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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.

Journal Article

Portfolio Protection? It’s a Long (Term) Story…

Investors have a natural urge to protect their portfolios from sudden crashes, even though bad outcomes that unfold over longer periods are more detrimental to reaching long-term goals. We show risk-mitigating and diversifying strategies have added value more consistently than options-based hedging over the more important, longer drawdowns.

White Paper

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.

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.

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.

Journal Article

Superstar Investors

Many famous investors are outspoken about their investment philosophies and use them selectively. We seek to apply their wisdom systematically to determine whether their philosophies, if applied broadly, might still generate “alpha.”

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.

Journal Article

Working Your Tail Off: Active Strategies vs. Direct Hedging

Economic theory and empirical evidence support the idea that investors should, over the long term, be compensated for bearing risk.

White Paper

Building a Better Equity Market Neutral Strategy

Equity Market Neutral (EMN) is a well-established strategy designed to seek positive performance without exposing investors to the risk of the overall equity market. We explain how systematic EMN works to potentially improve diversification and returns.

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.