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author Philip Vanstraceele - May 19, 2013

Dear investors,

The following article appeared in the 1 march 2013 issue of the Systematic Value Investor newsletter.

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New – External Finance Ratio

In this article I want to tell you about a ratio we have also added to the screener called the External Finance Ratio (EFR).

We got the idea from the excellent book by Richard Tortoriello called [more]

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author Philip Vanstraceele - May 14, 2013

Mebane Faber (Cambria) has launched an interesting ETF today :

->The Cambria Shareholder Yield ETF is an actively managed fund that employs the manager's quantitative algorithm to select U.S. listed companies that show strong characteristics in returning free cash flow to their shareholders. Specifically, SYLD invests in 100 stocks with market caps greater than $200 million that rank among the highest in (a) paying cash dividends, (b) engaging in net share repurchases, and (c) paying down debt on their balance sheets

If you want to do your own homework, you can use our shareholder yield screen:

Shareholder Yield Stock Screener

Shareholder yield can be an excellent extra filtering criteria for the quantitative value investor

More info on cambria's fund can be found [more]

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author Philip Vanstraceele - April 23, 2013

Dear Fellow Investor

The following article appeared in the 1 April 2013 issue of the Systematic Value Investor newsletter.

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Back to the article.

Do you think that the quality of a business makes any difference in terms of returns compared to only buying undervalued companies?

It doesn't but we may have found a quality ratio that helps.

As you know our experience testing quality ratios in our book Quantitative Value Investing In Europe: What Works for Achieving Alpha has been mixed...[more]

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author Philip Vanstraceele - March 10, 2013

We published a brand new paper. Quantitative Value Investing in Europe: what works for achieving alpha.In comparison with the USA there have been relatively few studies conducted on what works in investing in the European stock markets. With this paper we would like to make a contribution and examine what factors led to excess returns in the European markets over the 12-year period from 13 June 1999 to 13 June 2011.The factors we tested were:

  • Earnings yield,
  • Free cash flow yield,
  • Price-to-book
  • Price-to-sales,
  • Piotroski F-score
  • Return on invested capital (ROIC)
  • Return on assets (ROA)
  • Net debt
  • Relative strength / price index

We not only tested the historical value of the factors, but where it made sense, we also tested the 5-year average to see if it is a better indicator to use to generate market outperformance...[more]

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