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Factor investing has many advantages, says Freddy van Mulligen, head of equity and fixed income manager selection at the Dutch institutional money manager. But he still can’t do without active managers.
Three quarters of institutional investors in Europe are planning to beef up their allocations to so-called alternative risk premia, or smart beta, according to research by Cerulli. But what factors are most sought after is determined by investors’ nationality.
Freddy van Mulligen, who is in charge of external manager selection at Achmea Investment Management in the Netherlands, is a dedicated factor investor. For the quality bucket of his equity portfolio, he relies on the Schroder ISF QEP Global Quality fund.