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BNP Paribas Asset management has been among the leaders in factor investing since 2009, with a quantitative team of more than 40 professionals and a comprehensive range of strategies spanning different factors, asset classes and regions.
Why factor investing
Factor investing is an investment approach that involves tilting portfolios towards and/or away from specific factors in an attempt to generate long-term investment returns in excess of benchmarks.
Coupled with the expertise of a skilled and experienced investment manager, factor investing can offer a number of benefits including:
We have been managing equity and fixed income factor-based strategies for over a decade. Today, we offer a broad range of strategies that seek to capture sources of alpha across one or multiple factors: low volatility/risk, quality, value/carry, momentum.
Our strategies incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations and follow a fully systematic process that builds on the findings of proprietary research by our Quantitative Research Group (QRG). Our dedicated quantitative teams include over 40 experienced experts.
Our Quantitative Research Group (QRG) and portfolio management teams regularly publish proprietary research into asset classes, factors and strategies.
Past performance or achievement is not indicative of current or future performance.
Any views expressed here are those of the author as of the date of publication, are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may take different investment decisions for different clients. This document does not constitute investment advice.
The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial investment. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.
Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors, is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, to greater uncertainty because less information and/or less liquidity is available or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions).
Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.
Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions).
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment risk: The lack of common or harmonised definitions and labels integrating ESG and sustainability criteria at EU level may result in different approaches by managers when setting ESG objectives. This also means that it may be difficult to compare strategies integrating ESG and sustainability criteria to the extent that the selection and weightings applied to select investments may be based on metrics that may share the same name but have different underlying meanings. In evaluating a security based on the ESG and sustainability criteria, the Investment Manager may also use data sources provided by external ESG research providers. Given the evolving nature of ESG, these data sources may for the time being be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable. Applying responsible business conduct standards in the investment process may lead to the exclusion of securities of certain issuers. Consequently, (the Sub-Fund's) performance may at times be better or worse than the performance of relatable funds that do not apply such standards.