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Does a perfect policy portfolio exist?

Risk Parity represents a significant advance in asset allocation, but we don’t believe that there is a single perfect policy portfolio. While Risk Parity works well in neutral markets, we don’t think it is the best policy under bearish, bullish or highly bullish market conditions.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing

Reducing risk — Absolute return and the pursuit of better diversification

Most investors are familiar with diversification — reducing one’s risk profile (i.e, annual volatility) without affecting return by adding different asset classes or investments to your portfolio. While this is true, the degree of risk reduction benefit depends directly upon the correlation of the portfolio’s assets.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economy, Equities, Fixed Income, Markets

Constraints of convention — Does a portfolio design have to be static?

A 60/40 portfolio may appear to be balanced, but when viewed through a risk lens it is clear that the equity allocation comprises a disproportionate amount of the risk. As a static strategy, the very thing that has helped risk parity succeed over time may prove to be its biggest liability going forward, and that is all those extra bonds.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets

Fixed income strategies — The pros and cons of generating returns with negative duration

Unconstrained multi-sector bond funds have become very popular due to their flexibility to invest tactically across sectors and manage interest rate sensitivity. While it may be useful for a fixed income manager to employ a negative duration strategy, getting the timing right can be very challenging.

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Building better portfolios in a low return world

The near-zero interest rate environment has been a support for the financial markets, but as the economy normalizes so will interest rates. While we expect the bull market in equities to continue, returns will likely be far more modest over the next 10 years.

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Holding multiple investments does not ensure better diversification

The degree of risk reduction benefit in diversification depends directly upon the correlation of the portfolio’s assets. Adding just one zero-correlated asset to a portfolio reduces risk 29.5%, while adding a thousand 66%-correlated assets reduces risk by only 19%.

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A very, very, very, very Black Swan?

Investors should understand the risks in their portfolio, and be cognizant that black swan events can occur much more frequently than models suggest. Risk models are extremely helpful when thinking about portfolio construction, but shouldn’t be relied upon exclusively.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Economy, Global Perspectives

The Three Pillars of a Resilient Portfolio for Today’s Environment

Many investors are looking to preserve post-crisis gains and bolster the defensive dimension of their portfolios to better withstand volatility. Jeff Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, supports this approach and explains that three ingredients are essential to constructing a more resilient portfolio for today: diversification, intentional de-risking and explicit hedging of downside risk.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economy, Markets, Portfolio Strategies

The case for active muni management

Muni bonds represent an attractive investment opportunity
Active management is a value add in these volatile markets
Professional money managers can help investors navigate an ever-changing environment

Where does one invest in a world of uncertainty? Rising taxes, volatile markets, low yields, economic stagnation, geopolitical unrest.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives Blog
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