- Factors can be thought of as categories of investment exposures that are expected to provide both return and volatility over time.
- They may include macroeconomic factors like economic growth, interest rates, or foreign currency along with equity style factors such as size, value, or quality.
- Identifying the factor exposures in portfolios with multiple funds can help uncover unintentional asset category weights.
- This can be particularly important for model portfolios invested in global equity, multisector fixed income or global asset allocation products.
- Evaluating factor allocations can help explain past performance and identify products that may pair well in the future.