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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.

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.

White Paper

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.

White Paper

Dog Bites Man: In August, Equity Selling in Risk Parity Was a Tiny Fraction of Market Volume

Commentators like to believe all price changes are about investors moving capital. But prices can move without trading, or with very little trading, if investors’ assessments of fundamentals or their eagerness to take risk, changes.

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.

Trade Publication

Risk Parity: A Supplement to Traditional Portfolios, Not Their Replacement

It is often said that long-term investors can rely on equity returns since they can withstand short-term periods of underperformance and still survive to realize the benefits in the long-term.

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.

White Paper

Understanding Risk Parity

This paper describes a simple risk parity strategy and compares its performance to the typical 60/40 portfolio over nearly 40 years of historical data.