Strategic Allocation to Premiums in the Equity Market

19 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2011

See all articles by David Blitz

David Blitz

Robeco Quantitative Investments

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: October 25, 2011


Investors tend to focus on harvesting the risk premiums offered by traditional asset classes when making their strategic investment decisions. Some recent papers, however, argue that investors should also consider various other premiums for possible inclusion in the strategic asset allocation. Examples of such premiums that have been documented for the equity market are the size, value, momentum and low-volatility effects. In this paper we show that the theoretically optimal strategic allocation to these premiums is sizable, even when using highly conservative assumptions regarding their future expected magnitudes. We also discuss the pros and cons of two ways of obtaining the implied exposures in practice, specifically passively managed index funds versus actively managed quant funds.

Keywords: strategic asset allocation, value, momentum, low-volatility, risk premiums, active management, passive management

JEL Classification: G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Blitz, David, Strategic Allocation to Premiums in the Equity Market (October 25, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

David Blitz (Contact Author)

Robeco Quantitative Investments ( email )

Weena 850
Rotterdam, 3014 DA

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics