Monthly ERI Scientific Beta smart beta index performance report

NICE, France, Feb. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Among the highlights of the January 2015 monthly performance report for the ERI Scientific Beta indices:

  • The best performing of the smart factor indices for the month are the SciBeta Developed Low Volatility Diversified Multi-Strategy index and the SciBeta Developed High Momentum Diversified Multi-Strategy index, both with a relative return of 1.66% compared to broad cap-weighted indices, while the SciBeta Developed High Volatility Diversified Multi-Strategy index posts the lowest relative return (0.08%). Performance for smart factor indices exposed to risk factors known to be well rewarded over long periods remains strong with annual performance in excess of broad cap-weighted indices ranging from 1.34% to 2.84% since inception for the Developed universe.

  • Over the past month, the Scientific Beta factor indices and the Scientific Beta multifactor index post positive relative returns compared to MSCI World, while some competing indices did not (the Russell Developed Small Cap index, the FTSE Developed Momentum Factor index, the MSCI World Value Weighted index and the Russell High Efficiency Large Cap Developed Value index). The Scientific Beta factor indices achieve the highest relative performance compared to competing indices for two factors out of four (momentum and value). If we compute the average of the four factor relative returns by provider, the best result is obtained for the Scientific Beta indices (1.47%), compared with 1.35% for the MSCI indices, 0.51% for the Russell indices and 0.33% for the FTSE indices.

  • Over the past ten years, the SciBeta Developed Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy EW index and the SciBeta Developed Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy ERC index post annual relative returns of 2.09% and 1.99%, respectively, compared to cap-weighted indices. This month, the SciBeta Developed Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy EW index and the SciBeta Developed Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy ERC index both post positive relative returns of 1.22% compared to cap-weighted indices.

  • Over the long term, all SciBeta Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy indices post positive excess return compared to broad cap-weighted indices. Using long-term US track records since January 1, 1974 (40 years), the EW and ERC benchmarks post respective relative returns compared to cap-weighted indices of 4.09% and 3.88%.

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: Carolyn Essid, Tel.: +33 493 187 824, E-mail:, Web:

ERI Scientific Beta smart beta index performance report January 2015


Source:EDHEC-Risk Institute