There are arguments in favor of traditional passive index funds: they offer low fees, liquidity, and broad diversification. They match market performance, have negligible trading costs and tracking error, and they beat most active managers most of the time.

On the other side, there are also factor strategies gaining popularity for a reason: they are transparent, offer exposure to widely agreed-upon sources of expected return, have low management costs, and, with proper design, reasonable transaction costs.

In this episode, I am honored to speak to Vitali Kalesnik, a recognized expert in factor investing. He’s a partner and Director of Research at Research Affiliates. Vitali explains the details related to factor investing. You will learn, among other things, what it is, what the associated risks are, and how to properly use them in practice.

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Today’s guest is Grzegorz Link, who professionally works as a quant for an investment fund. Grzegorz is a physicist by education, which may surprise some. However, the thing is that in building market models, skills such as programming and mathematics are the primary tools, which is the same for contemporary physicists.

We raise many interesting issues during the conversation, trying to answer the question – how is it possible that a well-known investment strategy can still be profitable. You will learn about common investment myths, pitfalls, and difficulties awaiting investors.

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I’m honored and pleased to host Tom Basso again in the podcast — a legendary trend-following trader. This time, in the background of the conversation, we will be accompanied by the book “Trend Following Mindset,” where Larry Hite wrote in the review: “Anyone can make a lot of money without the trend following mindset, but you will never keep it. This mindset is not everything, but it’s pretty close.

In this episode, Tom and I discuss many topics related to investing in the market. You will hear about algorithmic investing, psychology’s role, and a passive approach to investing in opposition to active. It will also be about why intelligence does not go hand in hand with investment results.

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