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The Corona Fighters Report 30: Asset managers who delivered in the downturn

Friday, May 15, 2020

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Amid the current market turmoil, this is our regular report on hedge fund and alternative asset managers who are bucking the trend.

Rebounds in equity hedge

After a harsh first quarter, equity hedge strategies rebounded in April. Swiss firm,Tramondo Investment Partners' Dynamic Equity Opportunities Fund was up 5.01% coming off a down month in March. The strategy is up 0.97% year to date. The fund is a diversified global equities portfolio with an equity market futures overlay that is used to hedge risk. The strategy has returned 21.43% since inception.

According to an investor update reviewed by Opalesque, the team at Tramondo used April to alter its hedges and take on new long positions. "We closed almost all hedges and gradually increased the exposure to 75% and kept it like this for most of the month while major indices started to build new bases after their bounce," the note said. "Hence, we have been able to already identify new leaders and slightly adjusted the portfolio accordingly. Regarding exposure management, if we would see major breaks of key supports, we would start decreasing exposure. Until then, we remain flexible and open-minded and try to take advantage of opportunities where they arise - day by day."

Trend followers take advantage of volatility

Austrian firm SMN Investment Services trend following strategy 1996 Fund is up 2.59% year to date. As the name suggests, the strategy launched in 1996, with the goal of maintaining low correlation to the broader market while providing diversification through managed futures. The strategy has returned +190.75% since its inception.

Managed futures funds posted a positive month in April overall, with returns of 0.12% according to the Barclay CTA Index.

Metals outperform

Canadian firm Delbrook Capital's flagship strategy the Delbrook Resource Opportunities Master Fund returned +19.7% in April, resulting in a year to date return of +9.8%. The strategy outperformed the Barclay Financial & Metals Traders Index, which was up 0.08% in April and is down 0.09% year to date.

The fund runs an equity long/short investment strategy focused exclusively on the metals and mining sector. The fund invests primarily in publicly listed companies that are focused on precious, base, energy, and industrial metals production and exploration. The strategy was launched in 2013.

According to a performance update to investors reviewed by Opalesque, April's returns were driven by a "tactical decision to increase long exposure to specific large-capitalization precious metals equities on the back of the unprecedented global monetization of government liabilities." The fund says the demand for hard assets has increased significantly in recent weeks and ETFs that provide exposure to these assets are seeing paper demand that outpaces physical metal capacity. That sets up the opportunity for profitable dislocations. The uncorrelated nature of metals trading also helped April performance.

The Previous issue of The Corona Fighters Report: Report 29.

Opalesque's Corona Fighters reports are open articles. To see all past articles, type Corona Fighters in our search engine: www.opalesque.com/index.php.


Disclaimer: This is not investment advice. Opalesque has not verified this information and gives no warranty of accuracy or completeness. Past performance is not indicative of future results. See our Terms & Conditions for more information.



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