Eri Scientific Beta, the smart beta index provider set up in 2013 by Edhec-Risk Institute, has launched High Profitability and Low Investment, two families of smart “quality-type” factor indices allowing investors access to additional risk premia.
These new smart factor indices have been available on Eri Scientific Beta platform since March 20, 2015.
“The role of these separate factors relating to firm characteristics has been documented in recent empirical studies. Eri Scientific Beta’s High Profitability and Low Investment factors rely on straightforward and parsimonious indicators, and provide more robust performance benefits than ad-hoc stock picking indicators of “quality” currently used in the industry.
“By proposing not one but two smart factor quality indices, Eri Scientific Beta is allowing investors to gain exposure to two very different, and therefore highly decorrelated, factors that represent two dimensions of the quality approach.
“This dissociation is in contrast with grey indices constructed through multi-criteria approaches that are not consistent with academic research in the area of quality.
“The performance of factor-tilted indices is improved by the use of the diversified multi-strategy scheme offered by Scientific Beta,” the company said.
Over the very long term (1974-2014), these smart factors have outperformed their corresponding cap-weighted indices by an average annual rate of 3.61% for the US market.
 Based on long-term track records from December 1974 to December 2014 (40 years) for the SciBeta Long-Term United States High-Profitability Diversified Multi-Strategy and SciBeta Long-Term United States Low-Investment Diversified Multi-Strategy indices.