Evli keeps confidence in factor funds' future despite difficult take-off

Patient investors will benefit from systematic factor exposures despite mixed results in recent years caused by "crazy market" in the US, Evli Head of Systematic Funds Peter Lindahl tells AMWatch. The EUR 12.9bn asset manager recently followed several Nordic peers and launched a global multi-factor equity fund.

"Nowadays you see a lot of style drifting where active funds said something five years ago but today have a totally different investment strategy. We strongly believe that factors will perform well against the market in the long term despite the development we have seen in the US in the past few years."" says Peter Lindahl, head of systematic funds at Evli. Photo: PR / Evli

In recent years, a growing pool of investment managers have bolstered their arsenal of multi-factor products with academic promises of returns surpassing the broader indices in the long run.

One of these players is Evli. The Finnish money manager recently set up a global multi-factor equity fund, its fourth factor fund launch in a five-year period. During this time, however, many of these strategies have fallen short of the market return despite being marketed as providers of excess returns.

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