Investing for the Long Run

16 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2011 Last revised: 3 Feb 2012

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Andrew Ang

BlackRock, Inc

Knut N. Kjaer

NMBU School of Economics and Business; Independent

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Date Written: January 5, 2012


Long-horizon investors have an edge. They can ride out short-term fluctuations in risk premiums, profit from periods of elevated risk aversions and short-term mispricing, and they can pursue illiquid investment opportunities. The turmoil we have seen in the capital markets over the last decade has increased the competitive advantage of a long investment horizon. Unfortunately, the two biggest mistakes of long-horizon investors — procyclical investments and misalignments between asset owners and managers — negate the long-horizon advantage. Long-horizon investors should harvest many sources of factor risk premiums, be actively contrarian, and align all stakeholders so that long-horizon strategies can be successfully implemented. Illiquid assets can, but do not necessarily, play a role for long-horizon investors, but investors should demand high premiums to compensate for bearing illiquidity risk and agency issues.

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Suggested Citation

Ang, Andrew and Kjaer, Knut N., Investing for the Long Run (January 5, 2012). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 11/2011-104, Available at SSRN: or

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