Factor-based investing: The basics

August 12, 2019

 

The basics of factor-based investing: Enrich your client discussions with our brief education piece.

Share this piece with clients to supplement your discussions about factor-based investing. Help them identify common factors and the basis of their respective premiums. The piece also explains key features of these dynamic investment products.

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Notes:

  • All investing is subject to risk, including possible loss of principal.
  • Factor funds are subject to investment style risk, which is the chance that returns from the types of stocks in which the fund invests will trail returns from the stock market. Factor funds are subject to manager risk, which is the chance that poor security selection will cause the fund to underperform relevant benchmarks or other funds with a similar investment objective.
  • Funds that concentrate on a relatively narrow market sector face the risk of higher share-price volatility.
  • Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable with the issuing Fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. Instead, investors must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares in the secondary market and hold those shares in a brokerage account. In doing so, the investor may incur brokerage commissions and may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling.
 

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