Market volatility has picked up quite a bit of late, and frankly you shouldn’t be the bit surprised. I’ve been quite active explaining the impact that the proliferation of index investing and quantitative investing has had and will have on the marketplace. The more people index or invest on backward-looking empirical criteria, as in most quant models, regardless of future expectations, the more people that are buying everything at any price and holding no matter what, the more people that aren’t making decisions on the basis of underlying valuations, then the more people that can contribute to severe price-to-fair value dislocations.
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