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Bruce Jacobs and Ken Levy pioneered the “disentangling” of numerous factors that influence stock returns

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Ongoing in-house research creates proprietary models 

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Our multidimensional process combines human insight, finance, and behavioral theory with the latest quantitative and statistical methods

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Our dynamic, forward-looking approach pursues opportunities in changing market environments

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As the pioneer of the “disentangling” process that helped revolutionize equity investing, we manage equity strategies for a prestigious global roster of institutional clients.

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May 01, 2021

Factor Modeling: The Benefits of Disentangling Cross-Sectionally for Explaining Stock Returns

by Bruce I. Jacobs and Kenneth N. Levy, Journal of Portfolio Management, May 2021: More than three decades ago, Bruce Jacobs and Ken Levy introduced the idea of disentangling stock returns across numerous firm characteristic factors. Some years later, an alternative factor model proposed by Fama and French made use of time-series... factors based on portfolio sorts (examples of these time-series factors include the return differences between small- and big-capitalization stocks and between high- and low-book-to-price stocks). Recently, Fama and French found that the cross-sectional approach using firm characteristics is better able to explain stock returns than the time-series approach based on portfolio sorts. In this article, Jacobs and Levy compare the two models and discuss the benefits of the cross-sectional approach for investment management.

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Mar 04, 2021

Book Review: Too Smart for Our Own Good

by Nick Ronalds, CFA Institute Enterprising Investor, March 4, 2021: Reviewer Nick Ronalds said the core thesis of Bruce Jacobs’s book Too Smart for Our Own Good: Ingenious Investment Strategies, Illusions of Safety, and Market Crashes “should be taken to heart not only by investment professionals but by all investors... Free-lunch promises, complexity, opacity, and excessive leverage have too often combined to toxic effect. Financial professionals in particular could benefit greatly from studying the market crises analyzed in this book and the key lessons to be drawn from them.” Ronalds also chronicled Jacobs's long history of pushing back against flawed investment theories, noting his head-to-head debates with the creators of portfolio insurance in the 1980s, his 1999 book Capital Ideas and Market Realities: Option Replication, Investor Behavior, and Stock Market Crashes, and his role in creating the National Institute of Finance, a predecessor of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.

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Feb 02, 2021

Experts on ESG, Factor Performance Win Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Award

by Rob Kozlowski, Pensions & Investments, February 2, 2021: Subscribers of the Journal of Portfolio Management recognized two articles as Best Article for the 22nd Annual Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards: “Divergent ESG Ratings” by Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh, and Mike Staunton, and “Alpha vs. Alpha: Selection, Timing, and Factor Exposures from Different Factor Models” by Ananth Madhavan, Aleksander Sobczyk, and Andrew Ang... “Dimson, Marsh, and Staunton’s article provides valuable information for institutional investors seeking to incorporate environmental, social, and governance concerns into their portfolio selection process,” said Bruce Jacobs, principal and co-founder of Jacobs Levy Equity Management. Jacobs added that Madhavan, Sobczyk, and Ang’s winning article “adds to our understanding of factor performance in active portfolios.”

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Bruce Jacobs Interview
"Jacobs Levy: The Art and Science of Investing"
Davos 2020, TBD Media
January 2020
Bruce Jacobs Interview
Portfolio Management Research
New York City
Interviewed February 2020
Released May 2020

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