Maximizing the Rebalancing Premium: Why Risk Parity portfolios are much greater than the sum of their parts

We examine the distribution of rebalancing premiums for a simple risk parity implementation (a version of the Permanent Portfolio) consisting of US stocks, gold and bonds from 1982 through May 2020. We then proceed to analyze historical and expected future rebalancing premia for a variety of global risk parity strategies ..

Are We Living in a Post-Factor World?

In some ways new investment concepts are like any new technology. The progenitors of any early technology typically earn extraordinary profits until competition heats up. Eventually competition drives down profit margins and the technology becomes commoditized. But investment technology has a special quality that arises from…

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.

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Valuation Based Equity Market Forecasts – Q2 2013 Update

We endorse the decisive evidence that markets and economies are complex, dynamic systems which are not reducible to linear cause-effect analysis over short or intermediate time frames. However, we are willing to acknowledge the likelihood that the future is likely to rhyme with the past.

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Path Dependency in Financial Planning: Savings Edition

Imagine for a moment sitting at the kitchen table, steaming coffee in hand. The sun is streaming in the windows, bacon is popping in the pan, and Rover drops the paper at your feet. A brilliant Saturday morning by any measure, but today is extra special.

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The Most Important Concept in Wealth Management

Most investors miss the most important concept in wealth management because they are laser focused on returns as the primary benchmark of success. This propensity to chase returns is magnified during periods when markets are shooting the lights out, as investors become acutely aware of how their portfolio is performing relative to whatever index is attracting the most attention at the time.

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Triumph of the Ostriches

Throwing caution to the wind has been very profitable – so far. But if history is any guide, there are many reasons for investors to consider taking a much more cautious stance.

Here are the facts: according to every valuation metric that matters (i.e. with statistical significance through history), stocks are quite expensive.

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The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

One of the most mind-blowing implications of portfolio theory is that a well conceived portfolio has the potential to be much better, in terms of risk adjusted performance, than what we might expect from the sum of the individual portfolio holdings.

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What the Bull Giveth, the Bear Taketh Away

The question of whether to commit new funds to stocks here is nuanced and complex, not least because it isn’t obvious that traditional alternatives – bonds or cash – offer any better value. We are very near all-time low interest rates across most developed government bond markets, credit spreads are near all-time tights, and rates are negative out to 5 or more years in real terms.

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Valuation Based Equity Market Forecasts – Q1 2013 Update

To be crystal clear, the commentary below makes no assertions about whether markets will carry on higher from current levels. Expensive markets can get much more expensive in the intermediate term, and investors need look no further back than the late 2000s for just such an example.

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Predicting Markets, or Marketing Predictions

We know from studies of expert judgement that gurus who make nuanced predictions and hedge their bets attract much less attention than experts who spin dramatic predictions with unswerving confidence. As a result, firms are predisposed to encourage gurus to voice strong opinions and divergent views that stand out from the crowd.

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