Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Pondering The Real Perils Of Risk Parity Portfolios

Following Paul Tudor Jones "terrifying" stock market comments last week, we explain why Jones might be wrong, not about risk parity causing a market dislocation, but instead the market in which risk parity will cause problems.

BRICs Finally Broke: Goldman Pulls The Plug On "Revolutionary" Acronym Fund After 88% Loss

Back in February 2013, the creater of the BRIC acronym, Goldman's Jim O'Neill retired, but not before some very (traditionally) optimistic words of parting, namely that there is "clear evidence things are doing better economically." Nearly three years later, things are not only not doing better economically, with the entire world now engaged in outright, or quasi QE (with helicopter money to follow as Adair Turner infamous warned) just to support global asset prices, but the very emerging markets that made up the BRICs, have devolved to a state of economic freefall. And nowhere is this more obvious than in Goldman's decision to pull the plug on the infamous fund that bears the name of Goldman's most bullish acronym in history.

Frontrunning: July 7

  • Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out (Reuters)
  • Tsipras Begins Brussels Campaign to Keep Greece Inside the Euro (BBG)
  • Greek Crisis Shows How Germany’s Power Polarizes Europe (WSJ)
  • Eurogroup Head Dijsselbloem Calls for ‘Credible’ Greece Package (BBG)
  • Europe Not Playing ‘Domino Theory’ Leaves Markets Calm on Greece (BBG)
  • China stocks fall again despite support measures (Reuters)
  • Chinese Trading Suspensions Freeze $1.4 Trillion of Shares Amid Rout (BBG)
  • Crude Creeps Higher After Downturn (WSJ)

Frontrunning: May 26

  • Developed-Country Growth Slows, OECD Says (WSJ)
  • Charter Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable for About $55 Billion (BBG)
  • Dollar hits one-month high as periphery woes weigh on Europe (Reuters)
  • IMF Says Yuan No Longer Undervalued Amid Reserve-Status Push (BBG)
  • Hanergy secured $200m loan ahead of solar group stock tumble (FT)
  • Congressional Inaction Threatens NSA Spy Program (WSJ)
  • Germany sees progress on Greece, EU officials to confer on Thursday (Reuters)
  • Hayes ‘motivated by greed’, prosecutor says in Libor case (FT)
  • Whistleblowers Find SEC Rewards Slow and Scarce (WSJ)

Frontrunning: May 15

  • The fake: Avon-Offer Hoax Shows It’s Easy to Put One Over on SEC’s Edgar (BBG)
  • And the real: US buyout group TPG snaps up UK discounter Poundworld (FT)
  • El Niño near-certain to last through summer: U.S. climate center (Reuters)
  • Oil Sands Land Becomes Alberta’s Hot Real Estate as Oil Rebounds (BBG)
  • SEC a stumbling block in banks' forex guilty pleas: sources (Reuters)
  • Pimco’s Stocks Chief Maisonneuve to Leave as Funds Closed (BBG)
  • Bank of America’s Woes Test ‘Fixer’ CEO (WSJ)
  • Puerto Rico Governor, Lawmakers Agree on Revenue Proposal (BBG)

Goldman Admits It, Too, Was Short The Swiss Franc

"In our portfolios with currencies, we have been short the CHF on the grounds that it was an expensive currency which we expected would experience capital outflows as European growth normalized. We were surprised by the sudden removal of the peg. Although the CHF real effective exchange rate is lower than during the European crisis of 2011, it has actually appreciated in recent months. We exited a substantial portion of our CHF short today and are monitoring the situation closely."