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Yes, Lever, but With Care

Conventional wisdom holds that sensible investors avoid leverage. Cliff Asness argues that, if prudently employed, portfolio leverage can be beneficial in modest doses, with proper concern for its dangers.

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Turning Over Accepted Wisdom with Turnover

Cliff discusses a paper by AQR's Lasse Pedersen that challenges Bill Sharpe’s long-held thinking about active management, and re-opens a case that many previously thought was closed.

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You Can Have Your Momentum Factor and Eat it Too

Many investors are quick to dismiss momentum as too costly to implement because of its high turnover. After studying 7 years’ worth of live, real-world data across markets, we debunk that myth.

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Little Things Mean a Lot

Cliff discusses the fees of factor investing, as well as many of the smaller decisions that each can matter some, and collectively can matter a lot

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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.

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Risk Parity: The Dog That Did Not Bite

Commentators are blaming risk parity as a driving force behind August's equity market volatility. We think this is short-term silliness, and explain why we believe risk parity isn't the cause.

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Please Stop Talking About the VIX So Much

It has become quite commonplace to note that the VIX (the CBOE Volatility Index) is currently very low and to worry about it. But Cliff tends to think there's less to worry about than most.

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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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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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Risk Parity Is Even Better Than We Thought

It’s not all or nothing when it comes to risk parity. Investors typically think they should be all 60/40 or all risk parity, but we think there's merit in adding risk parity to an existing 60/40 portfolio.