By: Rolf Agather, Managing Director of Research
The world of smart beta indexes has evolved to the point where “why” has replaced “what” as the central question on the minds of industry players and watchers. The “what” question has been largely answered, as global asset managers now have a robust and varied toolbox of smart beta indexes at their disposal. As asset owners and consultants increase their use of smart beta indexes, the “why” questions has taken center stage. What are the primary reasons investors give for using smart beta indexes? And why in many cases are they allocating a rapidly increasing portion of their investment portfolio to index-based approaches?