After further research, Nichols adds Portfolio D’s manager in the list of managers approved for use by JAG. One of the appeals of manager D was the manager’s use of paired trades. For example, in the most recent quarter the manager had in place a pairs trade between an industrial and a consumer durables stock. The industrial was overweighted by 1.5% and the consumer durable was underweighted by 1.5% versus the portfolio’s benchmark. The trade was not successful and the manager reversed the trade by restoring both positions to an equal weight versus the benchmark. In its place the manager initiated a new pairs trade between two different consumer staples companies. This time the over and underweights were only 1.0%.
Determine whether the active risk of Manager D most likely increased or decreased as a result of the two pairs trade actions taken.