And When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Long/Short Fund’s Correlation to the S&P?
January 30, 2018
Diversification. That’s the expected benefit of adding an equity alternative fund to a portfolio. The test of any alternative mutual fund must be: Is it sufficiently non-correlated to reduce the risk of a traditional stock and bond portfolio?
Financial advisors, there’s no time like now to be thinking about the overall correlation of allocations within clients’ portfolios. Risk assets have had an extended, strong run and a pullback could be imminent. At the same time, it makes sense to confirm that what you think are less correlated assets are in fact less correlated.
A November 2017 Steben & Company whitepaper raised the question about the effect of a net long bias in the equity and credit exposures of many hedge funds.
“Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, the correlation [between the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index and the S&P 500 Index] ranged between 0.4 and 0.8. But in the post-crisis bull market the correlation has floated at a higher level of 0.8 to 0.9,” Steben wrote.
Here’s what the HFRI Equity Hedge Index looks like, including as correlated to the MSCI World Index and S&P 500 Index.
A look at the correlations between the S&P 500 and the Morningstar Long/Short Equity Funds category shows a similar trend since 2010—high correlations between the alts group and the broad market index.
Financial advisors tell us that what they like about Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund (CPLIX) is that it’s being managed as they’d expect. As of December 31, 2017, since the fund's inception, CPLIX’s correlation to the S&P 500 was 0.6. Compare that to its peer group’s 0.9 correlation to the S&P 500.
This illustration of CPLIX’s variable correlations with the broad equity market over time demonstrates active management at work and hints at the contribution the fund can make in an investment portfolio. (For background, see an older post: Using ETFs to Manage Long and Short Exposure.)
CPLIX has been able to provide equity-like performance with significantly lower correlations to equity markets relative to its peers, diversifying the equity exposure in a portfolio.
Financial advisors, for more information about CPLIX and how it could help you manage your clients' risk exposure, talk to a Calamos Investment Consultant at 888-571-2567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before investing carefully consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Please see the prospectus and summary prospectus containing this and other information which can be obtained by calling 1-800-582-6959. Read it carefully before investing.
Data as of 12/31/17
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The principal risks of investing in the Calamos Phineus Long/Short Fund include: equity securities risk consisting of market prices declining in general, short sale risk consisting of potential for unlimited losses, foreign securities risk, currency risk, geographic concentration risk, other investment companies (including ETFs) risk, derivatives risk, options risk, and leverage risk.
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The S&P 500 Index is a market weighted index and is widely regarded as the standard for measuring U.S. stock market performance.
The MSCI World Index is a market capitalization weighted index composed of companies representative of the market structure of developed market countries in North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific region.
The HFRI Equity Hedge Index consists of funds where portfolio managers maintain long and short positions in primarily equity and derivative securities.
Morningstar U.S. Funds Long/Short Category: Long-short portfolios hold sizable stakes in both long and short positions in equities and related derivatives. Some funds that fall into this category will shift their exposure to long and short positions depending on their macro outlook or the opportunities they uncover through bottom-up research. Some funds may simply hedge long stock positions through exchange-traded funds or derivatives. At least 75% of the assets are in equity securities or derivatives.
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