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I made a joke on Twitter last week about starting the "Better Backtesting Bureau," but with 200+ likes, it seems to have resonated...
 


The more I think about it, though, the more I think it's not such a horrible idea.  

There are hundreds – if not thousands – of "smart-beta" indices with publicly disclosed methodologies.  Nevertheless, actually understanding what drives the returns of the strategy can be rather complicated.

Value, for example, is never just value.  There are a lot of decisions that need to be made in constructing a value portfolio.  

The tyranny of these small details was the basis for a recent interview I did with Validea for their Five Questions series as well as this week's commentary.

This week, I take a deep dive into one such strategy – the Barclays Shiller CAPE US Sector index – which is one of the few value strategies that has actually done well in recent years.

What I find, though, is that the success may have nothing to do with value at all.  (PDF)

⚡️Corey


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