A decade of challenging markets, particularly for equities, has led to growing investor interest around risk parity. In its simplest form, risk parity seeks to balance the contribution to total portfolio risk from each asset class that composes a diversified portfolio. A traditional 60% equity / 40% fixed income portfolio, which is the base of many investors' portfolios, is not diversified. Approximately 90% of the risk in this traditional portfolio is concentrated in equities, due to the fact that historically equities have been three times more volatile than fixed income securities. Risk parity seeks to avoid this concentration of risk through the construction of a more diverse, risk balanced portfolio.
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