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EDHEC-Risk Institute extends the availability of free index data to its smart factor indices

ROUBAIX, France, Oct. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EDHEC-Risk Institute, the leading international risk and asset management research institute, has announced, as part of its campaign for total transparency of index data, that the smart factor indices provided by ERI Scientific Beta, EDHEC-Risk Institute's smart beta index provider offshoot, will be subject to the same free access as ERI Scientific Beta's existing smart beta indices.

The 2,916 indices available on the Scientific Beta platform are accessible through mere free registration, providing access not only to the detailed methodology enabling the index to be replicated but also to the back history of index compositions.

EDHEC-Risk Institute considers that transparency is indispensable in the area of indices, particularly when smart beta is involved, because the promise of outperforming cap-weighted indices is essentially based on simulated track records. It must be possible for these simulated track records to be challenged by the market and to do so there must be full transparency on the methodology and historical compositions.

Today, following a detailed study on the transparency of indices, EDHEC-Risk Institute regrets that numerous European UCITS ETFs, by tracking indices that are not transparent, are not respecting the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) rules.

Noël Amenc, Director of EDHEC-Risk Institute and CEO of ERI Scientific Beta, commented, "The robustness of smart beta indices cannot be assessed with one, two, or even five years of live track record, as is the case for some of our indices. Simulated track records over a long period are essential, but it is even more important to be able to trust those track records, which presupposes full transparency enabling all the actors in the market to be able to share information on and criticism of the indices. Investors often choose indices today on the basis of confidential information, which is a bit like investing in publicly-quoted companies that do not publish their accounts."

As part of its policy of transferring know-how to the industry, EDHEC-Risk Institute has set up ERI Scientific Beta. ERI Scientific Beta is an original initiative which aims to favour the adoption of the latest advances in smart beta design and implementation by the whole investment industry. Its academic origin provides the foundation for its strategy: offer, in the best economic conditions possible, the smart beta solutions that are most proven scientifically with full transparency of both the methods and the associated risks.
ERI Scientific Beta, 1 George Street, #07-02, Singapore 049145. For further information, please contact: Séverine Cibelly, Tel.: +33 493 187 863, E-mail: severine.cibelly@scientificbeta.com, Web: www.scientificbeta.com.

Press release - ERI Scientific Beta free index data http://hugin.info/157174/R/1866273/655563.pdf

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Source:EDHEC-Risk Institute