Smart(er) Investing

How Academic Insights Propel the Savvy Investor

  • Elisabetta Basilico
  • Tommi Johnsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. How to Read and Evaluate Academic Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 3-11
    3. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 13-16
  3. The Best Investing Ideas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 19-35
    3. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 37-54
    4. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 55-69
    5. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 71-79
    6. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 81-96
    7. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 97-111
    8. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 113-126
    9. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 127-132
    10. Elisabetta Basilico, Tommi Johnsen
      Pages 133-148
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 149-154

About this book


This book identifies and discusses the most successful investing practices with an emphasis on the academic articles that produced them and why this research led to popular adoption and growth in $AUM.

Investors are bombarded with ideas and prescriptions for successful investing every day. Given the steady stream of information on stock tips, sector timing, asset allocation, etc., how do investors decide?  How do they judge the quality and reliability of the investment advice they are given on a day-to-day basis?

This book identifies which academic articles turned investment ideas were the most innovative and influential in the practice of investment management. Each article is discussed in terms of the asset management process: strategy, portfolio construction, portfolio implementation, and risk management. Some examples of topics covered are factor investing, the extreme growth of trading instruments like Exchange Traded Funds, multi-asset investing, socially responsible investing, big data, and artificial intelligence.

This book analyzes a curated selection of peer-reviewed academic articles identified among those published by the scientific investment community.  The book briefly describes each of the articles,  how and why each one changed the way we think about investing in that specific asset class, and provides insights as to the nuts and bolts of how to take full advantage of this successful investment idea. It is as timely as it is informative and will help each investor to focus on the most successful strategies, ideas, and implementation that provide the basis for the efficient accumulation and management of wealth. 


Quantitative finance Factor investing Behavioral finance ESG Index investing Artificial intelligence Crowdfunding exchange traded funds multi-asset investing socially responsible investing big data artificial intelligence factor investing tail-risk hedging blockchain cryptocurrency

Authors and affiliations

  • Elisabetta Basilico
    • 1
  • Tommi Johnsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Applied Quantitative Analysis LLCDenverUSA
  2. 2.Reiman School of FinanceUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26691-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26692-9
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