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By Brian ShawPortfolio Manager, Eaton Vance Management

Boston - A new analysis by Brian Shaw, vice president and portfolio manager at Eaton Vance, shows that the role of bonds in portfolio diversification, including strategies based on risk parity, must change going forward, as interest rates have hit their effective lower bounds.

Other key conclusions are:

  • The ability of bonds to hedge equity volatility - i.e., their "hedging efficiency" - has been declining steadily in the U.S., Europe and Japan since the dot-com bust of 2000
  • The same loss in hedging efficiency may be seen in corporate debt, whose performance is affected by both credit spreads and interest-rate movements
  • The well-diversified portfolio of the future will need to include assets drawn from a much wider spectrum than the traditional equity, rates and credit markets of the most commonly considered investment regions

Here is the full copy of the report: Rethinking risk parity and the diversification benefit of bonds.

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