TOBAM Benefits From Smart Beta Boom
Traditional market-cap weighted benchmarks are feeling some pain. Paris-based TOBAM, also known as Think Out of the Box Asset Management, scored US$ 2.1 billion for its “anti-benchmark” funds in the last three months. TOBAM’s proprietary “anti-benchmark” strategies fall into line with smart beta or factor-based weighting. These alternative indices are gaining popularity among institutional investors such as pensions, sovereign wealth funds and other public funds. A growing pool of asset owners recognize factor-based strategies as less expensive to access compared to a typical actively-managed fund. In a recent press release, TOBAM indicated they have seen net inflows totaling US$ 2.6 billion since the beginning of 2014.
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