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Low Risk Anomaly since 1860

first posted: 2022-06-08 17:50:19.918777

Here is a recent article published by Robecco on the low-risk anomaly. This anomaly was first documented in the 70s as higher beta stocks are found to have negative alpha, or a predicted performance negatively linked to their beta.

The lower risk portfolio is based on a few rules:

  • From the largest 1,000 stocks, we select 500 with lowest volatility.
  • From this subset, we then choose 100 stocks with the best net-payout-yield and price momentum.
  • The resulting portfolio is then rebalanced on a quarterly basis.

The criteria lead to higher return for low vol and therefore much higher Sharpe ratio:


The outperformance is confirmed every single decade:


The outperformance is more pronounced on bear markets:


Lower volatility stocks outperform the higher volatility ones as they tend the resist wars and recession better than the more volatile ones.