Opalesque Industry Update - Simple Alternatives, LLC's launched the S1 Fund as a simple approach to a portfolio of hedge fund managers two years ago.|
"Two years ago we created the S1 Fund to provide wealth advisors, and their clients, a better way to access a portfolio of hedge fund managers than the traditional limited partnership structure could provide,” said James K. Dilworth CEO and Founder at Simple Alternatives. “Obvious limitations with the limited partnership structure including the lack of liquidity, transparency, and relative high cost present significant obstacles for hedge fund investors to navigate.”
“The S1 Fund uses the mutual fund structure to deliver access to the same premier long/short hedged managers while providing the added benefits of daily liquidity, daily pricing, and a layer of regulatory oversight previously unavailable to hedge fund investors," added Dilworth.
For the two year period ended 9/30/12, S1 Fund had a return of 1.50% versus a 0.94% return for the HFRI Fund of Funds Composite Index. YTD through October 31, 2012, S1 Fund had a total return of 4.61%, compared to a 2.95% return for the HFRI Index, while maintaining a beta of approximately one quarter the S&P 500 Index.
Dilworth concluded that it was not surprising the S1 Fund has outperformed the hedge fund of funds index1 benchmark and, “our two year track record confirms our belief that it is possible for traditional hedge fund investors to achieve improved returns using the more investor friendly mutual fund structure.”
S1 Fund employs premium hedged equity managers who seek to preserve capital, lower volatility, and generate superior risk-adjusted returns. Simple Alternatives believes that small-to mid-sized managers with demonstrated short-selling experience are most likely to outperform over a full market cycle. SONEX seeks to deliver an absolute return with one-third the volatility of the equity markets as measured by the S&P 500 Index.
The S1 Fund is managed and advised by a team of leading hedge fund professionals, experienced in managing the assets of endowments, foundations, corporations, pension plans, RIAʼs, banks and high net worth individuals.