We Pursue a Simple Mission:

Learn, build,
share, repeat.

We constantly learn more about investing, build disciplined strategies to capture the best of what we've learned, and share our broad findings with other curious investors.

PHILOSOPHY & PROCESS
FOLLOW OUR RESEARCH
PHILOSOPHY & PROCESS
FOLLOW OUR RESEARCH

Alpha within Factors

In Factors from Scratch, we showed that value investing works through a re-rating process. The process begins when the market develops an expectation that the earnings of certain companies will decline or grow at depressed rates into the future. The market then prices those companies at a discount relative to their current earnings, turning them into "value stocks." Over the short-term, the market usually ends up being right in its expectations: value stocks usually do go on to experience declines or slowdowns in their earnings, particularly in comparison with the rest of the market. But over the long-term, they usually recover and return to normal growth. When the market prices value stocks, it tends to underestimate the likelihood and extent of their eventual recoveries.

O’Shaughnessy Quarterly Investor Letter Q3 2018

In this quarter’s letter, we describe the more interesting, next stage of factor investing: alpha within factors. This simple idea describes what we’ve pursued at OSAM over the years, and what we continue to pursue through our research agenda today.

Factors from Scratch

The excess returns associated with Value and Momentum result from convergent and divergent processes, respectively. Value stocks are systematically underpriced and gradually converge on their fair value over time. Momentum stocks start out fairly valued or slightly overvalued, and go on to become more overvalued in the short-term, before reverting back. Both styles represent a market mistake that can be captured as alpha. In this piece, we're going to make all of these points more clear through a unified framework that we've developed to explain how factors work.

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OSAM at a Glance

22 years Managing client money
$6.9B Assets under management and advisement
17 strategies Our model applied: Micro to Large cap; US to Global
85,241 Stocks studied across six decades of history
Managing client money
Assets under management and advisement
Our model applied: Micro to Large cap; US to Global
Stocks studied across six decades of history

Separate Account Strategies

We build portfolios with significant factor advantages in different style segments, market capitalization ranges, and geographic regions. Our portfolios tend to have low excess return correlation with other active strategies, little overlap with market indexes, and low active costs. We have routinely worked with clients to build custom solutions.

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Our Team -
Consistency, Creativity, and Alignment

Investment success requires constant exploration, disciplined implementation, and skin in the game. We have built a team dedicated to applying our style of investing for the long term, whose interests are aligned with our clients and fellow OSAM colleagues.

OUR TEAM

Owned by 13 principal employees
Our money is aligned with yours: no personal trading, 100% of our Principals are invested in OSAM strategies
Our principals have been with the firm an average of 11 years.
Jim O'Shaughnessy
Principal, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager

Blog & Research

OSAM is committed to conducting interesting new research on markets and sharing our findings with investors. We want to manage money on behalf of committed, long-term investors, which means sharing what we learn. To follow our journey, you can read, listen and watch.

  • November 2018 Alpha within Factors November 2018
  • September 2018 O’Shaughnessy Quarterly Investor Letter Q3 2018 September 2018
  • July 2018 Announcing a New OSAM Research Partner July 2018