Ben Hunt

W. Ben Hunt, Ph.D.

Chief Risk Officer
Index Committee Member

Ben Hunt is the Chief Risk Officer of Salient Partners, an investment management firm with offices in Houston, San Francisco, and New York.

Dr. Hunt is the author of Epsilon Theory, a weekly newsletter and website that examines markets through the lenses of game theory and history, currently with more than 50,000 professional investor and allocator subscribers. Dr. Hunt is also a featured contributor to Forbes and Institutional Investor magazines.

Prior to joining Salient, Dr. Hunt was a portfolio manager of an $800 million long/short equity hedge fund. He has been the founder or co-founder of three technology companies, and he was a tenured professor in Political Science at Southern Methodist University with a ten year academic career. Dr. Hunt received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1991, and he is the author or co-author of two books on applications of game theory and econometrics to international politics.

The Salient Risk Parity Index is comprised of an equally risk-weighted portfolio of equities, commodities, global interest rates and credit. It employs 46 futures contracts and 6 credit default swap indices. The Index risk-weights the underlying assets at both the asset class and the sub-asset class level. The Index weights target a 10% standard deviation for the index as a whole, a risk level which is approximately equal to the long-run annual standard deviation of a typical portfolio consisting of 60% equities and 40% debt.

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