Quantitative Strategies for Achieving Alpha The Standard and Poor's Approach to Testing Your Investment Choices

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-11-17
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Alpha, higher-than-expected returns generated by an investment strategy, is the holy grail of the investment world. Achieve alpha, and you've beaten the market on a risk-adjusted basis.Quantitative Strategies for Achieving Alphawas borne from equity analyst Richard Tortoriello's efforts to create a series of quantitative stock selection models for his company, Standard & Poor's, and produce a "road map" of the market from a quantitative point of view.With this practical guide, you will gain an effective instrument that can be used to improve your investment process, whether you invest qualitatively, quantitatively, or seek to combine both. Each alpha-achieving strategy has been extensively back-tested using Standard & Poor's Compustat Point in Time database and has proven to deliver alpha over the long term.Quantitative Strategies for Achieving Alphapresents a wide variety of individual and combined investment strategies that consistently predict above-market returns. The result is a comprehensive investment mosaic that illustrates clearly those qualities and characteristics that make an investment attractive or unattractive. This valuable work contains: A wide variety of investment strategies built around the seven basics that drive future stock market returns: profitability, valuation, cash flow generation, growth, capital allocation, price momentum, and red flags (risk) A building-block approach to quantitative analysis based on 42single-factor and nearly 70 two- and three-factor backtests, whichshow the investor how to effectively combine individual factors into robust investment screens and models More than 20 proven investment screens for generating winning investment ideas Suggestions for using quantitative strategies to manage risk and for structuring your own quantitative portfolios Advice on using quantitative principles to do qualitative investment research, including sample spreadsheetsThis powerful, data intensive book will help you clearly see what empirically drives the market, while providing the tools to make more profitable investment decisions based on that knowledge--through both bull and bear markets.

Author Biography

Richard Tortoriello is the aerospace and defense analyst in the equity research division of Standard & Poor's.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In Search of Alphap. 1
Methodologyp. 11
The Day-To-Day Drivers of Stock Market Returnsp. 37
Profitabilityp. 59
Valuationp. 103
Cash Flowp. 151
Growthp. 181
Capital Allocationp. 213
Price Momentump. 259
Red Flagsp. 295
Collected Wisdomp. 333
Combining the Factorsp. 347
Integrating the Strategies into Your Investment Approachp. 375
The Building Blocksp. 399
Two-Factor Strategiesp. 405
Average Portfolio Values by Quintilep. 417
Indexp. 461
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