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The Hedgie in Winter

Cliff explains once again why hedge fund returns shouldn’t be compared to 100% long equities, how to do a more proper comparison, and then shares results.

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Once More, Without Feeling

Cliff discusses why many of the breathless articles and TV headlines we’ve seen lately about the overall U.S. stock market are just not that interesting.

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Liquid Alt Ragnarök?

Cliff discusses the recent tough times for quantitative factor-based liquid alts and makes the case for why the painful and difficult times are a big part of why our quantitative factors are real and can improve long-term results for those who can allocate part of their portfolio to them and then stick with it.

Perspective

Introducing the New AQR S.M.O.O.T.H. Fund

Cliff offers some insights into the world of smoothed returns with a healthy dose of satire.

Perspective

Perhaps the Most Important Essay I Will Ever Co-Author

We model when a hockey coach should pull the goalie when trailing and then discuss how our results relate to key lessons for portfolio and risk management, and business in general.

Alternative Thinking

Portfolio Protection? It’s a Long (Term) Story…

Investors have a natural urge to protect their portfolios from sudden crashes, even though bad outcomes that unfold over longer periods are more detrimental to reaching long-term goals. We show risk-mitigating and diversifying strategies have added value more consistently than options-based hedging over the more important, longer drawdowns.

Alternative Thinking

The Illusion of Active Fixed Income Diversification

We examine popular active fixed income categories and find that a persistent overweight to high yield credit explains the majority of fixed-income managers’ active returns. We then discuss some key implications for asset owners.

Alternative Thinking

It Was the Worst of Times: Diversification During a Century of Drawdowns

We use nearly 100 years of data to evaluate the effectiveness of diversifying investments during the worst of times for most portfolios and find that attempting to tactically avoid equity sell-offs is likely to disappoint.

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Response to Thomas Hoenig’s “Why ‘Risk-Based’ Capital Is Far Too Risky”

My colleagues have written a response to Thomas Hoenig's recent WSJ op-ed "Why 'Risk-Based' Capital Is Far Too Risky." Hoenig's recommended approach to managing leverage risk using a "simple" notional leverage limit reminds us of Einstein's famous purported comment to make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. The authors believe that Hoenig's approach fails to meet the Einstein test.

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Serenity Now

What can you do when you are going through a very tough time? You continue to invest in the business including building the highest quality teams in the industry.