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HFR launches risk premia indices

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HFR has launched the HFR Bank Systematic Risk Premia Indices, a family of indices including 40 which are ‘efficiently delineated along a nested matrix of established risk premia asset type and strategy’.

Risk premia strategies have experienced a surge in interest from both institutional and retail investors as a result of high liquidity and flexible tactical exposures. The universe of bank risk premia strategies surpassed USD700 billion in notional capital in 2018 and leverages a universe of over 1,200 risk premia products, according to HFR.
 
The HFR Bank Systematic Risk Premia Indices offer daily performance reporting categorically delineated across a robust asset type and strategy/style premia matrix. Asset type includes indices of Commodity, Credit, Currency, Equity, Multi, and Rates, while styles include Carry, Momentum, Quality, Size, and Value, as well as a number of other style premia. Emphasising the tactical granularity and modularisation of the taxonomy, HFR includes indices of all styles within each given asset type, offering the most detailed insight into the performance of diverse, individual factor grouping.
 
The HFR Bank Risk Premia: Rates Momentum Index leads all indices with a gain of +9.5 per cent for 2018 through June launch date, while the HFR Bank Risk Premia: Credit Carry Index has produced an annualised return of +23.1 per cent since its May 2009 inception, the best performing index since family inception.
 
The comprehensive family of indices utilises a powerful yet transparent, rules-based methodology with the universe based on well-established risk premia products supported by bank providers. Swap-based performance is reported on a daily basis at the end of the trading day, net of all trading and execution costs. Indices are rebalanced annually and performance is based on live data only, utilising an inverse volatility weighted methodology. All HFR Bank Systematic Risk Premia Indices are investible and available for licensed redistribution; a data set of all underlying constituent products is also available.
 
“Investors in these strategies have been asking for indices they can use for performance attribution, factor analysis, and investment purposes. HFR believes this family of indices gives investors the tools they need, plus the ability to invest in alternative betas in a liquid, transparent fashion so they can focus on managers who truly generate alpha,” says Jerome Abernathy, PhD, head of the systematic risk premia project.
 
“Institutional investor demand globally for indices of risk premia strategies has exploded in recent years and the HFR Bank Risk Premia Indices have definitively and conclusively satisfied this demand by including all the necessary qualities required by these institutions, including transparency, structure, granularity, liquidity, consistency, standardisation and investability,” says Kenneth J Heinz (pictured), President of HFR. “The new HFR risk premia indices offer a powerful, tactical portfolio complement to traditional, hedge fund, and risk parity exposures and their broad, global acceptance and usage by leading institutional investors will solidify these as the definitive, authoritative and industry-standard benchmarks in this rapidly expanding area.”
 

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