Edhec-Risk institute smart beta indices hit $8bn

The value of assets tracking the Edhec-Risk Institute smart beta indices has topped $8bn, according to the French research centre.

The value has tripled over the past year, particularly with the adoption of its Scientific Meta Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy offering.

Now the research institute is looking to increase the level of indexed assets to over $12bn by the end of 2015. A crucial driver will be the transparency built into Edhec-Risk Institute’s approach to smart beta: it notes that the Scientific Beta platform offers fully open access to all performance data, historical compositions and construction methodologies of the Scientific Beta indices.

Noël Amenc, set to head Scientific Beta, the indexing arm of Edhec-Risk Institute from 1 August, said: “Smart beta is a commoditisation of two essential contributions from modern portfolio and asset pricing theory, namely allocating to factors that are well rewarded over the long term and reducing unrewarded risks through diversification. These two ingredients are the core of the Smart Beta 2.0 offering marketed by Scientific Beta.”

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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