Factor Scoreboard

Multi-factor equity strategies are primarily designed to provide portfolio diversification – alternative sources of risk and return that will complement traditional stock and bond allocations.

The Factor Scoreboard creates a way for investors to see which factor strategies have been “working” and which are struggling across different geographies. Dramatic underperformance of value factor strategies might indicate a valuation bubble within one market. A negative momentum performance might indicate a sudden shift in direction by the biggest winners or losers of the past months or year.

The factor scoreboard assumes a daily rebalance methodology based on live updating daily cross-sectional scoring to measure the raw performance of a given factor, and is not reflective of any investment.  For a market characterized by fast-changing cross sectional ranks, the scoreboard will diverge substantially from slower moving indexes that are usually characterized by monthly, quarterly, or even annual rebalance periods. Those slower moving factor indices often include stale factor rankings in their composition, due to ranks changing between rebalances.  Higher decay factors (i.e. momentum) will diverge more substantially from factors with a lower decay rate (i.e. value).

In addition to describing the recent history of particular factor strategies, the Factor Scoreboard can help investors assess what’s taking place in the stock market in terms of long-run historical sources of return. The returns to multi-factor equity strategies can also help investors understand what’s taking place “under the hood” of global equity markets. Many investors believe major factors like value, momentum, and profitability exist because of a fundamental economic or psychological tendency that affects stock prices.

This is an informational resource only. The above factor category returns do not represent returns of holdings of Counterpoint’s Tactical Equity Fund. We compute factor categories by blending returns of individual factors in an equal-weighted manner. Counterpoint uses these individual factors as early-stage inputs to its equity funds’ market-neutral models. These returns are meant to give investors an indication of what is happening to broad factor return categories for various time frames. While these are not returns to Counterpoint’s funds, there may be a correlation between performance on the Factor Scoreboard and the funds’ market-neutral component.

Category Definitions


Rankings based on financial statement quality characteristics, i.e. the Profitability anomaly.


Rankings based on historical market returns that have predictive characteristics.


Rankings reflect indicators of outlook such as revisions to analyst estimates of future earnings, share issuance changes, or measures of short interest and demand in the share lending market.


Rankings based on measures of company valuation such as price/sales ratio, and prices/earnings ratio.


Rankings based on measures of underlying company risk, such as volatility or beta.


The rankings used to group periodic returns are re-calculated daily based on live market and financial data, and factor category returns are based on live changes in ranking. Year-to-date factor returns are formulated using compounded daily factor returns given daily changing rankings within the period, while trailing 5-day and month-to-date factor returns are formulated using only the latest day’s ranking. This will explain differences between month-to-date and year-to-date returns when date periods overlap.

The above factor returns are grouped by quintiles. The 1st quintile (Q1) represents the average daily return of the lowest 20% ranking companies (potential shorts) for the category. The 5th quintile (Q5) represents the average periodic return for the top 20% ranking companies (potential longs) within the same category.  Q5-Q1 is the periodic return to a theoretical portfolio that is long all of the top ranked companies and short the lowest ranked companies within the category. This represents an attempt to capture the spread in performance between “good” and “bad” companies. These return calculations assume no transaction costs or market frictions.  These returns do not represent the returns of the Funds’ models. They represent raw factor category returns, and are unoptimized long-short returns determined with no consideration of market beta or industry exposure.

These funds invest in stocks chosen by a set of machine-learning models that use the factors within these broad category rankings as an input component, but may invest outside of the top and bottom quintiles for any individual factor or factor category as it balances the interactions between many factors simultaneously. Counterpoint collects market, fundamentals, and other financial data from S&P Global Market Intelligence to analyze a tradable universe of global stocks. For each stock, Counterpoint ranks individual factor exposures based on academic research. Counterpoint then takes the average return for the evaluation period within each ranking quintile, and then further averages that return across multiple factors within a category to produce a factor category return as displayed above. The individual factors within the above factor categories are actual factors that Counterpoint’s model considers in its aggregate scoring process.

There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will achieve its objectives, generate profits or avoid losses.

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