Tag Archives: beta

Forecasting Bridgewater All Weather Performance in November’s Bond Storm

November’s government bond sell-off resulted in one of the sharpest increases in Treasury yields in recent history and an uptick in fixed income volatility. While this may be particularly bad news for traditional fixed income funds, risk parity funds should, in theory anyway and to the extent that other asset classes have held their ground, […]

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Chart of the Week: Update on Bridgewater All Weather

In recent weeks risk parity[1] funds have been the focus of particularly unfavorable reports on their performance.  Bridgewater’s All Weather Portfolio, the original and most famous risk parity fund, is often held up as an example. The risk parity approach has performed particularly well over the past decade, minimizing losses during both the tech bubble […]

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Chart of the Week: Bridgewater All Weather and Permanent Portfolio

Progenitors of risk parity and TIPS, facilitators of the Chicken McNugget, and managers of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associate’s now $65bn All Weather Fund has become legend amongst institutional investors (to say nothing of other asset management firms) looking to weatherproof their beta and modernize their portfolios. Predicated on Ray Dalio, Bob Prince […]

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Chart of the Week: QE3’s Big Winners – Positioned for the Printing Press

While attention has focused on bond fund managers who benefited from the Fed’s much anticipated announcement of the next phase of Quantitative Easing (QE3) on Thursday September 13th, what happened with equity fund managers? Hindsight may be 20/20, but it is no secret that equity markets have responded ebulliently to past announcements; after all, money […]

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Alpha and Excess Return: Not Synonymous

Can a fund whose alpha is positive significantly underperform the market? Yes, it can. This is a common question we receive during our clients’ Quarterly reporting, so we felt it worth addressing this phenomena – and taking a quick look at funds that gain this distinction. There is a common misperception that alpha means outperformance […]

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Chart of the Week: Performance RIEFersal – Riding the market to the podium

With the Renaissance Institutional Equities Fund recently taking home the Hedge Funds Review Americas Awards for “Best long/short equity hedge fund” and “single manager fund of the year”, we thought it would be worth taking another gander at RIEF to explore the fund’s performance generation. [1] We figured RIEF might be doing something different since […]

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Bridgewater Pure Alpha: How Much is Explained by Dynamic Beta?

Bridgewater Pure Alpha II Fund, the flagship fund of Bridgewater Associates – the world’s largest alternative investment management firm – has generated outstanding returns in the last twenty years with especially impressive performance since the Fall of 2008. Using MPI’s new Factor Search™ application, MPI’s endeavor is to capture dynamic betas embedded in Bridgewater fund’s […]

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