Alma Selwood Market Neutral Credit
Alma Selwood Market Neutral Credit is an investment grade credit long short fund.
The fund’s management is delegated to Selwood AM LLP.
Cumulative Performance (%)
Fund Inception 23 March 2016
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 Strategy 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.
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.
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 31/10/2023
Market Review and Outlook
Risk assets had another volatile month in Oct. iTraxx Main traded in a 12bps range, rising above 90bps for the first time since May and closing ~6bps wider on the month. Sovereign bonds were also volatile as UST and Bund 10Y yields briefly exceeded 5% and 3%, respectively. One of the main headline risks was the conflict in the Middle East, albeit the extent on any price weakness was quite short lived given the minimal direct corporate exposure to the affected region. Central bank rhetoric and actions were largely dovish. The ECB held rates (as expected) with language suggesting an extended period of policy pause. Macro data on the other hand was largely stronger than expected, although there was a clear disconnect between the US and EU. US CPI/PPI, retail sales and 3Q GDP all beat expectations. The weekly initial jobless claims came in lower than estimates through Oct with the mid-month 198k number being the first sub-200k print since Jan. The Uni of Michigan survey was weaker than expected, but the 1Y and 5-10Y inflation expectations did rise mom. Global PMIs highlighted the divergence as US data were all above the key 50-level, so expansionary, while the EU prints remained firmly sub-50 (contractionary) and were weaker than both cons. and mom. We did see more idiosyncratic headlines during calendar 3Q earnings. There were more misses to cons. in Europe as well as a number of profit warnings. In the worst such instance, Alstom’s equity (French rolling stock manufacturer) tumbled over 40% and remains near these lows. Alstom CDS widened in sympathy, but the move was less so at the short end in recognition of the solid liquidity availability in the business.
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– Dynamically managed long and short credit risk exposures using index and Credit options
Facts & Documents
Fund Domicile: Luxembourg
Fund Type: UCITS SICAV
Fund Launch: 23 March 2016
Base Currency: EUR
Depositary, Administrator, Transfert Agent: CACEIS 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:
Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Sweden
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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