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Weekly Update 19 September 2022

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Stocks endured their worst week since June last week after a US Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed inflation running at 8.3%, far above the central bank’s 2% target.
www.ft.com/content/7cbc2e96-44a2-4940-a46d-6c50348a4e02

A particularly disappointing fact about the report was that measures of trend inflation, which smooth out temporary effects, showed no signs of improvement. The Cleveland median CPI increased 0.7% month-on-month and 6.7% year-on-year,
www.clevelandfed.org/our-research/indicators-and-data/median-cpi.aspx

while the New York Fed’s Underlying Inflation Gauge shows trend inflation is running at 5-6%.
www.newyorkfed.org/research/policy/underlying-inflation-gauge

After the publication of the inflation report, interest rates increased. Some now predict that the Federal Reserve will have to increase rates by 100 basis points this week.
tradingeconomics.com/united-states/government-bond-yield
www.zerohedge.com/markets/nomura-first-bank-call-100bps-rate-hike-next-week

Because inflation has proved persistent, there is a chance interest rates will have to move much higher, to the 5-6% range.
www.linkedin.com/pulse/starts-inflation-ray-dalio

This leaves the stock market in a vulnerable position. Morgan Stanley notes that “When in June the real 10-year US Treasury interest rate approached 1%, prices were 5.3% lower and risks of global recession were lower, too.”
www.morganstanley.com/pub/content/dam/mscampaign/wealth-management/wmir-assets/gic-weekly.pdf

In addition, earnings estimates appear too high, while economic uncertainty remains elevated.
twitter.com/LanceRoberts/status/1571811534514393090
www.policyuncertainty.com/

Putting all the various problems the market faces together, we find stocks unattractive at current levels and thus hold the majority of the portfolio in cash. Cash is “one of the few assets where expected returns are going up,” and “we are ‘paid to wait’ for [a] better opportunity,” is the way Twitter’s MrBlonde puts it.
twitter.com/MrBlonde_macro/status/1569667146816290818
twitter.com/MrBlonde_macro/status/1569712132295360512

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Pietari Laurila is not a registered investment advisor and does not offer investment advisory, fund management or wealth management services.

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This page is provided for information purposes only. It is not a recommendation to copy the Triangula Capital strategy or to invest in any fund or security.

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.

Higher Risks for Higher Returns

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

The strategy invests in countries 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.

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.