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A. Stotz All Weather Alpha Focus – December 2021

All Weather Alpha Focus outperformed a 60/40 portfolio in December 2021. Fed and ECB are going to do what they can to prop up markets. The economic recovery is going to continue in 2022, which makes equities attractive. Risks: New lockdowns, crash in the Indian stock market, US default.

A. Stotz All Weather Alpha Focus is Global, Opportunistic, Long-term, and Defensive:

  • Global – Invests globally, not only Thailand
  • Opportunistic – Tilts towards asset classes, sectors, regions, and themes in a quest to enhance returns and manage risks
  • Long-term – Gains from long-term equity return
  • Defensive – Aims to reduce extreme losses during equity market downturns

All Weather Alpha Focus is available in Thailand through FINNOMENA, and you can learn more here. Please note that this post is not investment advice and should not be seen as recommendations. Also, remember that backtested or past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Review

Santa Claus came to town

  • Despite new fears of Omicron in the news, we got a Santa Claus rally, and World equity was up by almost 4% in December 2021

European small caps outperformed

  • European small caps performed the second-best among the funds All Weather Alpha Focus was invested in
  • Amidst uncertainty and fear of new lockdowns returning to the markets, European stocks were up
  • Strong European return thanks to Omicron potentially being a mild variant, and approved big 2022 Gov’t budgets in Spain and Italy

Infrastructure kept up with world equity

  • World infrastructure returned slightly more than World equity
  • The World infrastructure fund has more than 30% allocated to energy-related infrastructure, and the Energy sector recovered in December
  • Expected rise in infrastructure spending in for example the US helped too

World healthcare performed strongly

  • World healthcare was the best performer among the funds All Weather Alpha Focus was invested in
  • The overall sector doesn’t necessarily benefit from the Coronavirus as costs related to restrictions are high, but it helped the sector in December

India was below world equity

  • Santa came to India too, and the market recovered in the last week of December
  • While foreign outflows continued, the market got support from strong domestic institutional buying
  • India closed up in December but underperformed World equity

The money market remained flat

  • The Thai money market was flat in December
  • The purpose of our money market allocation is downside protection
  • Other asset classes were up in the past month; hence, a small allocation to bonds was good for the strategy’s performance

Energy rebound drove commodities

  • Oil price recovered in December as supply was expected to tighten
  • Also, markets were reacting positively to the news on Omicron being a mild variant
  • WTI oil closed December at $75/bbl

Gold closed slightly up in December

  • Gold reacted to inflation expectations and rate hike by Bank of England and expected earlier hikes by the Fed, which led to relatively high price volatility
  • While the price was volatile, it rose in the second half of December as the US Dollar weakened
  • Gold closed December at US$1,829/oz t

Alpha Focus recovered by the end of December

Past performance should not be taken as an indication or guarantee of future performance, and no representation or warranty, expressed or implied is made regarding future performance.

  • Two months is a short period to evaluate any performance
  • As Omicron news hit the market, our strategy got hit hard
  • The strategy reduced the gap to 60/40 by the end of December

Alpha Focus beat the 60/40 by 1.5%

  • Of our three tilts, European small caps and Commodities outperformed, and India underperformed relative to World equity

All Weather Alpha Focus is an exclusive strategy available in Thailand through FINNOMENA, learn more here


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