Real estate has long had the reputation of being at least a partial hedge against inflation, since both rental income and property values typically respond positively to inflationary pressures. The iSTOXX Developed and Emerging Markets ex USA PK VN Index has lived up to this reputation historically and is continuing to do so in the current inflationary environment.
The STOXX WTW Climate Transition Indices are a new approach to managing climate risk that offer investors a systematic and transparent way to incorporate climate transition risk into their investment decisions.
This paper focuses on creating SDG portfolios that maximize exposure to one, two or all SDGs. The study shows that it is quite possible to create a portfolio that significantly improves the exposure to SDGs without taking on too much active risk. An optimizer can help manage that active risk.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine spooked equity investors around the world, but losses were not distributed equally across all sectors, with some industries even exhibiting positive returns. This opens up opportunities for more focused strategies such as thematic investing.
Another tech bubble may be about to burst, triggering a US recession. There are multiple similarities between the current tech bubble and the dot-com bubble. This time, however, the Fed cannot leverage interest-rate cuts to put the brakes on a market decline, due to the current record-high inflation combined with low interest rates.
How badly could a portfolio get hurt? What scenario would be responsible for such a loss? What are the main risk drivers in this scenario and how plausible would such a scenario be? These questions are all part of what is commonly called reverse stress testing. This paper aims to illustrate how one could follow a very pragmatic end-to-end workflow to answer these questions.
Historically Canadian equity managers have had difficulty accurately modeling their investment universe across the US and Canada. North America regional risk models used to construct portfolios just aren’t able to capture the nuances of both markets and are dominated by the US. That’s why we created the Axioma North America Linked Model.
In risk management a lot of focus and attention is (rightly) put on models and methodologies used to compute ex-ante risk measures. And in the context of a multi-asset class universe which is vast by nature, perfect data (market data, terms and conditions provided by the user) and bug-free algorithms are not always possible. Therefore, one of the key challenges for risk managers is to ensure that any risk analytic produced is sound and reliable.
In this paper, we examine the historical interaction of equity and bond-market returns—both in the recent past and over the last 70 years—in an effort to identify the main triggers of shifts in their relative directions.
Understanding changes in risk estimates can be key, especially in times of crisis when volatilities spike and correlations point in the same direction, eliminating the diversification that was supposed to protect a portfolio.
The best risk model is the one most closely aligned to your strategy. In some cases, using a single integrated regional model may help you achieve better results. We offer a range of Equity Factor Risk Models – US, Developed Markets ex-US, and Emerging Markets – connected as a Linked Model for more flexible and tailored risk forecasting and attribution.