# Asset Allocation Flashcards Preview

## CFA Level III > Asset Allocation > Flashcards

Flashcards in Asset Allocation Deck (34)
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Asset Allocation Approaches

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1. Asset-Only: manage risk/ return of assets
2. Liability-Relative: manage assets in relation to liabilities
3. Goals-Based: manage subportfolios to meet goals
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Factor Portfolio

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isolate systematic risk exposure

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Risk Budgeting

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where/ how much risk to take

• specify how risk is distributed regardless of expected returns
• how much additional risk the investor is willing to take relative to benchmark
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Rebalancing

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when to rebalances to benchmark; calendar or percentage-range based

drift corridor width based on

• transaction costs (+)
• risk tolerance (+)
• correlation w/ porfolio (+)
• volatility of portfolio (-)
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Mean Variance Optimization

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• approach to determining AA
• lowest standard deviation for a given level of expected return
• constraints: budget, no non-neg weights, client constraints
• find optimal weights: max utility, efficient frontier, min return, max SD
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MVO Criticisms

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1. GIGO
2. concentrated AA
3. diversification
4. ignores liabilities
5. single period
6. ignores skewness/ kurtosis of returns
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MVO Improvements

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1. reverse opt - derive weights from expected return of global market port
2. Black-Litterman model - reverse opt adjusted for investor exp
4. resample MVO - Monte Carlo Sim; less extreme weights, includes all asset classes
5. include skewness/ kurtosis in utility function; use an asymmetric definition of risk (conditional VAR)
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Utility Maximization Equation

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Um = E(r) - 0.5 * λ * Var

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Roy’s Safety First Criterion

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probability of portfolio exceeing min threshold return (want highest)

SF ratio = [E(RP) - RL ]/ σP

RL = min level of portfolio return

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Sharpe Ratio

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excess return per unit of risk (want highest)

( Rm - Rf )/ σm

ERPm / σm

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Illiquid Assets and MVO

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1. calc MVO w/o illiquid assets classes, include in portfolio w/ set specific allocations for illiquid assets
2. calc MVO w/ illiquid assets
3. calc MVO w/ illiquid asset classes, include in portfolio w/ alt inv indexes
12
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Incorporating Client Risk Pref in AA

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2. specifying a risk aversion factor for the investor
3. monte carlo simulation
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Factor-Based AA

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multi-factor regression to derive return w/ MVO

• use risk factors instead of asset classes
• corr btwn factors typically lower than corr btwn asset classes
14
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Contribution to Total Risk

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MCTR (marginal): βacp

ACTR (abs): w*MCTR

opt allocation: excess return/ MCTR for each asset class = portfolio Sharpe Ratio

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ALM

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asset liability management

1. surplus optimization (pension funds)
2. hedging/ return-seeking approach (insurance companies, overfunded pensions) > mimics the liabilities it’s funding (fully hedge = conservative)
3. integrated asset-liability approach (banks)
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Strategic AA

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• reflects desired systematic risk exp
• set target weights for portfolio
• longer-term capital market expectations to inc portfolio value
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Tactical AA

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use perceived short-term opportunities in the market to inc portfolio value; inc risk

• discretionary vs systematic (value or momentum)
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TAA Performance Evaluation

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• compare Sharpe Ratio to SAA
• calc info ratio/ t-stat of excess returns relative to SAA
• attribution analysis to determine excess return
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Mark to Market

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PV of any g/l that would be realized if the forward contract was closed early w/ an offsetting contract position

Value = (g or l)/ ( 1 + LIBORn-t )

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Put Option

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right to sell the underlying sec if P < X

gains value delta closer to -1, loses value delta closer to 0

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Call Option

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right to buy the underlying sec if X < P

gains value delta closer to 1, loses value delta closer to 0

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Domestic Currency Return

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RDC = RFC + RFX + RFC*RFX

RDC = ( EV - BV )/ BV

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Domestic Currency Risk

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σ2RC = σ2RC​ + σ2RF + 2σRC​σRFρ(RFC,RFX)

corr = pos = inc volatility of returns

coor = neg = dec volatility of returns

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Currency Management Strategies

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1. passive hedging: benchmark
2. discretionary hedging: benchmark w/ slight deviation
3. active curr management: greater deviation from benchmark
4. currency overlay: seperate manager for currency
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Influences on Whether to Fully Hedge Currency Position

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1. time horizon
2. risk aversion
3. liquidity needs
4. FX bond exposure
5. hedging costs
6. opportunity costs
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Economic Fundamentals

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assumes LT currency value will converge w/ fair value

inc value of currency

1. undervalued relative to FV
2. inc in FV
3. higher real or nom int rates
4. lower inflation
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Technical Analysis

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1. past price data can predict future
2. patterns repeat: overbought/ sold reverse, support/ resistance levels, moving avg
3. don’t need to know value of currency, just where it will trade
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borrow lower int rate currency (developed), invest proceeds in higher int rate currency (developing)

RISK: higher int rate durrency depreciates by more than the diff in spot rates

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Covered Interest Rate Parity

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F = S ( 1 + ip )/ ( 1 + ib ​)

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profit from changes in volatility

expect inc volatility: long straddle (call, put in the money), long strangle (call, put out of the money)

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Vega

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change in value of option b/c change in volatility of underlying

inc volatility = inc value of options = inc price

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Roll Yield

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roll yield = hedged curr return = F/S - 1

hedge = locks in forward price

• S > F; iB < iP: long B = pos roll yield > yes hedge
• S < F; iB > iP: long B = neg roll yield > no hedge
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Hedging

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• dynamic - change hege to cover additional exp
• depens on trans costs, risk aversion
• discretionary - imperfect hedge uj
• hedge long curr exp = sell forward
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Hedging Types

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1. cross hedge: hedge w/ proxy deriv (not perfectly corr)
2. macro hedge: hedge portfolio w/ deriv based on basket of curr
3. MVHR: min var hedge ratio: reg to find % to hedge, min volatility of RDC