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Chief Investment Quarterly

You Can’t Hedge, but You Can Diversify

Investors may benefit from adding diversifiers to their portfolios, but diversifiers aren’t hedges. Hedges serve a different purpose…unless they’re from Texas.

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.

Perspective

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.

Perspective

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.

Perspective

Risk Parity Derangement Syndrome

Cliff Asness explains why risk parity and trend-following strategies are not to blame for the recent market volatility.

Perspective

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.

Journal Article

Why Not 100% Equities

In a 1994 article “College and University Endowment Funds: Why Not 100% Equities?” Richard H.

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.

Risk Parity in Target-Date Funds

Target-date funds (TDF) have a few shortcomings, but we believe that implementing risk parity as a sleeve within a TDF can help—by potentially enhancing returns, mitigating risk and reducing portfolio drawdowns.

Journal Article

Leverage Aversion and Risk Parity

In recent years, a new approach to asset allocation called risk parity (RP) has been gaining in popularity among practitioners.