Whitepaper - January 2019

Qontigo InsightTM Quarterly Risk Review Q4 2018: Risk Finally Rears Its Ugly Head Applied Research Team

Year-end 2018 was the antithesis of the close-out in 2017. While investors reveled in large equity gains and low volatility the year before, 2018 brought the misery of steep losses and high levels of volatility. Markets were choppy throughout the year and especially in the fourth quarter, with stocks wavering between gains and losses. Major indices around the globe fell abruptly from the record levels reached in January, ending the year under water. The corresponding increase in volatility of indexes, countries, style factors, etc. suggest that managers of all stripes may want to reevaluate their portfolios to reflect the changed environment.

Authors

Melissa Brown

Managing Director of Applied Research

Olivier d'Assier

Managing Director, Applied Research - APAC

Christoph Schon, CFA, CIPM

Executive Director, Applied Research

Diana R. Baechle, PhD

Director, Applied Research

Natan Borshansky

Manager, Applied Research