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AQR has announced the winners of its fifth annual AQR Insight Award, which honors exceptional unpublished papers that provide original, intelligent approaches to important issues in the investment world. First Prize was awarded to two papers:
The authors share the $100,000 prize.
Copenhagen Business School and AQR Capital Management today announced the winners of the 2016 AQR Top Finance Graduate Award. Six Ph.D. students from leading universities around the world are this year’s award recipients. They are: Asaf Bernstein, MIT Sloan School of Business; Arpit Gupta, Columbia Business School; Elisabeth Kempf, Tilburg University; Song Ma, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business; David Schoenherr, London Business School; and, Michael Schwert, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Now in its fourth year, the AQR Top Finance Graduate Award at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) recognises those Ph.D. graduates whose dissertation and broader research carry the greatest potential impact in both practice and academia. Winners are determined by a committee of renowned academics.
The AQR Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund won a 2016 Lipper Fund Award as the best Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund over the last three years. Lipper's annual fund awards recognize funds and fund management firms for consistently strong, risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers.
“Early Option Exercise: Never Say Never,” a new working paper co-authored by AQR Principal Lasse H. Pedersen, Ph.D., seeks to show that two investing taboos — the early exercise of options and the early conversion of convertible bonds — can be rational under certain conditions. Pedersen wrote the paper with Mads Vestergaard Jensen of the University of Copenhagen, where Pedersen is professor.
Andrea Turrini received the inaugural AQR Scholar Award at the annual Asset Management Conference hosted by the London Business School student-led Investment Management Club. It is the first of three AQR Scholar Awards to be granted in 2016. The award, which recognizes outstanding academic performance and includes a prize of £10,000, was presented by Lasse Pederson, Principal at AQR Capital Management, and Narayan Naik, Professor of Finance and Academic Director, AQR Asset Management Institute, London Business School.
The March issue of Institutional Investor magazine includes an article by AQR researchers Ronen Israel and Adrienne Ross about how regression analysis can help investors better understand the risk factors present in their portfolios. They also explain how this may deliver multiple benefits to investors.
A new working paper by Christian Skov Jensen, David Lando and AQR Principal Lasse H. Pedersen sheds new light on the debate over what has been described as the Holy Grail in financial economics: Whether it is possible to decode probabilities and risk preferences from asset prices. The paper, "Generalized Recovery," was posted on the Social Science Research Network.