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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

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.

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.

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.

White Paper

Not Risk Parity Funds

The source of the recent market disruption may not be fully understood yet, but we can reveal what it wasn’t.

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.

White Paper

Can Risk Parity Outperform If Yields Rise?

Risk parity investing is not, as some critics say, simply “leveraging bonds.” The evidence suggests that a risk parity portfolio may improve long-term risk-adjusted returns relative to traditional, equity-centric portfolios.

Perspective

Risk Parity Derangement Syndrome

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

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.

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.