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.

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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Ben Hunt – The Narrative Machine

Gestalt University’s latest guest has emerged as one of these trusted sources. His Epsilon Theory portal is one of the most respected and widely read information outlets in financial media. A prolific writer with a background in applied statistics and game theory, his acute understanding of history and behavioral analysis have equipped him with the right tools to shed light onto the real forces that guide The Narrative Machine. He is, of course, Dr Ben Hunt.

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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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Same Same But Different

The goal of this article is to illustrate how seemingly inconsequential changes to the trading mechanics of a strategy, which have little impact on the long-term expected performance, can have a material impact on results in the short-term.

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