First Faculty Advisor
Quantitative; Equity; Analysis; Management; Valuation
In this paper, I use quantitative computer models to measure the effectiveness of Quantitative Equity Portfolio Management in predicting future stock returns using commonly accepted industry valuation factors. Industry knowledge and practices are first examined in order to determine strengths and weaknesses, as well as to build a foundation for the modeling. In order to assess the accuracy of the model and its inherent concepts, I employ up to ten years of historical data for a sample of stocks. The analysis examines the historical data to determine if there is any correlation between returns and the valuation factors. Results suggest that the price to cash flow and price to EBITDA exhibited significant predictors of future returns, while the price to earnings ratio is an insignificant predictor.