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Weekly Update 22 August 2022

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Stocks fell 1% last week as the rally that had started two months ago showed signs of exhaustion.

The market is currently facing a number of headwinds:

1. Extended technicals. The market is the most overbought since just after Covid, according to some measures.

2. Improved sentiment. When investors are optimistic, it tends to be bad for stocks.

3. Higher interest rates. Mary Daly, a Fed member, “doesn’t see the Fed easing interest rate hikes anytime soon”.

4. A slowing economy. The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index has fallen over the past 6 months, which has frequently preceded recessions in the past.

In these circumstances, cash may be a decent investment, argues Morgan Stanley.

While “USD cash underperformed both the S&P 500 and the US 10-year every year from 2010 to 2020 except two,” notes MS, it offers a high current yield, liquidity and “a better 12-month total return than our strategy forecasts imply for US equities ($SPX500), US Treasuries ($TLT) and either US IG or HY credit ($LQD $HYG),” with considerably less volatility.

We tend to agree. US short-term interest rates are at their highest level since 2007, and in our view, for the first time in 15 years, cash is a reasonable investment. Thus, we hold a large position in $JPST .

In the longer run, cash will be beaten by other, riskier investments.

However, in our view, the time to move up the risk scale will come in 2023 when the economy bottoms.

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2009-2020 performance figures are from Pietari’s personal Interactive Brokers account. They are time-weighted returns calculated in accordance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS).

From 2021, performance is calculated by eToro.

Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Track Record

It is often said that past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

That is true. But there is also some evidence indicating that portfolios that performed better in the past, do perform better in the future.

“[…] top-decile prior-alpha funds produce annual future alphas of about 150 bps, net of fees” Source

Risk warning: That is only one study. In general, past performance is not indicative of future results.

Aligned Incentives

Pietari invests the majority of his net worth in the strategy. This ensures that his interests are aligned with investors who copy the strategy.

“Funds with high-incentive contracts deliver higher risk-adjusted return, and the superior performance remains persistent. The top incentive quintile of funds outperforms the bottom quintile by 2.70% per year” Source

Risk warning: Pietari holds accounts with multiple brokers and may therefore have a conflict of interest when deciding which accounts he should trade in first.

Unconstrained Investments

The strategy has fewer constraints on its investments than traditional mutual funds.

The strategy portfolio can be invested in stocks, bonds or cash and these allocations can vary over time.

Compared to traditional mutual funds, the strategy also:

  • holds fewer securities
  • trades more
  • avoids following the index

Each of these points has been shown to be an important predictor of portfolio performance.

“We […] find that portfolio concentration is directly related to risk-adjusted returns for institutional investors worldwide” Source

“A one-standard-deviation increase in turnover is associated with a 0.65% per year increase in performance for the typical fund” Source

“We find that truly active funds significantly outperform closet indexers. Further, we find that the truly active funds are able to outperform their benchmarks on average by 1.04% per year” Source

Risk warning: Concentrated portfolios with few positions can suffer large losses if bad news arrives about any of the companies in the portfolio.

Cheap Stocks in Cheap Sectors

The strategy invests in geographies and sectors where values have collapsed due to macroeconomic problems.

Within these geographies and sectors, the strategy overweights stocks that trade at low valuations on measures such as price-to-earnings or price-to-net asset value.

Every stock in the strategy portfolio must also be a good company, with no obvious red flags or long-term threats to its business model.

The aim of the strategy is to maximize returns, even if this means taking more risks than usual.

Risk warning: The strategy portfolio tends to be concentrated in risky stocks, which means that its losses in any market downturn will likely exceed those of the market index.