Myths about Fundamental Indexing

Lieven De Moor, Fang Liu, Piet Sercu

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Fundamental indexing starts from the observation that in a value-weighted portfolio, any overpricing affects the stock’s portfolio weight upward and its typical return downward, and vice versa; but on average the ‘drag’ on the portfolio’s expected return caused by this negative interaction is avoided if weights are based instead on accounting-based instruments for true value. We find that the drag effect is statistically and economically unimportant. Our empirical work avoids regression-based alphas, which are flawed by demonstrable instabilities in the exposures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-326
Number of pages23
JournalInvestment Analysts Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Drag
  • Portfolio management
  • Pricing errors


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