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Risk Parity Portfolios with Risk Factors

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  • Roncalli, Thierry
  • Weisang, Guillaume

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Portfolio construction and risk budgeting are the focus of many studies by academics and practitioners. In particular, diversification has spawn much interest and has been defined very differently. In this paper, we analyze a method to achieve portfolio diversification based on the decomposition of the portfolio's risk into risk factor contributions. First, we expose the relationship between risk factor and asset contributions. Secondly, we formulate the diversification problem in terms of risk factors as an optimization program. Finally, we illustrate our methodology with some real life examples and backtests, which are: budgeting the risk of Fama-French equity factors, maximizing the diversification of an hedge fund portfolio and building a strategic asset allocation based on economic factors.

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  • Roncalli, Thierry & Weisang, Guillaume, 2012. "Risk Parity Portfolios with Risk Factors," MPRA Paper 44017, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44017
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    2. Kozo Omori, 2013. "The Risk Parity Portfolio and the Low-Risk Asset Anomaly," Public Policy Review, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance Japan, vol. 9(3), pages 491-514, September.

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    Keywords

    risk parity; risk budgeting; factor model; ERC portfolio; diversification; concentration; Fama-French model; hedge fund allocation; strategic asset allocation;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General

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