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The Corona Fighters Report 33: Asset managers who delivered in the downturn

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

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

Managing credit volatility

Managing credit volatility has paid off for Orchard Global Asset Management. The Orchard Liquid Credit Fund was up 10.65% at the end of the first quarter and is up 14.20% year to date after continued positive performance in April. The strategy has an annualized return of 10.68%.

The Orchard Liquid Credit Fund invests in structured credit. The strategy seeks to capture the discrepancy between market spreads and realized defaults in investment grade credit. The fund invests in investment grade credits in North America and Europe.

A flurry of corporate bankruptcies in April is making things interesting for credit investors, according to a performance update to investors from Orchard reviewed by Opalesque. "As we continue to think broadly about the financial markets from here on, the big question is whether the current crisis is one of liquidity or solvency. Although central bank actions have been helpful in unlocking credit markets, it is unlikely we will be able to resolve a credit cycle by issuing ever more credit. Additionally, we do not believe systemic risk has been eliminated. We are likely to see bouts of volatility where the focus will alternate between systemic and dispersion driven volatility," the note said.

A multi-manager fund outperforms

A multi-strategy fund focused on finding unique strategies is outperforming this year. The Boothbay Diversified Alpha Master Fund from Boothbay Fund Management is a multi-strategy multi-manager fund that aims to combine non-correlated positive expectancy strategies into a cohesive portfolio. The strategy is up 10.09% year to date and produces an annualized return of 18.83%, according to performance information reviewed by Opalesque. Boothbay was previously featured in Opalesque New Managers. The firm is led by Ari Glass, founder and managing member, who previously served as COO at Intrepid Capital Management, a $2.5bn "Tiger Cub" hedge fund seeded by Soros Fund Management.


Last issue of The Corona Fighters Report: Report 32.

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