Our strategies consider five academically sound factors that have been used in the industry for years. Hover over each factor below to find out more.



Company profitability & leverage



11-month total return, lagged 1 month



Natural logarithm of each company’s total market cap



Standard deviation of five years’ weekly total returns



Cash-flow yield & earnings yield & sales-to-price

Why factor investing?

When it comes to factor investing, we believe it’s not the factors themselves that can potentially generate long-term outperformance, but it is how the factors are used. Learn more about factor investing with Rob Bush. View video

Factors and market cycles[1]

Analyzing individual factors

Individual factors tend to exhibit comparatively low correlations and differentiated patterns of performance. While exposure to individual factors may be more tactical, market cycles can be hard to time.

Why combine factors?

Since anticipating individual factor upswings may be hard, we believe combining factors can help investors navigate a variety of economic environments.

But factors can be combined in many different ways. Our bottom-up approach begins at a stock-by-stock level, finding those proficient in five factors: Quality, Momentum, Value, Size and Volatility

Our approach


By evaluating each stock carefully on an individual basis using all five factors, we assemble what we believe to be the strongest group of stocks that can work together to generate strong returns over the long run.

Imagine a two-stock portfolio example seeking low volatile, value stocks. If we were to choose the least volatile stock and the cheapest stock of the group, the combination might not be optimal – because cheaper stocks are often more volatile, and low vol stocks are often more expensive.

In other words, the strengths of each stock are diluted by the weaknesses of the other. By considering all 5 factors within each stock, we seek to prevent this potential dilution effect when stocks are combined.


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Contact our Factor experts

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Head of ETF capital markets

1. Source: Deutsche Asset Management, As of July 2016. MSCI Index research, “Deploying Multi-Factor Index Allocations in Institutional Portfolios”, “Foundations of Factor Investing”. For Illustrative purposes only.

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