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Fundamental Indexation: An Australian Investigation

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  • Joanne Mar

    (University of Technology Sydney, Broadway NSW 2007.)

  • Ron Bird

    (Paul Woolley Centre for Capital Market Dysfunctionality, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway NSW 2007.)

  • Lorenzo Casavecchia

    (Paul Woolley Centre for Capital Market Dysfunctionality, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway NSW 2007.)

  • Danny Yeung

    (Paul Woolley Centre for Capital Market Dysfunctionality, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway NSW 2007.)

Abstract

Capitalisation-weighted indexes provide the basis for passive investment strategies designed to capture market performance. However, these cap-weighted indexes are claimed to be sub-optimal because of their tendency to overweight overvalued shares and underweight undervalued shares. U.S. evidence suggests that fundamental indexes, which select, rank and weight stocks according to fundamental measures of size such as book value and revenue, outperform cap-weighted indexes. This study examines fundamental indexation in an Australian context over the period 1995 to 2006 and finds support for the U.S. results. However, we also find that the superiority of fundamental indexation is largely explained by its inherent bias towards value stocks, which raises the question as to whether a more overt value tilt may not provide a superior means for exploiting mispricings in markets.

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  • Joanne Mar & Ron Bird & Lorenzo Casavecchia & Danny Yeung, 2009. "Fundamental Indexation: An Australian Investigation," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 34(1), pages 1-20, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ausman:v:34:y:2009:i:1:p:1-20
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    1. Lajbcygier, Paul & Sojka, Jeremy, 2015. "The viability of alternative indexation when including all costs," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 109-141.
    2. Anup K. Basu & Brigette Forbes & Henk Berkman, 2014. "Does fundamental indexation lead to better risk-adjusted returns? New evidence from Australian Securities Exchange," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 54(3), pages 699-728, September.
    3. Balatti, Mirco & Brooks, Chris & Kappou, Konstantina, 2017. "Fundamental indexation revisited: New evidence on alpha," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 1-15.
    4. Nipun Agarwal, 2014. "How to obtain high returns with lower volatility in emerging markets?," Cogent Economics & Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 2(1), pages 1-16, December.
    5. Wenguang Lin & Gary C. Sanger, 2019. "An alternative fundamental weighting scheme based on enterprise value multiple," Journal of Asset Management, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 20(2), pages 146-156, March.

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