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From ‘Alpha’ to ‘Smart Beta’

The Economist last month had a great article entitled “From alpha to smart beta” (click here to read the artice). With their tongue firmly pressed against their cheek, the Economist highlights a concern of every investor; what was my performance and subsequently how much am I paying for it. The fact of the matter is markets are a zero sum game. That is, for every person that makes a profit, there is another person with an equal and opposite loss. Hedge funds, the