Monthly Review - January 2024

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January 31, 2024

Our Perspective

Whilst the US equity market continues to make new highs, other markets around the world look like they might be running out of steam. What’s more, US equities are up almost 40%, as measured by the S&P 500, since it bottomed out in October 2022. Since then, the biggest headwind in our portfolios has been our basket of trend following managed futures strategies.

This month we ask ourselves, why allocate to them at all?

The answer is quite simple: diversification.

Important to note however, not just diversification for the sake of diversification. We are big believers that unthoughtful diversification only destroys returns. What we want to diversify away is risk. Specifically, drawdown risk.

The below graphs show the four largest drawdowns of the MSCI AC World Index over the last 30 years. We also plot the returns of the SG Trend Index, a basket of the largest trend following managed futures strategies globally. The benefits are quite clear.

Add to this our ability to re-allocate capital at points when dislocation gets too extreme, and one not only diversifies away risk, but one could add significant alpha along the way. We are well aware that we will not ‘time the market’, but that is not our objective. Our objective is to deliver market beating returns in a simple way, whilst focusing on preserving purchasing power and avoid significant drawdowns.

That is in short, the beauty of trend following managed futures. Also, with the US regional banking system in a state and corporate profits set to disappoint, an allocation to trend following strategies is worth considering in our view. We discussed some of the intricacies on trend following with Richard Liddle, CEO of Bowmoor Capital, during our latest podcast. Worth a listen!

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