Tag Archives: Correlation


DITMo: Eavesdropping on an Adviser Meeting at Starbucks

by Peter J. de Marigny Statistical Mistakes Advisers Tell Clients  I was sitting at a table waiting for my appointment to show up at a local Starbucks when I overheard a financial adviser speaking to a client.  The colored chart printouts for asset allocation relative to the client’s investment horizon, liquidity requirements and risk tolerance filtered down to representative investments […]

DITMo: Red Heifer versus Black Swan

by Peter J. de Marigny Introducing “The Red Heifer” in Capital Markets A “Red Heifer” is a rare event condition, however, it is an event that differs from a “Black Swan” in that it is not a return observation within a sample of chained return measurements.  A “Red Heifer” event is one that creates its own discrete data series.  A […]

DITMo: Hedging without Shorting?

by Peter J de Marigny, DITMo Capital, Newport Beach, CA In a bull market hedged portfolios generally underperform.  The problem for most investors is that reducing risk requires forgoing upside benefit.  Should reducing risk be a question of diversification only?  This is an approach of many financial advisors using mean variance historical returns to show an “efficient frontier” curve.  The […]

DITMo: Why Risk Parity Hedge Funds are Return Parity Vehicles

  As hedge funds increasingly employ new approaches to asset allocation there has been a rise in the use of Risk Parity funds.  The vulnerability of Risk Parity funds is that they allocate by risk rather than by value. That is actually a bet on whether equities will outperform the return of additional risk adjusted asset class allocations utilizing leverage. […]

DITMo: PRICING AN ASSET BY RISK: CNBC Spot On Student Housing

As an asset manager having worked in almost every asset class from venture writing pitch books for securities offerings; to capital markets trading – equity, bonds and derivatives; to alternative classes such as private equity, hedge funds and real estate, it is easy to observe the interdependence and adverse consequences of government intervention in market pricing. The cause of most […]