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Time to Look Under the Hood of your Alternatives

Posted by Toroso Investments on Oct 17, 2018 5:43:00 PM

In last week´s TETF index update, we discussed the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) hitting all-time highs and FAANG (Facebook, Amazon Apple, Netflix, and Alphabet – formerly Google) stocks continuing to soar. What a difference one week makes! We are halfway into October and volatility has returned. In a time like this, we like to step back and assess the landscape of the tools we have available as portfolio allocators. This week, we’ll focus on the alternative space as both stocks and bonds took a hit in last week’s volatility spike.

Before we do, let’s revisit broad performance of the asset classes covered last week to show how much has truly changed in a short period of time!

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Equities were down across the board in correlation with treasuries. The five FAANG stocks have lost 10.53% last week alone. For the purpose of this exercise, we excluded commodity, VIX, leveraged, allocation, and tactical  funds; in other words we analyzed those investments built on a more structural diversification approach.

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Complete Table of Alternative ETFs Studied with October Performance:

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Alternatives of Note:
Based not just on their October performance but more so on their construction, some of our favorite alternatives within this group are:

  • Market Neutral: AGFiQ US Market Neutral Anti-Beta BTAL
  • Long / Short with Options: Cambria Core Equity CCOR
    • At least 80% of the fund’s value will be invested in equities under normal market conditions, with the remainder in options where pricing provides favorable risk/reward models using call and put option spreads
  • Long / Short Equity: JPMorgan Long / Short JPLS
    • Long and short exposure to equity factors (value, quality, and momentum) with a dynamic market beta.

Many of these positions have been the unloved child of one’s portfolio, causing pain and reducing overall portfolio returns. The last two weeks were a reminder of why alternatives are necessary in your portfolio and why digging under the hood is more important than ever! Understanding these ETFs that go up when the markets go down is another great example of an innovation growth factor for the ETF ecosystem.

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