Alma Selwood Market Neutral Credit
Cumulative Performance (%)
Fund Inception 13 April 2018
The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Strategy & Manager
The Fund provides access to a UCITS compliant version of the Selwood Market Neutral Credit Strategy managed by Sofiane Gharred and his team at Selwood Asset Management (“Selwood”). The strategy was launched in September 2015 and trades a single investment strategy focused on liquid credit indices within the investment grade credit space. It implements the strategy by investing in CDX and iTraxx indices, tranches of these, index options and single name CDS.
The goal is to achieve a market neutral portfolio which has a positive carry and positive convexity. The strategy attempts to monetise the dislocation between the actual credit spread of the CDX and iTraxx index and that implied by the CDS of the underlying index components. There has been a persistent difference between these spreads since the indices were launched in 2004, largely due to the indices being used predominantly to hedge credit exposure. The team will buy CDS on the most risky single name credits in order to minimise the risk of default to the portfolio.
In addition to the core strategy supplemental alpha opportunities arise roll yield as the index rolls twice per annum to the new on-the-run series, the strategy will profit from the technical cheapening of the previous on-the-run index; the strategy also utilises derivatives such as options to create a positively convex return profile in order to try to minimise market risk.
Selwood AM LLP was founded by Sofiane Gharred in 2015. Mr Gharred is a pioneer of the synthetic credit derivatives market with 17 years of experience on both the buy side and sell side. He has gathered a team of seasoned professionals dedicated to offer investors access to unique alternative credit investments. Selwood AM LLP aims at generating superior risk-adjusted returns over a broad range of market environments. Investment approach implemented since 2006 and tested through various market cycles.
Prior to founding Selwood AM, Mr Sofiane Gharred was a partner at Chenavari Financial Group. During Mr Gharred’s tenure, he developed and managed the liquid Corporate Credit Strategy, developed the risk management framework for the firm and significantly contributed to Chenavari winning multiple awards over his 7 years at the firm.
Prior to that, Mr Gharred was Managing Director and Global Head of Structured Credit Trading at Credit Agricole CIB. He was responsible for all structured credit proprietary activities with over 20 traders reporting to him. In this capacity, he successfully managed a $200bn delta equivalent correlation book across a variety of credit markets, notably producing positive returns during the correlation crisis in 2005 and the sub-prime crisis in 2007.
Mr Gharred has a strong quantitative background, with an MSc (Hons) in Applied Mathematics in Finance graduating from Ecole Centrale Paris, and a DEA (Hons) in Mathematical modelling in economics from Sorbonne University.
Statistics & Commentary
The performance data shown represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. The investment return and the principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
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Investment Manager's Commentaryas of 28/05/2021
Market Review and Outlook
Risk sentiment was very weak through April as negative geopolitical headlines, hawkish central bank rhetoric and very elevated inflation prints weighed on sentiment. The Russia/Ukraine war escalated further and the associated impact on commodity prices created more concern over input costs. China’s escalating COVID wave led to further lockdowns, which are expected to impact global supply chains as well as growth. Central banks in the US, UK and EU sustained their hawkish rhetoric around both a faster and more aggressive monetary policy tightening. The market started to fully price a +50bps hike from the FOMC May meeting with up to 270bps of tightening expected in 2022, surpassing that seen in the 1994 hiking cycle. The ECB kept rates unchanged, but affirmed an earlier end to QE bond buying, which led to markets starting to price the first rate rise as early as July. Macro data in April was generally positive, although the full effect of the protracted war in Ukraine has yet to impact many data points. Conversely, inflation remained elevated with US CPI at 40-year highs and the EU headline and core CPI being at their highest level ever. The French Presidential elections saw incumbent Macron win another term, so the initial sell-off in French assets was somewhat reversed. Despite all this background noise investment grade corporate fundamentals remain sound in the near term which, in our view, defies the aggressive sell-off in credit indices seen through April. iTraxx Main ended the month 23.6% wider and ~89%wider (47.8-90.2bps) YTD.
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– The Fund extended the maturity of tail hedges across a range of strikes
– The team continued to managed the long risk book to optimise the forward-looking return profile
Facts & Documents
Fund Domicile: Luxembourg
Fund Type: UCITS SICAV
Fund Launch: 13 April 2018
Base Currency: EUR
Depositary, Administrator, Transfert Agent: RBC Investor Services Bank S.A.
Dealing: Weekly with a 4-day notice
Cut-off time: 3 pm CET
Management Company: Alma Capital Investment Management
Investment Manager: Selwood Asset Management LLP
Countries where the fund is registered:
Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, United Kingdom
The information related to the integration of sustainability risks and to the potential adverse sustainability impacts at the sub-fund level can be found in the prospectus of the Fund.
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