Alma Systematic Alpha
Cumulative Performance (%)
Fund Inception 30 June 2010
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
Alma Platinum IV Systematic Alpha (the “Fund”) is an open-ended UCITS compliant fund with Winton Capital Management Ltd (“Winton”) acting as Portfolio Manager. The Investment Strategy is a systematic strategy based on the Winton Diversified Macro Strategy as adapted to comply with UCITS. The underlying investment philosophy is grounded in the belief that the scientific method can be profitably applied to the field of investing. The Investment Strategy is a computer-based trading system owned and operated by Winton which is designed to speculatively trade global exchange-traded futures, forwards and options markets on commodities (e.g. energies, base and precious metals and crops), equity indices, bonds, short-term interest rates and currencies. The Fund invests directly in (1) financial futures (including bonds, FX, equity, interest rates), FX forwards and other OTC derivatives (the “Direct Investments”), (2) transferable securities providing exposure to a basket of commodity futures (the “Commodity Basket”), and (3) sovereign bonds, cash or other cash equivalent securities for cash management purposes. Winton has been appointed as Portfolio Manager of the Fund and is responsible for managing the Direct Investments. Winton is also responsible for determining the composition of the Commodity Basket that is referenced by the transferable securities purchased by the Fund. State Street Global Advisors, as the Investment Manager of the Fund, is responsible for the allocation of cash to support the margin and settlement obligations in relation to the Direct Investments as well as the buying and selling of the transferable securities and for managing the surplus cash.
Winton is a global investment manager founded in 1997 specialising in systematic trading through scientific research and statistical analysis
techniques to develop proprietary trading systems (for the international asset markets.
Winton pursues a diversified trading strategy which does not necessarily rely on favourable conditions in any particular market or on general appreciation of asset values. The research focused company is led by scientist David Harding (with a 25 year track record) and a team of 86 researchers.
Founder , CEO & Co- CIO
David has been at the forefront of systematic investment management for 30 years. He has founded two successful investment management companies: the first, AHL, was sold to Man Group in 1994; he launched the second, Winton, in 1997. A graduate of Cambridge University, David received a first-class Honours degree in natural sciences, specialising in theoretical physics. He founded Winton on the continuing belief that there exist long-term rewards for scientific research into financial markets.
Jonathan is jointly responsible for Winton’s investment management activities and is a member of Winton’s Investment Board. Jonathan was previously Chief Risk Officer and before that Head of Investment Systems and Assistant Chief Investment Officer. He has led several key research projects and was integral to the development of Winton’s successful China business.
Jonathan joined Winton in 2004, as a software developer, moving into the Research division in 2006 after completing a Master’s degree in machine learning at University College London. He holds a BEng in information systems engineering from Imperial College.
Head of Research
Carsten is responsible for the management of Winton’s quantitative research division. He chairs Winton’s Research Management Board and is a member of Winton’s Investment Board.
Prior to assuming his current role, Carsten oversaw the management and development of Winton’s investment strategy, having previously led the firm’s research in Zurich. Carsten joined Winton in 2008 as a senior scientist, after earning a Diploma in physics with distinction from RWTH Aachen in Germany and a PhD with distinction in particle physics from the University of Zurich. For his PhD and postdoctoral position, Carsten worked at the DESY collider facility in Hamburg, analysing data from high-energy particle collisions.
Deputy Chief Investment Officer
Dan works closely with the Co-CIOs and leads the oversight and development of Winton’s quantitative long-short and long-only equity strategies. Since joining Winton in 2005, Dan has been central to Winton’s research into single-stock equities and is responsible for leading the development of many of the signals that form the basis of the firm’s equity systems. Prior to joining Winton, Dan was reading for a Doctorate in applied statistics at the University of Oxford, specialising in geological fault detection in digital elevation maps. Dan holds first-class degrees in applied statistics from the University of Oxford and mathematical statistics & operational research from the University of Exeter.
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.
Sector Breakdown as a % of AUM
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Investment Manager's Commentaryas of 28/08/2020
Market Review and Outlook
Global stock markets started the month on the front foot, with the MSCI World climbing to a record high, before falling back to end the month down 3.4%. While energy stocks fared particularly badly, alongside falling oil prices, all 11 MSCI World GICS sectors ended the month in negative territory. Fixed income markets generally gained, as an uptrend in metals and a downtrend in the US dollar reversed. Silver, which has more than doubled from its March lows, fell by almost a fifth and the US dollar strengthened against most major currencies. Agriculture markets were mixed, with hog prices soaring and falls in the coffee market.
Global equities fell over the course of October, alongside the reintroduction of lockdowns in Europe and the run up to the US election. Losses for energy, technology and healthcare stocks led the MSCI World to fall 3.1%, while European, Japanese and North American indices underperformed their Asian counterparts. There was a similar regional divergence in fixed income returns, as yields fell on European government bonds and rose in the US and Japan. A downtrend in the US dollar resumed as it weakened against most currencies, particularly emerging markets. In commodities, gains for base metals, natural gas and grains were accompanied by falling oil, precious metal and cocoa prices.
The fund’s small positive return was driven by energies. Short positions in crude oil – across both the WTI and Brent contracts – were the largest individual contributors, as prices fell back below $40 a barrel for the first time since May. Positioning in oil products and European power markets also made money, offsetting losses in natural gas. Notable contributors outside of energies included soybeans, Euribor futures and the Mexican peso. Metals were slightly negative due largely to a long gold position, while long S&P 500 and Australian dollar positions weighed on returns in stock indices and currencies.
Facts & Documents
Fund Domicile: Luxembourg
Fund Type: UCITS SICAV
Fund Launch: 30 June 2010
Base Currency: USD
Depositary, Administrator, Transfert Agent: RBC Investor Services Bank S.A.
Dealing: Each day with a 1-day notice
Cut-off time: 3 pm CET
Management Company: Alma Capital Investment Management
Investment Manager: Winton Capital Management Ltd
Countries where the fund is registered:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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