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Step 2: Nobel Laureates

and Empirical Work,”34 in which he concluded equity markets consistently incorporate all available information into their prices, and trends in capital markets cannot be identified in advance. He found that an agreement between a buyer and a seller reflects the most accurate value of a security, resulting in an environment where the only way an investor can expect to beat the market return is by taking risk greater than the market. This can be accomplished by increasing exposure to small cap and/or value stocks. Eugene Fama and Kenneth French’s 1992 paper, “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns,”35 expanded upon the Nobel Prizewinning research of Harry Markowitz and William Sharpe that delivered Modern Portfolio Theory. Fama and French determined that exposure to Kenneth French market, size and value risk factors explained as much as 96% of historical returns in diversified stock portfolios. Their discoveries serve as the foundation for constructing indexes that efficiently capture risks and returns based on five independent risk factors, including term and default for fixed income.

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