QuantConnect implementation of the Adaptive Asset Allocation strategy presented by Ilya Kipnis in this **post**

### Universe

The universe consists of ETFs from different asset classes: SPY (US equities), VGK (European equities), EWJ (Japanese equities), EEM (Emerging market equities), VNQ (US REITs), RWX (International REITs), TLT (US 30-year Treasuries), IEF (US 10-year Treasuries), DBC (Commodities) and GLD (Gold).

### Alpha

Every N days, we compute the 1-3-6-12 momentum filter for the whole Universe (i.e. the sum of 12 * 1-month momentum, 4 * 3-month momentum, 2 * 6-month momentum and 12-month momentum) and rank them. The final selection is based on Dual Momentum: a combination of Positive Absolute Momentum (momentum score above 0) and Relative Momentum (keeping the Top N assets in the ranking).

### Portfolio

- We apply portfolio optimization to the top assets in a particular way. We compute the covariance matrix using one-month volatility estimates, and a correlation matrix that is the weighted average of the same parameters used for the momentum filter (12 * 1-month correlation + 4 * 3-month correlation + 2 * 6-month correlation + 12-month correlation, all divided by 19). In the original strategy, the proposed optimization is Minimum Variance. However, in this implementation we’re adding the possibility to choose between: Minimize Portfolio Variance, Maximize Portfolio Return and Maximize Portfolio Sharpe Ratio.
- This strategy also uses two Canary Assets: VWO (Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF) and BND (Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF), to determine the level of exposure to “risky assets”. We compute the 1-3-6-12 momentum for the Canary Assets and our exposure to “risky assets” will be: 100% if both have Positive Absolute Momentum, 50% if only one has Positive Absolute Momentum, 0% if none has Positive Absolute Momentum. The remaining % from the above calculation will go to IEF if this asset also has Positive Absolute Momentum or stay in cash otherwise.

### Execution

Immediate Execution with Market Orders

### Risk

Null Risk Management Model

### Research Notebook

- A step-by-step walk-through of the Momentum Score calculation.
- A step-by-step walk-through on how to calculate the Covariance Matrix using a custom correlation matrix (like the one in our algorithm, computed as a weighted average of multiple period correlations).