Are minimum volatility and quality the same or different?

These two factor-based, low-risk equity strategies have gained popularity over the past decade, particularly in response to poor market performance during the global financial crisis. While they each stem from different starting points — minimum volatility from a statistical risk perspective and quality being focused on fundamental company earnings — their performance profiles can be remarkably similar. But can investors assume these are interchangeable strategies for differing objectives? In this brief paper, “Are minimum volatility and quality the same or different?” the Macquarie Systematic Equity Team compares and contrasts the two strategies.

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