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1 May 2014 Financial Analysts Journal Volume 70, Issue 3

Asset Allocation: Risk Models for Alternative Investments

  1. Niels Pedersen
  2. Sébastien Page, CFA
  3. Fei He

Often, the lack of mark-to-market data lures investors into the misconception that alternative asset classes and strategies represent somewhat of a “free lunch.” This article proposes solutions to measuring mark-to-market risk in alternative and illiquid investments. The authors describe how to estimate risk factor exposures when the available asset return series may be smoothed (owing to the difficulty of obtaining market-based valuations). They show that alternative investments are exposed to many of the same risk factors that drive stock and bond returns.

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