet and income statement items are based on managerial subjective estimates and projections (like depreciation, asset write-offs, bad debts, expected gain on pension assets, etc.). The financial data that many investors are using literally “float on […]

Beware! Estimates Dominate Financial Reports

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Estimates Are Hazardous to Your Wealth. Everyone knows that accounting is boring (not when I teach it, though), but, at least, people think it’s factual. No fake news. After all, accounting comes from counting―counting money, units of inventory, etc. All facts. Nothing further from the truth. Except for a few items on the balance sheet, like cash […]

A New Super Factor: the Investment Case for Knowledge

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We’re pleased to share a new white paper on the market anomaly that rose above value, size, quality, low volatility and momentum factors. Written by Bryce Coward, CFA, the study details the results of first market test of the Knowledge Effect, the tendency of highly innovative companies to deliver excess returns. Download the white paper here: A New Super Factor: The […]

Who Reads Financial Reports? Nobody!

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For several years I have argued, based on comprehensive statistical evidence, that corporate financial reports―quarterly and annual statements―have lost most of their relevance and usefulness to investors. Corporate earnings, in particular, are no longer a reliable measure of enterprise value change, nor are they indicators of future performance and growth. In fact, as I have […]

Tale of the Tape: Equity Investors More Concerned About Rising Inflation Than Slowing Growth

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We calculate statistics for all developed and emerging equity markets around the world. For our mid/large cap indexes, we take the top 85% of all stocks in a given region or country and convert all prices into US Dollars. These Knowledge Leaders Selection Universe (KLSU) Indexes form the basis of our investment products. By calculating […]