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1 Sep 2014

QLAB UPDATE AUGUST 2014


 

ABSOLUTE RETURN COMMENTS
  • The multi-asset absolute return strategies hit all-time highs at the end of August driven not just by strong performance in US Equities but also in Coffee, Nickel and Zinc
  • US Treasury bonds also contributed positively during August whilst the currency positions contributed negatively as the USD rallied
  • Performance YTD and over 1 year remains strong, and investable solutions provided by our product partners have performed in line with expectations
  • It’s interesting to note the rotation into commodities, especially the metals, first into Coffee in April, then Nickel in May, Zinc in July, Copper in August and, from September, Aluminium will also come in providing diversification to equities as well as further return potential
  • The continuing upward momentum in US Equities relative to US Treasuries mean the equity allocation remains unchanged for the coming month; US Treasury bonds and FX positions also remain similar keeping the portfolio well diversified
  • The continuing low volatility and lack of drawdown mean the dynamic leveraged strategy Dynamic Allocation remains with maximum exposure of 300%.

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