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Weekly Update 21 August 2023

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Stocks have declined 5% in August. The main reason is interest rates. The US 10-year rate has increased from 4.0% to 4.3%, setting a new post-financial crisis high.
tradingeconomics.com/united-states/government-bond-yield

The 10-year yield may increase to 4.75% from here.
markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/larry-summers-predicts-10-year-yields-will-hit-4-75-or-higher-in-next-decade-as-economy-shifts-to-new-era-1032561075

These increased yields have made investing in bonds more attractive. Investors can now earn 2% a year after inflation, risk free, by investing in US government inflation-protected securities (TIPS, $TIP).
fred.stlouisfed.org/series/DFII10

For risk-averse investors, this is a good return and it beats the expected return from large-cap US stocks.
interactive.researchaffiliates.com/asset-allocation

If an investor seeks returns above 2% after inflation, then the best bet, according to Research Affiliates (see the link above), is non-US stocks. Developed market stocks outside the US are expected to return 6-7% a year after inflation, emerging markets stocks 8%.

Our portfolio, which is mostly invested in non-US stocks, should be able to return 10%+ a year in nominal terms over the coming decade, we believe.

Investors are currently spoilt for choice. After increases in interest rates, bonds have become a decent choice for risk-averse investors, while non-US stock markets offer higher returns for those willing to take on more risk. The only losers of this decade, we believe, will be those clinging onto expensive Technology shares.

2023 performance YTD
@triangulacapital +14.7%
$SWDA.L +12.7%

Portfolio changes
Volkswagen was sold, Shell bought.

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

Triangula Capital is a brand name, not an incorporated entity.

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.