Asset allocation

What’s the Size of the Risk Premia (from the Analysts’ Perspective)

22.May 2024

The topic of today’s short blog post concerns a subject that’s connected to everybody participating in financial markets worldwide: different subjective return expectations. It is reasonable to have some expected returns you can count on if you are putting your money at risk. But how do they differ between different market professionals? And are return expectations influenced by recessions? We will look closely at financial analysts and their views on risk premia. The main point from the authors of the analyzed paper stresses the idea that analysts are counter-cyclical.

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800 Years on the Financial Markets

17.May 2024

Have we mentioned, that we love history? Probably more than just once. What we like on the academic studies which use longterm data is that they offer a bird-like view on the financial markets. The daily noise and ebbs and flows retreat into the background and macroeconomic and geopolitical trends emerge. This top-down analysis helps to design the asset allocation or shape the overall structure of the portfolio of systematic trading strategies that may then trade on the higher frequency. Bryan Taylor’s paper offers a treasure of tables and charts depicting over 800 years of history of returns of global stocks, bonds and bills.

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Private vs. Public Investment Strategies

1.May 2024

Choosing the right investment strategy plays a crucial in portfolio allocation decisions, particularly when considering both private and public asset classes. While the reported performance of public assets typically matches their real-world performance, the same cannot be said for private assets due to the complexities of fund selection, commitment pacing, and return on uncalled and uncommitted capital. Fortunately, there are ways to incorporate public and private asset classes into one portfolio optimally. One example is the recent paper written by Xiang Xu, which introduces the Fair Comparison (FC) framework, which provides a methodology to measure the real-world performance of private investment strategies.

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Portfolio Diversification Including Art as an Alternative Asset

15.March 2024

Alternative investment assets (also such as rare vintage and collectible items, expensive old high-quality alcohol, discontinued fashion, etc.) are a hit among wealthy investors, even though it is not easy to obtain direct or indirect exposure to diversified art investment(s) in a traditional finance kind of way. However, alternative assets are helpful in portfolio diversification as they last (if stored properly), usually appreciate in value (but sometimes not very predictably), and have a low correlation to traditional assets like stocks, real estate, gold, or fixed-income securities. Although alternative assets are highly illiquid and sometimes very challenging to value correctly, researchers are interested in them. We will closely look at one of the research papers that investigates the role of art in the portfolio, utilizing mean-variance optimization and less-used STL decomposition.

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Systematic Hedging of the Cryptocurrency Portfolio

13.March 2024

Cryptocurrencies are already one of the major asset classes. They fill the top pages of magazines and are a topic of a day to day conversation. There are a lot of ways to buy them through a lot of different channels. But some of the hardcore HODLers like to keep their coin portfolio safe – they buy a portfolio of cryptocurrencies and hold them in cold storage. It has a lot of advantages (you will probably not become a victim of hacking if your crypto coins are in cold storage in your wall safe) but also some disadvantages (your cold storage device can become unreadable or destroyed). One of the disadvantages of cold storage is that while you hold the cryptocurrencies in your cold storage, you are exposed to the price swings of the cryptocurrency market (which can be tremendous). But do you need to have this risk, especially when the market is at an all-time high? What if you smartly hedged a portion of your portfolio? The goal of this article is to serve as an inspiration for a hedging strategy for your cold storage cryptocurrency portfolio. We do not say this is the only way to run a hedging strategy, but we would like to inspire you to start thinking about this possibility even when you have not considered it yet. Are you ready? Then let’s go 🙂

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