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Weekly Update 18 September 2023

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Last week it was in the news that out of 10,300 public investment funds in the US, there are more than 5,900 where the portfolio manager owns no shares in the fund they manage.

In other words, 60% of managers have no direct stake in the performance of their funds.

This is clearly not ideal. It may be part of the reason why 90% of all funds underperform their indices over 10-15 year time periods.

Not surprisingly, research has found that when managers are incentivised by performance, results improve.

On eToro, the good news is that every Popular Investor has a stake in their portfolios, as they are investing their own money.

The majority of my net worth, and practically all of my liquid net worth, is invested in my strategy. That’s because I believe in the strategy and because the track record of the strategy supports that belief.

Many sophisticated investors invest in index funds because of their low fees. These investors sleep well knowing that they will, over time, outperform 90% of active funds.

Those of us who want to be in the outperforming 10%, though, can be nimble and take advantage of changes in expected returns across geographies, investing styles and asset classes.

I believe index investing, while a good option for many, is not necessarily the best option for investors in 2023. There are significant differences in the prices of different investing styles at the moment (in particular, between Growth and Value stocks) that investors can take advantage of. A good strategy taking advantage of such dislocations should improve the chances of outperforming the index to above 50%.

2023 performance YTD
@triangulacapital +21.5%
$SWDA.L +15.3%

Portfolio changes
Eni and Societe Generale were sold, Intesa Sanpaolo and Caixabank bought.

Copy Trading does not amount to investment advice. The value of your investments may go up or down. Your capital is at risk.

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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.

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.