Post the global financial crisis, mass quantitative easing and central bank policy has suppressed interest rates and unemployment across the globe. On the back of this, investors have moved up the risk spectrum in the hunt for yields and returns. Consequently portfolios have become weighted towards equities even when valuations are perceived to be at elevated levels. As a result, counting on the performance of the market as a whole to deliver strong returns in the long term does not look reliable. Also, should equities unravel or not deliver on already all-time high earnings expectations, investors could find themselves over-exposed.
Our market neutral multi-strategy approach delivers returns that are not dependant on the direction of bond or equity markets and can help investors navigate through a range of market environments. By participating on the upside and protecting on the downside it can help improve investor’s risk-adjusted returns.
Bonds provide less equity diversification than in the past. Certain hedge fund strategies can act to fill this gap.
Capex levels have slumped in recent years, which has led to supply-side problems from steel to semiconductors and even a shortage of bicycles as well as HGV drivers.
A market neutral, multi-strategy product that that aims to deliver long-term capital growth and serve as a reliable diversifier that can help you navigate all market conditions.
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ABS and MBS risk: Mortgage or asset-backed securities may not receive in full the amounts owed to them by underlying borrowers.
Catastrophe risk: A Cat bond may lose much or all of its value if a catastrophe that it covers occurs, which may result in losses to the fund.
Contingent convertible bonds: The fund may invest in contingent convertible bonds. If the financial strength of the issuer of a contingent convertible bond falls in a prescribed way, the value of the bond may fall significantly and, in the worst case, may result in losses to the fund.
Credit risk: A decline in the financial health of an issuer could cause the value of its bonds to fall or become worthless.
Currency risk: The fund may lose value as a result of movements in foreign exchange rates.
Default risk: If a bond held in the portfolio defaults, this may reduce interest payments and could result in the capital value of the fund at maturity being lower than the initial investment.
Derivatives risk – Efficient Portfolio Management and Investment Purposes: Derivatives may be used to manage the portfolio efficiently. A derivative may not perform as expected, may create losses greater than the cost of the derivative and may result in losses to the fund. The fund may also materially invest in derivatives including using short selling and leverage techniques with the aim of making a return. When the value of an asset changes, the value of a derivative based on that asset may change to a much greater extent. This may result in greater losses than investing in the underlying asset.
Emerging markets & frontier risk: Emerging markets, and especially frontier markets, generally carry greater political, legal, counterparty, operational and liquidity risk than developed markets.
Event risk: The fund will take significant positions on companies involved in mergers, acquisitions, reorganisations and other corporate events. These may not turn out as expected and may result in significant losses to the fund.
High yield bond risk: High yield bonds (normally lower rated or unrated) generally carry greater market, credit and liquidity risk.
IBOR Risk : The transition of the financial markets away from the use of interbank offered rates (IBORs) to alternative reference rates may impact the valuation of certain holdings and disrupt liquidity in certain instruments. This may impact the investment performance of the fund.
Interest rate risk: The fund may lose value as a direct result of interest rate changes .
Liquidity risk: In difficult market conditions, the fund may not be able to sell a security for full value or at all. This could affect performance and could cause the fund to defer or suspend redemptions of its shares.
Multi-Manager risk: The fund allocates capital to multiple strategies managed by separate portfolio managers who will not coordinate investment decisions, which may result in either concentrated or offsetting risk
Operational risk: Failures at service providers could lead to disruptions of fund operations or losses
Performance risk: Investment objectives express an intended result but there is no guarantee that such a result will be achieved. Depending on market conditions and the macro economic environment, investment objectives may become more difficult to achieve.
Smaller companies risk: Smaller companies generally carry greater liquidity risk than larger companies, and they may also fluctuate in value to a greater extent.
Stock Connect risk: The fund may be investing in China "A" shares via the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect which may involve clearing and settlement, regulatory, operational and counterparty risks.
Sustainability risk: The fund has environmental and/or social characteristics. This means it may have limited exposure to some companies, industries or sectors and may forego certain investment opportunities, or dispose of certain holdings, that do not align with its sustainability criteria. Therefore, the fund may underperform other funds that do not apply similar criteria. The fund may invest in companies that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor.
Counterparty risk: The fund may have contractual agreements with counterparties. If a counterparty is unable to fulfil their obligations, the sum that they owe to the fund may be lost in part or in whole.
Issuer risk: The fund is permitted to invest more than 35% of its scheme property in transferable securities and money market instruments issued or guaranteed by an EEA State / governments of the following country: United States of America.
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