For this edition of the Venn Factor Performance Report, we review the 2019 returns of the factors in the Two Sigma Factor Lens in addition to their performance over the month of December. Read also about the phase-one trade deal’s impact on factor performance, the largest factor gains and losses of 2019, and more.

Mike Nigro, the Head of Client Solutions Research at Two Sigma, takes us through a bacon cook-off adventure to illustrate the importance of evaluating investment performance in excess of well-known factors. Make sure you have some bacon around because you’ll be craving it when you finish reading the article.

2019 was a very busy and productive year for the Venn team. We gathered learnings from our daily interactions users, and we also continued to leverage Two Sigma’s expertise in technology and research to help make Venn more powerful and useful. We know we still have a long path ahead of us with a very exciting roadmap in 2020, but we wanted to take a quick pause to reflect on our progress in 2019.

In investing, and in life, you do not always get compensated for taking risk. Therefore, it is important to not only understand the risks in your portfolio, but also to determine which of those risks you are getting paid to take and which you are taking without any compensation.

In November, the Equity and Credit factors rallied, while the Commodities, Interest Rates and Foreign Currency factors did not fare that well.

Avi Salzman of Barron’s wrote an article about Venn’s launch this week. He also highlighted the efficiencies Venn’s factor-based platform offers. “Two Sigma’s program can quickly pull in data about a client’s investment positions, and run analyses based on factors such as momentum and credit..."

In the Business Insider article, Dan DeFrancesco highlighted that “Two Sigma has started selling software geared towards helping allocators of assets, such as pensions, endowments, and family offices, get forward-looking insights into the potential risks in their portfolios.

On Institutional Investor, Leanna Orr describes how “about 200 organizations are already using the data and risk-management tool, having been part of its initial invite-only roll-out period.”

Two Sigma announced it is launching Venn®, a cloud-based investment analysis software platform. Venn is now available to institutional investors and wealth managers among others.

We’re excited to announce the launch of Venn, a platform to help investors apply a more systematic approach to meet their investment objectives.