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Commentaire sur l'alpha absolu : Au 30 septembre 2021*

Source : Neil Simons
Date de publication : oct. 15, 2021
Temps de lecture : 4 minutes
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In Q3 2021, the Picton Mahoney Absolute Alpha Fund (“the Fund”) was successful in providing positive returns independent of markets. Our analysis indicated daily portfolio returns contained no statistically significant beta exposures to any of the PMAM asset classes, indicating the Fund is fulfilling the objective of providing market neutral returns.
 
The largest contributor to positive performance in Q3 was the Market Neutral strategy. The Fund outperformed each of the three core underlying strategies in Q3. The reasons for this outperformance were: ongoing diversification benefits across the three core strategies and positive returns from the additive elements of Factor Risk Premia and our internal tail risk hedging strategy. The internal tail risk strategy provided positive contributions to portfolio returns on many of the equity market sell-off days in September.
 
Portfolio risk as measured in terms of standard deviation of daily returns continues to be at the lower end of our expected range. We continue to see diversification across the core strategies which suppressed portfolio level volatility. In addition, we have observed a compression of individual strategy volatility.
 
On the surface, the macro environment is less important to the management of the Fund, however, we do make use of our macro-economic framework to guide both risk management and return seeking behavior at the portfolio level as well as within the underlying strategies.
 
Q3 was bifurcated with the upward movement in global equity markets in July and August followed by a reversal through September. The confluence of a cautious outlook of active investors, poor seasonality, uncertainty over US Federal Reserve tapering and US political noise related to the looming US debt ceiling and infrastructure packages was too much of a worry for the equity markets. As mentioned above, due to the Market Neutral strategy of the Fund and the systemic risk hedges in place, these events had little impact on performance.

Given the uncertain outlook, diversification will continue to be the most prudent approach and a tool we will utilize in our portfolio management process.

Overall, we are pleased with the behavior of the Fund and the characteristics of sourcing returns from non-directional, uncorrelated strategies. The Fund has an important context vis-à-vis portfolio construction imperatives such as risk diversification, lower correlation and quality of returns.
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