Smart Beta is one of the investing industry's latest buzzwords. But what is it, and how does it differ from passive investing as we have always known it?
In the first of four videos we explore the difference between alpha - a measurement of how an investment compares to a benchmark such as the FTSE 100; and beta - an assessment of the votalitity of an investment. Passive investors generally look to capture the market's beta rather than attempt to 'beat' the market in pursuit of alpha. The phenomenon of smart beta takes that a stage further, as Robin Powell explains.
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