Why Global Small Caps?

Why Global Small Caps?

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Blue Orbit Asset Management is a boutique investment manager, focused on systematic equity investing in inefficient markets, such as Australian Small Caps and Global Small Caps. These market segments offer significant opportunity for a robust systematic process to capture significant alpha.

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Why Global Small Caps?

  1. Global small caps has a better beta. Recent MSCI research (reproduced in Figure 1) clearly demonstrates that over the last 15 years MSCI World Small Caps has provided better risk adjusted returns than MSCI World, MSCI Emerging Markets, or MSCI Emerging Markets Small Caps.
  2. Significantly better alpha opportunity. Naïve multi-factor strategies can potentially achieve 1% p.a. excess returns over long periods, whereas in small caps this increases to 2-3% p.a. excess return. Sophisticated alpha strategies in global small caps can harvest additional alpha over and above this, and aim for at least 4% p.a. excess returns over rolling five year periods.
  3. Well-diversified index. Currently, the 5 largest stocks in the large cap MSCI World Index sum to 12.5%, whereas in MSCI World Small Caps the top 5 names sum to only 1.0%. Looking for alpha in the small caps index does not start with a decision about the mega cap FAANGS. Small Cap country and sector distributions are slightly more diversified than large caps, and the universe (4000+ stocks) is a large opportunity set.
  4. Simple risk profile. Geo-political risk, market risk and currency risk for the MSCI World Small Caps index is effectively the same as for the large cap MSCI World.
  5. Surprisingly high liquidity. The size of companies in MSCI World Small Caps roughly translates to around stocks 75-150 in the ASX. This provides nearly double the capacity of an ASX SMID alpha strategy, or five to six times the capacity of an ASX small caps alpha strategy.

Global Small caps can offer a better, more diversified beta, with a better alpha opportunity. How does your allocation to global small caps compare to global large caps?

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Julie Andrews
Director, Head of Distribution                                                                 

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Adam Randall

Adam is a portfolio manager and is responsible for all aspects of portfolio construction, investment research and continuous improvement. Adam is also responsible for the management of the business. Adam has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and spent 6 years at Boeing in aerodynamics and flight simulation. In 2006 Adam transitioned to equity investing at VFMC, quickly becoming Portfolio Manager. He researched & developed smart beta and quantitative strategies, managing Australian Large & Small Caps. After six years at VFMC Adam was approached to join Realindex as a Portfolio Manager, co-managing Australian Large & Small, Global and Emerging Markets. After 12 months Adam also became Head of Research. In 2014 Adam joined IFM Investors as an Investment Director to build out their global equities and smart beta capability. This included researching and managing an Australian Small Caps smart beta strategy and co-managing Global Index portfolios. In late 2017 Adam established Blue Orbit Asset Management, where he was joined in early 2018 by Damien Green, Megan Talmage and Julie Andrews. Adam also serves as a founding board member of Blue Orbit Asset Management.
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