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  • Portfolio delegation and the effects of benchmarks 

    Unknown author (Discussion Note;1/2020, Others, 2020)
  • Country and industry effects in global equity returns 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;01/2019, Others, 2019)
  • Prospective Real Returns in Fixed Income 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;2/2011, Others, 2011)
    In this paper, we discuss the potential long-term real return implications of current yield levels in developed economies’ government bond markets. Treasury yields in the major economies are at or very close to their ...
  • On Risk Premium Variation 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;1/2011, Others, 2011)
    This section provides a brief introduction to modern financial economics and theories of discount factor variation.
  • The Term Premium 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;4/2011, Others, 2011)
    In this section, we review the theory and empirical evidence of the term premium. The term premium is the excess return that an investor obtains in equilibrium from committing to hold a long-term bond instead of a series ...
  • Sovereign Risk 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;5/2011, Others, 2011)
    Government debt has increased sharply in most developed countries in the wake of the financial crisis. The increased debt burden comes on top of an expected surge in debt due to demographics. Sharpened by the European ...
  • The Credit Premium 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;3/2011, Others, 2011)
    In this section, we review the theory and empirical evidence of the credit premium. The credit premium is the excess return that an investor obtains for holding bonds issued by entities other than governments. A natural ...
  • Alternatives to a Market-Value-Weighted Index 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;7/2012, Others, 2012)
    We study alternative portfolio construction methods in an attempt to improve the return-to-risk characteristics of market value weights. To understand the investability of these approaches we introduce a novel way to measure ...
  • High Frequency Trading – an Asset Manager's Perspective 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;1/2013, Others, 2013)
    In this note we review the rapidly expanding literature in the area of market microstructure, high frequency and computer-based trading. On the back of this and based on our own investment and trading experiences, we ...
  • Infrastructure Investments 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;2/2013, Others, 2013)
    In this note we look closer at infrastructure investments. Our objective is to provide an overview of the opportunity set, key risks and return drivers.
  • Currency Carry Trade 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;3/2014, Others, 2014)
    The carry trade in currency markets means that an investor buys a high-yielding currency and finances this by borrowing money in a currency with a low interest rate. The empirical literature on the carry trade indicates ...
  • Global Equity Indices – a Comparative Study Between FTSE and MSCI 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;2/2014, Others, 2014)
    In this note we present a review of construction practices and performance of global equity benchmarks from the perspective of a large long-term global asset owner. Our objective is to gain a better understanding of the ...
  • Momentum in Futures Market 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;1/2014, Others, 2014)
    In this note, we survey the academic literature and provide empirical evidence related to time-series momentum strategies in the futures markets. We find that this phenomenon is remarkably consistent across 47 diverse ...
  • Corporate Governance 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;14/2012, Others, 2012)
    In this discussion note, NBIM’s expectations on corporate governance are presented. Expectations directed at boards are discussed, as is the rationale for focusing on board accountability and equal treatment of shareholders. ...
  • A Survey of the Small-Firm Effect 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;12/2012, Others, 2012)
    The small-firm effect (SFE) refers to the long-term average excess returns that a portfolio of small-capitalisation stocks earns over a portfolio of large-capitalisation stocks. In this note, we review the extensive empirical ...
  • Capturing Systematic Risk Premia 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;8/2012, Others, 2012)
    This note illustrates the empirical risk/return characteristics of the different risk premia, and how one can design scalable investment strategies to capture systematic risk premia.
  • Economic Growth and Equity Returns 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;5/2012, Others, 2012)
    We study the links between economic growth and equity market returns to evaluate whether structural changes to global growth composition have implications for longer-term strategic allocations. In particular, we assess ...
  • Risks and Rewards of Inflation-Linked Bonds 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;10/2012, Others, 2012)
    Inflation-linked bonds are fixed-income securities whose principal and coupons are linked to price indices. They are designed to eliminate the risk of unexpected inflation to the holders of the bonds. In this discussion ...
  • Empirical Analysis of Rebalancing Strategies 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;3/2012, Others, 2012)
    We review the theoretical foundation for rebalancing regimes and look at the impact of rebalancing on the portfolio’s risk and return based on historical return data from 1970 to 2011. We compare both different calendar ...
  • Time-Varying Expected Returns and Investor 

    Unknown author (Discussion note;1/2012, Others, 2012)
    What is the optimal rebalancing policy for a portfolio’s equity and bond holdings? The classical answer, building on the seminal contributions by Mossin (1968), Merton (1969, 1971), Samuelson (1969) and others, is that ...

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