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Alternative Risk premia are essential to understand the concept of diversification and renew traditional asset allocation. As smart beta and factor investing have dramatically changed equity investing, alternative risk premia will highly impact the landscape of strategic asset allocation, multi-asset management and alternative investment.
Co-Head of Quantitative Research
Factor investing is currently very popular among investors. This investment approach was developed following the publication of a report by Ang, Goetzmann and Schaefer (2009), who were asked to evaluate the performance of active management for Norway’s sovereign fund.
Marie BRIERE, Alessandro RUSSO, CFA, Eric TAZE-BERNARD
Mean-variance efficient portfolios are optimal as Modern Portfolio Theory alleges, only if risk were foreseeable, that is under the hypothesis that price (co)variance is known with certainty. Admitting uncertainty changes the perception. If portfolios are presumed vulnerable to unforeseen price shocks as well, risk optimality is no longer obtained by minimising variance but also pertains to the diversification in the portfolio, for that provides protection against unforeseen events. Generalising MPT in this respect leads to the double risk-objective to minimise variance and maximise diversification. We demonstrate that a series of portfolio construction techniques developed as an alternative to MPT, in fact address this double objective, under which Bayesian optimisation, entropy-based optimisation, risk parity and covariance shrinkage. We give an analytical demonstration and provide by that new theoretical backing for these techniques. Amundi Working Paper December 2016 (First version)September 2017 (Revised version)
Marielle de JONG
Head of Fixed Income Quantitative Research at Amundi