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Overview

Alma Selwood Market Neutral Credit is an investment grade credit long short fund.
The fund’s management is delegated to Selwood AM LLP.

Share Class

NAV

Cumulative Performance (%)

Fund Inception 23 March 2016

Daily Monthly Ytd 1Yr 3Yr 5Yr Incept. Incept.Date

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

Fund Strategy

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.


Investment Manager

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.


Key Persons

Sofiane Gharred
CIO
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

Performance

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.

Investment Manager's Commentary

as of 30/04/2024

Market Review and Outlook

Stronger than anticipated inflation indications saw a risk-off move in April. Central bank monetary loosening expectations were also pushed back, which weighed on sovereign bond yields in particular. Idiosyncratic headlines ensured the theme of IG/HY spread decompression continued as refinancing options increasingly focused on the layering of existing debt. US CPI beat cons. for the third consecutive month, while the University of Michigan 1Y and 5-10Y inflation expectations also came in higher and the core PCE Price Index was much hotter than cons. and prior (3.7% vs. 3.4% and 2.0%, respectively). Allied with a still strong jobs backdrop, Fed rate cut expectations were both pushed back and reduced in scale throughout Apr. The first full cut (-25bps) is now only priced in Dec while the magnitude of cuts in 2024 fell below 30bps compared to ~160bps in early Jan. UST yields widened significantly with 2Y up 41.5bps and 10Y rising 48bps. UK CPI was down mom, but came in above expectations as services inflation remained sticky. BoE rate cut expectations duly declined and were pushed out. The ECB met and held rates as expected, although the accompanying rhetoric was largely deemed dovish. Flash PMIs for the bloc were higher than expected (composite was 51.4 vs. cons. 50.7), but manufacturing remained weak, falling mom to 45.6 (cons. 46.5). As a result, Europe is still expected to cut rates first, albeit that this may be in Jul as opposed to Jun. Geopolitical headlines remained focused on the Middle East with Israel/Iran tensions elevated on tit-for-tat missile strikes, although feared escalations were not forthcoming.

Fund

Effect Gross Performance Strategy Estimates
Credit 0.03%
Carry(12) 0.47%
Other -0.01%
Total 0.48%

 

 


Facts & Documents

Facts

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

Sustainability-related disclosures:
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.

Identifiers:

I1C-E
ISIN: LU1769346898   Ticker: DPSI1CE LX    Launch: 13 Apr 2018

I1C-G
ISIN: LU1769346625   Ticker: DBSILCG LX    Launch: 6 Feb 2019

I1C-U
ISIN: LU1769346971   Ticker: DPSI1CU LX    Launch: 13 Apr 2018

I2C-E
ISIN: LU1769347276   Ticker: DBSI2CE LX    Launch: 13 Apr 2018

R1C-E
ISIN: LU1769346039   Ticker: DBSR1CE LX    Launch: 13 Apr 2018

R1C-U
ISIN: LU1769346112   Ticker: DBSR1CU LX    Launch: 13 Apr 2018

I2C-U
ISIN: LU1769347359   Ticker: DBSI2CU LX    Launch: 31 Jan 2020

I2C-G
ISIN: LU1769347193   Ticker: DPSI2CG LX    Launch: 31 Aug 2022

Documents

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