What are Volatility Risk Premium Strategies?

May 17, 2018 | Joe McGuane, CFA, Senior Research Analyst, Alternatives

Volatility Risk Premium (“VRP”) strategies — also known as defensive equity strategies — are relatively new to the institutional landscape, but have grown in popularity given the current backdrop of historically high equity valuations, low interest rates, and frustration over hedge fund fees and performance. This newsletter summarizes how these strategies operate and outlines key risk and return metrics that will help investors decide if a VRP strategy is appropriate for their portfolios.

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Joe McGuane, CFA
Senior Research Analyst, Alternatives

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