IFM Active Equities: Research Recap 2020

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The philosophy underlying our active large cap equity portfolios centres on the belief that listed equity markets are relatively efficient and that the best way to generate consistent value is to use a systematic (or quantitative) approach combined with the judgment and skills of a fundamental overlay.

Proprietary empirical research and testing are key components of this approach. Through our own research, we seek to continuously evolve our investment process as markets change and existing opportunities are arbitraged away.

2020 was a busy year for research, with the team delivering four in-depth whitepapers covering the track record of Concentrated Managers, Low Risk Active Funds, the pit-falls of over reliance on Tracking Error and Expectations @ Risk.

This article summarises the key findings of these research papers and outlines the implications for managing active equity portfolios.

* Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

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Robert Pinnuck

Rob is Head of Research and a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Large Cap Active Equities strategies, responsible for leading the research effort as well as stock analysis, systematic research and portfolio construction. He has also written and designed the team’s portfolio analytics software called Portfolio Interactive (PI).

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Lachlan Davis

Lachlan leads IFM Investors’ Large Cap Active Equities strategies and has more than 20 years of experience in managing equity portfolios. He began his career as a graduate with Shell, then completed an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management, which included an exchange to the Stern Business School in New York.

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