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Leverage: futures usually require much lower margin than their ETF counterparts. For example /ES (E-mini S&P 500 futures) requires about \$4K overnight maintenance margin per contract (may vary by brokerage) to control 50 times the S&P 500 index (currently valued at about \$108K). This is over 20:1 leverage. Furthermore you do NOT pay interest on ...


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I think this paper gives a really good overview about risk parity link. As it points out, risk parity is a alternative to traditional mean variance portfolio construction.



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