Leverage Aversion and Risk Parity

Posted: 24 Jan 2012

See all articles by Clifford S. Asness

Clifford S. Asness

AQR Capital Management, LLC

Andrea Frazzini

AQR Capital Management, LLC

Lasse Heje Pedersen

AQR Capital Management, LLC; Copenhagen Business School - Department of Finance; New York University (NYU); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: January 23, 2012

Abstract

The authors show that leverage aversion changes the predictions of modern portfolio theory: Safer assets must offer higher risk-adjusted returns than riskier assets. Consuming the high risk-adjusted returns of safer assets requires leverage, creating an opportunity for investors with the ability to apply leverage. Risk parity portfolios exploit this opportunity by equalizing the risk allocation across asset classes, thus overweighting safer assets relative to their weight in the market portfolio.

Keywords: Portfolio Management, Portfolio Concepts from Capital Market Theory, Markowitz Portfolio Theory, Risk Management, Risk Management, Portfolio Risk Management, Risk Management Strategies

Suggested Citation

Asness, Cliff S. and Frazzini, Andrea and Pedersen, Lasse Heje, Leverage Aversion and Risk Parity (January 23, 2012). Financial Analysts Journal, Vol. 68, No. 1, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1990493

Cliff S. Asness (Contact Author)

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Lasse Heje Pedersen

AQR Capital Management, LLC ( email )

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Copenhagen Business School - Department of Finance ( email )

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New York University (NYU) ( email )

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