Smart Beta Strategy in Korean Stock Market

Bohyun Yoon (Kangwon National University)
Kyoung-Woo Sohn (National Pension Research Institute)
Won-Suk Liu (Kangnam University)

Journal of Derivatives and Quantitative Studies: 선물연구

ISSN: 1229-988X

Article publication date: 31 May 2017



Recently, due to its passive property, the smart beta has become one of the most interest topics in searching the alpha. In this paper, we attempt to show whether the smart beta strategy generate abnormal excess return, in tradition, which are known as the exclusive property of active fund. Further, we attempt to verify the key drivers of the alpha in the smart beta portfolios. For this purpose, we categorize various smart beta strategies by their scheme for asset picking and risk reduction. Then, based on our categorization, we evaluate and analyze the performance of smart beta strategy in perspective. Our empirical analyses show following results: applying alternative risk reduction scheme to traditional market index portfolio would results in enhanced efficiency; however, without combining any asset picking scheme, the performance of the smart beta portfolio seems explained by the Fama-French 3 factor. Our results lead us to conjecture that it is not the portfolio weighting scheme alone but in association with asset selection scheme that generate significant alpha in the smart beta strategy. In actual practice, our results imply that any passive fund may succeed in seeking the alpha without active strategy, thereby avoiding the risk of market timing and saving the management cost.



Yoon, B., Sohn, K.-W. and Liu, W.-S. (2017), "Smart Beta Strategy in Korean Stock Market", Journal of Derivatives and Quantitative Studies: 선물연구, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 279-304.



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