Market Update in Face of Equity Market Declines

It is not normal practice to provide intra-month updates on performance. However, given the quantum and pace of movement in the market over the last couple of weeks, these are not normal times, and we felt it prudent to provide investors with an update on how the strategy has been performing and how the portfolio […]


Market Risk Adjusted Returns and the Implications for Risk Assessment

Given the market is continually in a state of flux it can be difficult get a handle on the market’s strength and weakness. One measure is to assess the market based on its risk adjusted return, or Sharpe Ratio. The Sharpe Ratio is a measure of return per unit of risk, calculated as the excess […]


Finding Alpha – the intersection between active share, capacity and manager skill

Introduction Seasoned investors understand that returns are a function of both beta and alpha. Beta being the component of returns derived from the benchmark return and alpha being returns generated over and above (or below!) the benchmark return. The difficulty with generating alpha is that it takes more than just manager skill. It also requires […]


Equus Point Capital Market Neutral Fund in a diversified portfolio

The benefits of uncorrelated assets and strategies A market neutral strategy should provide meaningful diversifying benefits for investors given the expected low correlation to the underlying equities market. Market neutral is often mistakenly as assumed to be negatively correlated. The fact that the equity market has a negative month does not imply a market neutral […]


Why a market neutral strategy

Employing a market neutral strategy within a broad portfolio has the potential to provide: Ability to add incremental returns irrespective of market direction; Reduced volatility; Superior risk adjusted returns; A return stream uncorrelated to other asset classes providing diversification benefits in a broader portfolio; and Reduce draw downs in negative equity markets. Market neutral strategies […]


Advantages and disadvantages of short selling

Short selling is the act of borrowing stock and selling it in the market in the expectation that the price of the stock will decline, before buying the stock back (hopefully at a lower price) and returning the stock to the lender. The borrower pays the lender a fee for this service, typically a margin […]


Market neutral versus ‘long only’ strategies

A market neutral strategy is an investment strategy that seeks to generate positive returns in both rising and falling markets, while avoiding the inherent systematic risks of the market. Managers of market neutral strategies are focused on absolute returns rather than returns relative to an index (more common in typical long only strategies). Market neutral strategies […]


Cash allocation in managing portfolio risk

Who is best at managing cash levels within a client’s portfolio? Is it an adviser looking after the client’s portfolio, or is it the specialist portfolio manager managing a single component or asset class of the client’s portfolio? On one hand it can be argued that the adviser has a holistic view of a client’s […]


Active management versus index management

There have been two themes that have caught our attention in recent weeks that reflect the dilemma facing investors: active management under-performance and the increasing use of ‘quant’ based strategies, such as index funds and exchange traded funds. Firstly, Morningstar have produced research that demonstrates that some 70-80% of active Australian equity managers fail to […]


Trade off between return, volatility and cost

With any investment there is invariably a trade off between return, volatility and the cost of that investment. Recently there has been significant discussion about active management and its inability to outperform benchmarks, which in turn has led to a rising popularity in index funds and exchange traded funds. We have also seen the introduction […]