Discussion paper

DP10824 Investing in Systematic Factor Premiums

In this paper we investigate and evaluate factor investing in the United States and Europe for equities and bonds. We show that factor-based portfolios generally produce comparable or better portfolios than market indices. We expand the analysis to other asset classes and factors, work with other optimization methods and add a basic liability structure. The results remain robust when we add real estate and commodities to equities and bonds. Also, the results are not dependent to the removal of a specific factor. Finally, we study the results for a worldwide investor who invests beyond the US and Europe. Over the longer term and with consistently applied factor diversification, factor investing appears to be advantageous.


Koedijk, K (2015), “DP10824 Investing in Systematic Factor Premiums”, CEPR Press Discussion Paper No. 10824. https://cepr.org/publications/dp10824