Ben Graham Was a Quant: Raising the IQ of the Intelligent Investor

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"If you are looking for a straightforward explanation of quantitative investment techniques, this is the book for you. Whether you are an MBA student, a CFA candidate, or just a curious investor interested in the world of the quant, this is a great primer on the subject."
Dan Cardell
CQA, Wintrust Wealth Management

"When everybody is bashing quants, it is refreshing to hear that Ben Graham was a quant! Read ...

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Overview

Praise for Ben Graham Was a Quant

"If you are looking for a straightforward explanation of quantitative investment techniques, this is the book for you. Whether you are an MBA student, a CFA candidate, or just a curious investor interested in the world of the quant, this is a great primer on the subject."
Dan Cardell
CQA, Wintrust Wealth Management

"When everybody is bashing quants, it is refreshing to hear that Ben Graham was a quant! Read this book to understand what a quant is and how you can apply Ben Graham's thinking using quant factors to build a factor model and a portfolio using the Graham factors. A very good read for those who want to learn basic quantitative techniques to manage their own portfolios. This book will walk you through how to build Ben Graham factors and then create a factor model to create your own portfolio."
Pankaj N. Patel
Managing Director, Quantitative Equity Research, Credit Suisse Group AG

"This highly eclectic book is a must-read complement to conventional course readings in equity portfolio management for any aspiring quantitative finance master of science student."
R. Douglas Martin
Professor of Statistics, Director of Computational Finance Program, University of Washington

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470642078
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Series: Wiley Finance Series , #600
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven P. Greiner, Ph.D., has served as the senior quantitative strategist and portfolio manager for Allegiant Asset Management (now wholly owned by PNC Capital Advisors) and was a member of its Investment Committee. Prior to this, he was a senior quantitative strategist for large capitalization investments at Harris Investment Management. He has more than twenty years of quantitative and modeling experience. Currently, Dr. Greiner is the head of Risk Research for FactSet Research Systems. He received a BS in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Buffalo, an MS and PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Rochester, and attained postdoctoral experience from the Free University Berlin, Department of Physics.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: The Birth of the Quant 1

Characterizing the Quant 3

Active versus Passive Investing 6

CHAPTER 1 Desperately Seeking Alpha 11

The Beginnings of the Modern Alpha Era 16

Important History of Investment Management 18

Methods of Alpha Searching 20

CHAPTER 2 Risky Business 27

Experienced versus Exposed Risk 28

The Black Swan: A Minor ELE Event—Are Quants to Blame? 34

Active versus Passive Risk 38

Other Risk Measures: VAR, C-VAR, and ETL 49

Summary 52

CHAPTER 3 Beta Is Not "Sharpe" Enough 55

Back to Beta 64

Beta and Volatility 65

The Way to a Better Beta: Introducing the g-Factor 67

Tracking Error: The Deviant Differential Measurer 75

Summary 77

CHAPTER 4 Mr. Graham, I Give You Intelligence 79

Fama-French Equation 81

The Graham Formula 89

Factors for Use in Quant Models 90

Momentum: Increasing Investor Interest 96

Volatility as a Factor in Alpha Models 113

CHAPTER 5 Modeling Pitfalls and Perils 123

Data Availability, Look-Ahead, and Survivorship Biases 124

Building Models You Can Trust 127

Scenario, Out-of-Sample, and Shock Testing 131

Data Snooping and Mining 139

Statistical Significance and Other Fascinations 140

Choosing an Investment Philosophy 148

Growth, Value, Quality 149

Investment Consultant as Dutch Uncle 152

Where Are the Relative Growth Managers? 154

CHAPTER 6 Testing the Graham Crackers . . . er, Factors 159

The First Tests: Sorting 160

Time-Series Plots 173

The Next Tests: Scenario Analysis 182

CHAPTER 7 Building Models from Factors 193

Surviving Factors 194

Weighting the Factors 197

The Art versus Science of Modeling 200

Time Series of Returns 210

Other Conditional Information 215

The Final Model 217

Other Methods of Measuring Performance: Attribution Analysis via Brinson and Risk Decomposition 220

Regression of the Graham Factors with Forward Returns 228

CHAPTER 8 Building Portfolios from Models 233

The Deming Way: Benchmarking Your Portfolio 235

Portfolio Construction Issues 247

Using an Online Broker: Fidelity, E*Trade, TD Ameritrade, Schwab, Interactive Brokers, and TradeStation 249

Working with a Professional Investment Management System: Bloomberg, Clarifi, and FactSet 251

CHAPTER 9 Barguments: The Antidementia Bacterium 255

The Colossal Nonfailure of Asset Allocation 256

The Stock Market as a Class of Systems 258

Stochastic Portfolio Theory: An Introduction 266

Portfolio Optimization: The Layman’s Perspective 276

Tax-Efficient Optimization 282

Summary 282

CHAPTER 10 Past and Future View 285

Why Did Global Contagion and Meltdown Occur? 292

Fallout of Crises 297

The Rise of the Multinational State-Owned Enterprises 301

The Emerged Markets 310

The Future Quant 311

Notes 317

Acknowledgments 325

About the Author 327

Index 329

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