A framework for risk premia investing: Anywhere to hide?

Antti Suhonen, Kari Vatanen

Research output: Working paperScientific


Alternative risk premia (ARP) strategies are traditionally assumed to diversify both equity and bond market risk. We investigate the nature and risk characteristics of commonly known investable ARP strategies using investment bank strategy data. While most of the strategies have low full sample betas to both equity and commodity markets, several strategies exhibit statistically significant positive betas to bond markets. Additionally, characteristics of most ARP strategies change in the tails of equity and bond market distributions. Consequently, we propose a framework for diversified ARP portfolio construction that uses a hierarchical risk allocation process instead of whole sample volatilities and correlations.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSocial Science Research Network (SSRN)
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study


  • Factor investing
  • alternative risk premia
  • Portfolio Allocation
  • Quantitative analysis
  • asset allocation


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