Factor investing rather than being a mere financial fad is one that stands on firm academic ground. In the right hands it could be used to boost risk-adjusted investment returns. Plainly stated factor investing is designing an investment portfolio made up of mutual funds, ETFs, and retirement plan options by emphasizing certain attributes.
Do you know how much your investments cost and, more importantly, should you care? After all if your returns are enough to achieve your financial goals isn’t that all you need? It turns out that the costs of your mutual funds, retirement plan choices, and other holdings are important to monitor.
From mid-1970 through October 2018, the US focused portfolio had a 9.8 percent annual return. The global one averaged 9.7 percent per year. In short, the portfolios performed almost exactly the same.