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Risks are now rising and do not appear appropriately priced inwarnsfounder of world’s largest hedge fund

Geo-political risk from North Korea &risk of hellacious war

Risk that U.S. debt ceiling not raised; technical US default

Safe haven gold likely tobenefit by more than dollar, treasuries

Investors should allocate at least 5% to 10% of assets to gold

If you don’t have 5-10% of your assets in gold as a hedge, we’d suggest that you relook at this

If you do have an excellent analysis of why you shouldn’t have such an allocation to gold, we’d appreciate you sharing it with us

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by Ray Daliovia Linkedin

There are returns, and there are risks.We think of them individually, and then we combine them into a portfolio.

We think of returns and opportunities as coming from those things we’d bet on, and we think of risks as the adverse market consequences of us being wrong due to our being out of balance.We start with our balanced beta portfolio-i.e., that portfolio that would most certainly fund our intended uses of the money.

Everyone should have their own based on their own projected uses of money, though more generally, it’s our All Weather portfolio.

We then create a balanced portfolio of opportunity/alpha bets based on what we think is likely to happen.We then combine them.

We bet on the events/outcomes that we think we have an edge in understanding.For events/outcomes where we don’t think we have a particular edge-e.g., political events-we aim to construct our portfolio to be relatively neutral or balanced to those risks.

Risk and Volatility

As a rule, periods of lower risk/volatility tend to lead to periods of greater risk/volatility.That is reflected in our aggregate market volatility gauge (see below), and markets are pricing in volatility to remain low next year too.

As a related rule, people adapt to the circumstances they have experienced and are then surprised when the future is different than the past.

In other words, most people are inclined to assume that the circumstances they have recently encountered will persist, which leads them to change what they are doing to be consistent with that recently experienced environment.

For example, low-volatility periods in which credit is readily available tend to lead people to assume that it’s safe to borrow more, which leads them to lever up their positions, which contributes to greater volatility and hurts them when things change.

That appears to be the case now-i.e., prospective risks are now rising and do not appear appropriately priced in because of a) a backward looking at risk and b) corporate leveraging up has been high because interest rates are low relative to many companies’ projected ROEs and because past risks have been low.

The emerging risks appear more political than economic, which makes them especially challenging to price in.

Most immediately, during the calm of the August vacation season, we are seeing