NYSE The Exchange: WisdomTree AI Enhanced Value Funds
During this edition of The Exchange, NYSE's Head of Exchange Trade Products, Douglas Yones interviews WisdomTree Global Chief Investment Officer, Jeremy Schwartz and Voya Co-Head of Equity Machine Intelligence, Gareth Shepherd to cover the following topics about the WisdomTree AI Enhanced Value Funds, tickers AIVI and AIVL:
- Overview of the Funds' strategies.
- The process behind Voya's Equity Machine Intelligence (EMI) that potentially could overcome historical challenges of value investing.
- How the Funds are positioned for today's market.
Hello, and welcome to The Exchange, brought to you by the New York Stock Exchange. I'm Douglas Yones, your host. As a reminder, today's interview is for informational purposes only. The NYSE does not recommend investments or investment strategies. Now today, I am joined by two very special guests. I have Jeremy Schwartz. He is the Global Chief Investment Officer for WisdomTree Asset Management, and Gareth Shepherd. Gareth is the Co-Head of Equity Machine Intelligence for Voya Investment Management. Gentlemen, thank you both for being here today.
Thanks for having Douglas.
let's stay with you if we could. You just recently collaborated with Voya. You have restructured two of your ETFs, two WisdomTree ETFs. The new symbols we have are AIVL and AIVI. Can you tell us about these fund strategies?
AIVL and AIVI have a history being value investing mandates. They were launched a while ago, and some of their predecessor strategies, they had roots back to the last financial crisis, and there was a lot of value funds that had very heavy exposure to financials, and at the time it was... People were looking for ways to get value exposure without financials, but today the macro economy is very different. The markets are very different. Technologies have evolved, and there's new ways of accessing value strategies with a more sophisticated approach. WisdomTree's been very excited to collaborate with Voya on income. These two funds, AIVL and are our first collaboration on equities, and it's taking a step forward for value investing mandates. We're very excited to be partnering with Voya on these strategies.
Let's talk about that. we've got the Voya Equity Machine Intelligence team. if that didn't make sense to you, of course, we're talking about AI. Gareth, can you tell us about how this AI process works? How are you and your team applying AI, and how does it impact the overall value investing strategy?
We can all see around us the world is changing, and so is investing, and so is value investing. what was investing in the past is no longer likely to be successful. AI brings a new way to look at value investing, and specifically machine intelligence, which is one of the subsets of AI helps to look at value in, let's a more nuanced way, because value will depend on the sector. It'll depend on the industry group. It'll depend on the market regime that's currently facing us, and these contingencies and conditionality's are . A machine-learning approach really look for these granular patterns and really take value in investing the next period.
Jeremy of course, no shortage of market-moving headlines these days. How do we think about these two ETFs, AIVI, AIVL? How are these funds positioned in today's environment in today's marketplace?
You really had a 10 to 15 year stretch that was dominated by mega-cap growth, and so you haven't really had value investing work going back from 2000 to 2007, because the last time you had a real big value cycle. The macro today as we see it is shaping up very much in values favor to start 2022, even just the first few weeks, it's been very much a value mandate. Higher inflation is one of our top themes of this year. Higher inflation means higher interest rates. Higher interest rates to be very beneficial for value . Now you have technology on top that can help you get a more sophisticated look under the hood of those value mandates. we're very excited about the macro environment for these having a technology and a great partner with Gareth at Voya to help power these AI-driven value funds.
Gareth, for somebody who's watching, wants to learn more about this process, more about these ETFs, where do they go?
They should go to WisdomTree.com.
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