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The George Costanza Portfolio

In a follow-up to Liquid Alt Ragnarök?, Cliff shows the results of an illustrative portfolio that does the opposite of what we’d normally do in the spirit of George Costanza, who in one episode of Seinfeld decided he must, in all things, do the opposite of what he’d normally do.

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Liquid Alt Ragnarök?

Cliff discusses the recent tough times for quantitative factor-based liquid alts and makes the case for why the painful and difficult times are a big part of why our quantitative factors are real and can improve long-term results for those who can allocate part of their portfolio to them and then stick with it.

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Fixed Income Fantasies

Active fixed income managers have had a really good run in recent decades, but is this success due to skill? We found that there is less alpha than people think due to long-term overweight to credit. But there is hope, and we explain why.

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Repurchases are the Devil’s Work! (not…)

A seemingly large amount of stock buybacks in recent years has prompted many to claim that buybacks have come at the expense of new investment. Our latest paper shows why neither the theory nor the evidence supports this view.

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Caveat Investor?

We delve into the ins and outs of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule which extends a fiduciary duty to a broad set of investment advisors who provide recommendations to certain retirement plans.

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Betting Against Correlation

We take a deeper look into what drives the low-risk effect—the tendency for low-risk assets to perform better than they should, versus high-risk assets.

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Hedge Funds Search for Their Real Killers

After decades of being one of the very early hedge fund critics, Cliff Asness has recently (tepidly) defended hedge funds from overwrought attacks that wrongly compare them to a beta of 1.0 in a bull market.

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2016 Was Not a Particularly Volatile Year

A lot of year-end commentary about financial markets in 2016 made it sound like a crazy year. It wasn’t—in fact, it was amazingly normal. This is true at least of the S&P 500, which is likely what many commentators are talking about.

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Cliff's Perspective

AQR has launched Cliff’s Perspective—a running commentary written by Managing and Founding Principal Cliff Asness that will provide insight on investment topics and possibly spearhead further research.

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But What About October?

This year of pain in liquid alternatives has continued. Cliff shows the results of an AQR representative liquid alts portfolio and based on an analysis of it, discusses how our investment process and our long-term liquid alts record remains sound, how October was disappointing but not a particularly abnormal outcome, and how our process has been well-behaved over time, particularly compared with the market portfolio.