Today, we are joined by Yao Hua Ooi, Principal at AQR Capital Management, for a conversation on how they use systematic tools like trend following, to take advantage of inefficiencies in markets. We discuss the pros and cons of risk premia strategies and how they manage to improve the Sharpe ratio while making sure the "dual" mandate is fulfilled, how they have moved beyond pure price trends as part of the evolution of their trend programs. We also discuss the process of building a trend following strategy and why they prefer to build models rather than mimic a strategy through linear regression, their approach to adding alternative markets to their portfolio, why they are always concerned about capacity and much more.
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02:50 - Introduction to AQR
04:12 - Their investment philosophy
08:47 - Risk premia strategies
11:55 - A historical perspective
13:55 - Too focused on Sharpe?
22:24 - Changing the narrative
30:41 - Being unconventional
35:13 - Getting comfortable with the data
39:22 - The future for economical trend following
42:55 - Their research process
47:05 - The managed futures space
48:39 - Pricing trend following
55:00 - The need for daily liquidity
57:32 - The portfolio construction process
01:00:12 - The pros and cons of replication
01:04:25 - Applying risk management
01:05:40 - Adding new markets
01:09:19 - The role of trend following
01:13:08 - Reaching the limit
01:16:05 - Trend following disagreements
01:17:52 - Expectations for 2023
01:19:47 - Thanks for listening
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