Novel Price Estimator Guaranteed to Produce Non-Negative Prices

The following report was produced by our research team and we felt it was worth sharing for discussion and comment. The recent price action in crude oil prompted us to spend a little effort thinking about how to manage around negative prices.

Portfolio Optimization for Efficient Stock Portfolios:
Applications and Directions

We compared risk-efficient portfolios with cap-weighted and equal-weighted portfolios of liquid large-cap stocks from 1960 through 2019. We also take steps to limit turnover and tax consequences by trading overlapping monthly portfolios with annual holding periods.

Risk Parity in the Time of COVID

Consistent with misapprehensions expressed during other recent market crises, there has been a chorus of alarmist speculation about the actions and state of risk-parity strategies during the current crash. We felt it would be helpful to revisit the concept of risk parity and take a snapshot of how a typical global risk parity strategy might have been expected to behave this year.

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Breaking The Market

Today’s guest produces the Breakingthemarket blog, which exploded onto the scene in spring of last year, spewing shrapnel at traditional beliefs about investment objectives and portfolio construction.

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Andrew Miller: Rennaissance Advisor

This week we interview Andrew Miller, CIO of Miller Financial Management. Andrew’s passion is at the intersection of investment management and financial planning, and he has extremely novel perspectives on both domains. We trace Andrew’s background in structured credit and alternatives and map this experience to his current framework for thinking about diversification and sources of risk and return.

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ReSolve’s Riffs on Leverage over Beverages: The Risk/Reward of Vol Targeting

Most pension plans and other institutional investors with long-term liabilities are faced with an enormous mismatch between the return assumptions in their actuarial models and the combination of sky-high equity valuations and rock-bottom bond yields. Some have chosen to address their funding gaps by adding leverage to their portfolios.

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ReSolve Riffs on Gold vs Treasury as Disaster Protection

This is “ReSolve’s Riffs” – live on Youtube every Friday afternoon to debate the most relevant investment topics of the day. The recent pandemic-led selloff has once again highlighted the importance of having ballast in portfolios to deal with extreme equity volatility – and ultimately protect investors from disastrous outcomes.

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Cat of Nine Tails: How Mutiny Fund Harnesses Ensembles to Hedge Many Tails at Once

Jason Buck is a founding partner of Mutiny Fund, an asset management firm with a vision to make high quality tail hedging solutions available to a wider community of investors. Their fund aggregates managers with different tail-hedge styles, including options strategies, VIX relative value, and short-term trend traders to manage tails of all shapes and sizes.

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Risk Parity Is the Answer: What Was the Question?

Adam and Pierre focus their discussion on diversification as a combination of “diversity” and “balance”. Diversity is about holding investments that are designed to thrive in very different market environments, and for different reasons. Balance has the objective of ensuring that investments are all able to express their unique personalities.

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ReSolve’s Riffs – On Value Investing

This is “ReSolve’s Riffs” – live on Youtube every Friday afternoon to debate the most relevant investment topics of the day. We were joined this week by our friends Wes Gray (Alpha Architect) and Tobias Carlisle (Acquirers Funds) to discuss value investing, its prolonged winter and how it has fared in the current environment.

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ReSolve’s Riffs on The Great Tail Protection Debate

Join us for our inaugural episode of the “ReSolve Riffs” series where the team will go live on Youtube every Friday at 3pm over cocktails to discuss topics that are in the immediate zeitgeist of the investment world. In this episode we cover the very heated tail protection debate.

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Risk Parity in the Time of COVID

Consistent with misapprehensions expressed during other recent market crises, there has been a chorus of alarmist speculation about the actions and state of risk-parity strategies during the current crash. We felt it would be helpful to revisit the concept of risk parity and take a snapshot of how a typical global risk parity strategy might have been expected to behave this year.

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Tactical Strategies and The Anatomy of A Bear Market

The last few weeks have been some of the toughest in recent memory for investors, as we have observed an intense global market selloff that began in late February and continued into early March of 2020 (as of the writing of this report).

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Global Equity Momentum: A Craftsman’s Perspective – Executive Summary

Quantitative investment researchers often seek uniquely optimal parameterizations of their strategies amongst a broad “robust” region of parameter choices. However, this ignores a critically important feature of investing – Diversification. By diversifying across many equally legitimate parameter choices – an ensemble – investors may …

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Over Two Centuries of Global Factor Premiums
Paper Summary

Hot off the press, a new paper by Guido Baltussen, Laurens Swinkels and Pim van Vliet at Dutch quant powerhouse, Robeco, covers global multi-asset factor premiums over an unprecedented sample of 217 years. We thought the topics and findings were important and timely...

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Portfolio Optimization: Simple versus Optimal Methods

Our whitepaper “The Optimization Machine: A General Framework for Portfolio Choice” presented a logical framework for thinking about portfolio optimization given specific assumptions regarding expected relationships between risk and return. We explored the fundamental roots of common portfolio …

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