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LJM hedge fund says current volatility does not reflect potential threats

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The $312m LJM Partners said there are strong support and resistance factors in the market, but the current volatility levels do not accurately reflect the potential threats.

In her monthly report to investors, Kelly McKean, who is in charge of managing the investor pipeline at LJM, said the investment management team emphasizes an opportunistic approach harnessing returns when the risk/reward profile is favorable, and exercising caution when risks outweigh potential rewards.

"Markets have been range‐bound but showed some sharp reversals. The charts of the most important equity indices showed sort of a V-shaped movement," she said and added, "On the way down in the first two weeks of the month Volatility attempted another short rally to 18% and returned again to the 'new normal’ 13-15% zone where it has resided most of the time since July 2012. LJM’s April returns were diluted by the fact that the volatility levels, the geo-political environment, and the domestic economic data did not support pursuing the same level of returns within the appropriate risk parameters.

At suppressed volatility levels, LJM’s risk constraints dictate lower short-term return targets. However, lower capital deployment creates more efficient use of capital when opportunistic market scenarios emerge, McKean said.

All LJM strategies posted modest gains in April. Based on the estimated YTD......................

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