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Asset-based strategies like 60/40 are crude, with limited diversification in stressed markets when correlations increase.

Risk-based strategies offer an alternative approach to portfolio construction.

We look at five multi-asset risk-based strategies.

Source: Elston; Icons: Elston Risk-based strategies are an alternative approach to multi-asset investing.For traditional asset-based strategies, such as a 60/40 equity/bond portfolio, asset weights drive risk characteristics. For risk-based multi-asset strategies, risk characteristics drive asset weights.

The objectives of multi-asset risk-based strategies are derived from different branches of portfolio theory can be defined as follows:

Minimum Variance: Aims to minimise the overall strategy volatility by using pairwise correlations and volatilities of stocks to provide a good proxy for the least risky portfolio in the Modern Portfolio Theory framework.

Risk Parity: Aims to achieve equal risk contribution from asset classes under the assumption of identical pair-wise correlations structures. The same as inverse volatility weighting.

Maximum Deconcentration: A naïve diversification strategy that aims at maximising the effective number of holdings, equivalent to minimising concentration.

Maximum Sharpe: Aims to combine assets to achieve a strategy with the highest risk-adjusted return in excess of the risk-free rate.

Maximum Decorrelation: Aims to minimise the volatility of a strategy assuming that individual volatilities are identical, thereby constructing the strategy based on correlation structure alone (solving for the least correlated strategy).

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