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Monte Capital’s long/short equity fund up 12% YTD thanks to active management of options portfolio

Friday, November 29, 2013

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers:

Monte Capital’s Theta Fund, a long/short equity fund with derivative protection, is up 12.11% YTD after returning 0.57% in October. The fund, which is listed on Opalesque’s EManagers database, manages $24.7m and has gained 10.9% since inception in September 2012.

Comparatively, the Barclay Equity Long/Short Index was up 1.79% in October, (10.61% YTD) as equity markets rallied again that month with the Euro Stoxx 50 Index gaining 6.04% and the S&P 500 rising 4.6%.

New York based-Monte Capital Group was formed in 2012, following an opportunity that started in 2008.

"We got our start back in 2008 when we were approached by a family office," Aron Schnell, founder of Monte Capital told Opalesque. "When the market turned down in ’08, they were forced to sell a portion of their positions on the lows due to a margin call. We were brought in because of our extensive background in derivatives trading and to come up with a solution to their larger problem. What came out of this was an options trading program that ran on top of their media sector-based portfolio. We were to lower the overall volatility of the portfolio, smoot......................

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