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Tail Risk Hedging: Contrasting Put and Trend Strategies

The sharp market fall and speedy recovery during the eventful first half of 2020 has kept tail risk hedging topical: investors have both fresh memories of a painful loss and renewed fears of a repeat. We try to offer a balanced overview of the strengths and weaknesses of direct and indirect tail hedging strategies.

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Chasing Your Own Tail (Risk), Revisited

As investors turn to addressing the risk of a severely declining market, we summarize five approaches to building a more resilient portfolio.

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Chasing Your Own Tail (Risk)

The financial crisis of 2008 made investors painfully aware of tail risk. We present several approaches, when used in combination, may be effective in reducing tail risk.

Trade Publication

Style Investing: The Long and the Long/Short of It

Many investors agree that applying systematic tilts away from a passive, capitalization-weighted portfolio is a good idea; fewer agree on how best to capture these style-based returns.

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Alpha Beyond Expected Returns

Many institutional investors focus primarily on one source of alpha: expected returns. We argue that “alpha” may also becaptured in virtually every other stage of the investment process and discuss seven sources of opportunities.

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Risk Parity, Risk Management and the Real World

At its core, risk parity is an argument about the importance of diversification. Long term, we think the best risk parity portfolios will be those that both adopt a dynamic approach to risk management and have a plan to preserve capital in a crisis.

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A Better Approach to Alternative Investing

The goal of a portfolio is to maximise risk-adjusted return. Adding alternative investments to a traditional portfolio is a way to potentially do this, reducing downside risk while maintaining or even increasing the portfolio's expected return.

Journal Article

Embracing Downside Risk

This paper shows that downside risk tends to be the main source of long-run returns in equities and other asset classes, and argues that long-term investors may be better off embracing downside risk in certain cases.

DC Solutions Series: Defensive Equity, Part 1

In part one of this two-part series, we focus on the intuition behind defensive equity and present evidence for its efficacy as part of an effective defined contribution retirement plan.

DC Solutions Series: Defensive Equity, Part 2

In part two of this two-part series, we focus on the implementation of a defensive equity strategy within the context of a DC retirement plan.