Billionaire Cliff Asness: Investment Strategy, Risk and Active Investing

An interview with billionaire quantitative investor and co-founder of AQR Capital Management, Cliff Asness. In this interview, Cliff discusses his investment strategy at AQR, including how he thinks about risk and portfolio structure. Cliff also talks about active vs passive investing and back testing. 📚Books by Cliff Asness and books on him are located at the bottom of the description❗

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Video Segments:
0:00 Introduction
0:06 Why did you start AQR?
1:48 How is your strategy different?
6:20 How do you verify back test?
15:16 Investing peeves?
21:25 Mistakes?
28:15 Is there a motto you live by?
33:04 Has your thinking about investing changed since 1998?
36:59 Where are the unique risks and opportunities today?
40:33 Effects of passive investing?
44:41 Concerns of factor investing?
50:22 What does it mean when big names drive the market?
53:02 How do you invest for your family?
54:33 Advice?

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Interview Date: 2017
Event: Prime Quadrant
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6 thoughts on “Billionaire Cliff Asness: Investment Strategy, Risk and Active Investing”

  1. I was into the content.

    However, at one point Asness referred to a phrase as his "whipping boy", which doesn't really matter much. A poor choice of words is an ironic way to put it, but then he equated his personal management skills as "morally equivalent" to Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves of the United States in the same sitting. That didn't sit well with me.

    I don't have an interest in taking it personally or entertaining counterpoints about it, but I am not sure he knows how these statements come across, especially together.

    Unfortunately, these missteps of character took away from the discussion for me. As such a public figure in control of the funds of so many people, it would be unfortunate, for Cliff, if these things were to be seen as an assumptive evidence to a trait.

    Or if the media picked up on a commonality of these types of jokes from him and began imploring. But that's just my 2 cents.

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