Risk Parity Portfolios with Skewness Risk: An Application to Factor Investing and Alternative Risk Premia
48 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 22, 2016
This article develops a model that takes into account skewness risk in risk parity portfolios. In this framework, asset returns are viewed as stochastic processes with jumps or random variables generated by a Gaussian mixture distribution. This dual representation allows us to show that skewness and jump risks are equivalent. As the mixture representation is simple, we obtain analytical formulas for computing asset risk contributions of a given portfolio. Therefore, we define risk budgeting portfolios and derive existence and uniqueness conditions. We then apply our model to the equity/bond/volatility asset mix policy. When assets exhibit jump risks like the short volatility strategy, we show that skewness-based risk parity portfolios produce better allocation than volatility-based risk parity portfolios. Finally, we illustrate how this model is suitable to manage the skewness risk of long-only equity factor portfolios and to allocate between alternative risk premia.
Keywords: Risk Parity, Equal Risk Contribution, Expected Shortfall, Skewness, Jump Diffusion, Gaussian Mixture Model, EM Algorithm, Filtering Theory, Factor Investing, Alternative Risk Premia, Short Volatility Strategy, Diversification, Skewness Hedging, CTA Strategy
JEL Classification: C50, C60, G11
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