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Journal Article

A Winner in the Prestigious Fama-DFA Prizes: Betting Against Correlation: Testing Theories of the Low-Risk Effect

“Betting Against Correlation: Testing Theories of the Low-Risk Effect” won second place in the Journal of Financial Economics’ 2020 Fama-DFA Prizes for Capital Markets and Asset Pricing. We test whether it's driven by leverage constraints (and thus risk should be measured using beta) or behavioral effects (and thus risk should be measured by idiosyncratic risk).

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Working Paper

The Tax Benefits of Direct Indexing

An investor holding a direct indexing portfolio can obtain tax benefits by harvesting losses on individual stock positions. We show that investors with allocations to hedge funds and derivatives are the most likely category of investors to have systematic short-term capital gains in their portfolios and, therefore, benefit the most from losses harvested by direct-indexing strategies. We show how tax benefits are affected by equalizing the tax rate applicable to long-term and short-term capital gains.

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Our Approach

How we invest

Cliff's Perspectives

“Let's all be nicer to financial theory. If we stick with it long enough, it will probably be nice to us.”

Cliff Asness, Managing and Founding Principal

The Replication Crisis That Wasn’t

Factor investing has long faced criticisms of data mining, and more recently faced another criticism – some backtests might never have been right to begin with. A growing body of mostly well-done papers examine these issues, generally concluding that factors have been disappointing since their “discovery.” We’ve long addressed these concerns through robust out-of-sample evidence and a compelling theory for why a factor should work. What we’ve lacked, until now, is a formal test. My colleagues’ new paper tests brilliantly, what we have argued, largely anecdotally, for years. Their results are rather startlingly (even to me) positive for the field in general.

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Our History

From academia to industry leaders—AQR’s evolution over two decades

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Strategies

We offer a broad range of diversified strategies based on a unified set of underlying principles.

AQR is at the nexus of economics, behavioral finance, data, and technology. Our evolution has been a continuous exploration of what drives markets and how it can be applied to client portfolios.

Investors should conduct their own analysis and consult with professional advisors prior to making any investment decisions. Diversification does not eliminate the risk of experiencing investment loss. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Investment process is subject to change.