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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.

Alternative Thinking

The Role of Alternative Beta Premia

Alternative beta premia—dynamic long-short strategies—offer effective diversified sources of return. To us, the most useful classifications are hedge fund strategy premia and style premia, two complementary approaches

Perspective

Putting Parity Performance Into Perspective

Cliff discusses the blame placed on risk parity for having caused the market’s August sell-off. Critics made a silly choice to go all tin-foil-hat instead of just doing what people usually do—attack recent performance.

Alternative Thinking

Ideas for a Low-Expected-Return World

There are different ways to achieve ambitious real return targets, but we think risk-balanced diversification across well-chosen return sources is the most reliable, strategic approach.

Alternative Thinking

Good Strategies for Tough Times

Following recent losses across global equities and concern about downside risk, we take a look at the performance of different investments during the worst quarters in recent decades for stock and bond markets.

Perspective

How Much Are You In For?

A recent post reminds us that what the average investor in a fund gets is different from the return of that fund, especially if they get in and out awith poor timing. That’s true and important, but there’s more to it than that.

Perspective

The Hedgie in Winter

Cliff explains once again why hedge fund returns shouldn’t be compared to 100% long equities, how to do a more proper comparison, and then shares results.

Perspective

Once More, Without Feeling

Cliff discusses why many of the breathless articles and TV headlines we’ve seen lately about the overall U.S. stock market are just not that interesting.

Alternative Thinking

Strategic Risk Allocation

We believe investors should broadly diversify and risk balance as a starting point to asset allocation, but perhaps then mildly overweight assets with high Sharpe ratios or good diversification benefits if they can identify these.

Perspective

Risk Parity: Why We Lever

The role of leverage in risk parity is often misunderstood. For risk parity investors, there may be benefits to using modest leverage—it helps them build a more diversified, more balanced, and potentially higher-return-for-the-risk-taken portfolio.