Financial Analysts Journal March/April 2014 Volume 70 Issue 2
The Low-Risk Anomaly: A Decomposition into Micro and Macro Effects
Low-risk stocks have offered a combination of relatively low risk and high returns. We decomposed the low-risk anomaly into micro and macro components. The micro component comes from the selection of low-beta stocks. The macro component comes from the selection of low-beta countries or industries. Both parts contribute to the anomaly, with important implications for the construction of managed-volatility portfolios.