Takeaway: Consider risk allocation

By Staff | May 16, 2012 | Last updated on May 16, 2012
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We’re committed to making your practice better, so all this month, we’re delivering you a daily takeaway.

Today’s takeaway is…

Consider risk allocation

Take a typical pension plan asset mix:

  • 36% Canadian bonds
  • 35% Canadian equity
  • 14% international equity
  • 13% international equity, EAFE
  • 2% cash

When viewing it by asset allocation alone, the portfolio looks to be well diversified; most investors would be pleased with the amount of diversification represented. But look at the same portfolio through the lens of risk and we see a different picture.

Portfolio risk, as measured by standard deviation, is approximately 9.4%. When reviewing the mix from the perspective of risk allocation, it would appear equities account for 62% of the portfolio, yet are responsible for 96% of the total risk.

Want more? Read: From asset to risk allocation

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