Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors


Long/Short Equity

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Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors


Long/Short Equity
Hedge Fund Strategy
The long/short equity stra...
Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors

What are

Equity Funds?
Long/short equity managers are active in eq...
Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors

Drivers of Returns
The returns of long/short equity managers are determined by...
Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors

The Advantages of

Long/Short Equity Funds
Better Risk-adjusted Returns than T...
Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors


Long/short equity managers are recognized for being one of the more...
Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors

This Document is for informational purposes only and is n...
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Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund Strategy Paper

  1. 1. Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors H E D G E F U N D S T R AT E G I E S Long/Short Equity Q1 / 2014 www.crystalfunds.com Page 1
  2. 2. Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors Introduction Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund Strategy The long/short equity strategy is one of the more nimble hedge The long/short equity fund manager buys long positions in stocks fund strategies whereby managers seek opportunities across they believe will increase in value (“the long book”) and shorts global equity markets with the objective of outperforming tradi- positions which they feel will decrease or offer a suitable hedge tional markets over a given cycle. against certain market or sector risk (“the short book”). The concept behind the long/short equity strategy is simple: The combined portfolio creates enhanced opportunities for idio- investment research uncovers expected winners and losers syncratic (i.e. stock-specific) gains and reduces market risk as and the hedge fund enhances its potential return capabilities by the short holdings offset the long market exposure. taking a position in both. In all, long/short equity managers largely target equity-like re- Accordingly, one of the major advantages of the long/short eq- turns without the high volatility typically associated with long-only uity strategy is that the managers have the flexibility to express strategies in order to provide a higher compounded rate of return their views in opposite directions. over time. Q1 / 2014 www.crystalfunds.com Page 2
  3. 3. Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors What are Long/Short Equity Funds? Long/short equity managers are active in equity and equity Nonetheless, the objective of the fundamental long/short derivative securities in which they maintain both long and short manager is to uncover opportunities through deep bottoms- positions in order to generate returns. The managers aim to de- up analysis where they aim to identify the intrinsic value of a liver returns in excess of the broad equity markets while seeking company. to assume less risk in the process. The fundamental investment approach to long/short equity can Unlike traditional long-only equity managers, those that pursue also be exercised through a single portfolio manager approach the long/short equity strategy have the ability to use their “short where there is a sole risk-taker responsible for initiating and siz- book” to express a negative view on a stock or as a means to ing positions or within the context of a multi-manager, multi-strat- hedge market risk in periods of heightened volatility. egy structure, which has the potential to offer a more diversified As a result, long/short equity funds are generally able to sidestep return stream. large drawdowns and compound returns in a more attractive Alternatively, managers who utilize a quantitative approach to fashion than what is available in the long-only equity world. uncovering value in the long/short equity space tend to be broad- The universe of long/short equity hedge funds is quite broad with managers in the space implementing the strategy through er in nature and seek opportunities across all and any sector through the use of both fundamental and technical factors. a fundamental investment approach or by utilizing quantitative Finally, managers within the long/short equity strategy can fur- methods to arrive at investment decisions. ther distinguish themselves through the levels of gross and net In general, managers who employ a fundamental research approach can be specialists in certain sectors (e.g., technology, healthcare, financials, etc.) or sector agnostic and pursue a exposure that they are willing to assume, the average duration of their investment holding period, and the market capitalizations of targeted companies. more diversified approach. Q1 / 2014 www.crystalfunds.com Page 3
  4. 4. Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors Drivers of Returns The returns of long/short equity managers are determined by source of alpha would seek out individual names deemed to be the skill of the manager and their ability to successfully navigate overvalued in the sector and subsequently implement a short the market. By and large, long/short equity managers rely on position with the goal of producing a return that outperforms the their stock picking expertise and hedging ability to generate index and, thereby, enhances the manager’s spread. returns. Consequently, the ability to extract alpha on the short side re- Success within the space generally hinges on the ability to cor- quires a particular skillset and is the hallmark of a leading long/ rectly predict companies that will outperform the market while short equity manager. also discerning the underperformers and shorting them. While an overriding factor, stock selection is not the sole driver The difference between the returns of the long and short hold- of long-term returns for long/short equity managers. Managers ings is referred to as a “spread” and managers who are able to pursuing the long/short equity strategy have the ability to aug- maximize a positive spread offer a more attractive return profile. ment returns by actively managing the levels of gross and net The ability of long/short equity managers to deliver a positive exposure in the portfolio. spread is largely related to how they utilize their short portfo- Gross exposure is defined as the long portfolio plus the absolute lio. A long/short equity manager who mostly employs market value of the short portfolio whereas net exposure equals the dif- hedges in their short portfolio is not taking full advantage of the ference between the long portfolio and the short portfolio. opportunity to extract double alpha. A long/short equity manager who has the foresight to reduce For instance, at the most basic level, a manager that estab- exposure levels before a market correction is able to protect lishes a short position in an ETF related to U.S. regional banks investor capital and offer an attractive means to long term cap- to hedge a long holding in the sector is largely focused on at- ital appreciation. Conversely, managers who seek to expose tempting to reduce sector risks in the name in order to isolate themselves to more market directionality would increase their company specific factors as a source of return. Alternatively, a exposures. long/short equity manager who views their short portfolio as a Q1 / 2014 www.crystalfunds.com Page 4
  5. 5. Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors The Advantages of Long/Short Equity Funds Better Risk-adjusted Returns than Traditional Equity Portfolios Over the past 10 years, long/short equity strategy hedge funds have been able to outperform the S&P 500 with significantly less volatility. As illustrated in the chart below, the CS Equity Long/Short HF Index delivered over 100 basis points of outperformance with a standard deviation of 7.84% versus 14.50% for the S&P 500. This translates into a Sharpe Ratio of 0.78 for the CS Long/Short Equity HF Index compared to 0.41 for the S&P 500. Annualized ROR 7.67% Std. Deviation 7.84% Cumulative Value 222.62 199.66 66.92% -21.97% 14.50% 6.59% % Months Positive Max Drawdown 63.85% -52.56% Sharpe Ratio Correl to S&P 500 Sortino 0.37 0.78 0.81 0.41 Credit Suisse Long/Short Equity HF Index 0.12 NA Jan. 2003 – Oct. 2013 S&P 500 Index Potential downside protection in major downturns It is important to note that long/short equity managers generally run with a low-to-moderate amount of net exposure to equity markets. As a CS Equity Long/Short Performance Index Differential Period S&P 500 Q4-2008 -22.55% -7.47% 15.08% periods when equity markets faced significant headwinds, the strategy Q3-2002 -17.63% -2.43% 15.20% has been able to offer considerable downside protection. Q3-2001 -14.98% -1.84% 13.14% Q3-2011 -14.33% -9.80% 4.53% Long/Short HF Index has historically outperformed the S&P 500 by an Q2-2002 -13.74% 0.14% 13.87% average of 9.54% during the 10 worst quarters for the equity markets Q1-2001 -12.12% -4.87% 7.25% as long/short equity funds returned on average -4.37% versus -13.91% Q2-2010 -11.86% -5.84% 6.02% result of operating a hedged portfolio, long/short equity managers typically have not fully participated in runaway bull markets. However, in For instance, as demonstrated in the table to the right, the CS Equity for the S&P 500. Q1-2009 -11.67% 0.32% 11.99% This ability to offer protection during equity market downturns has Q3-1998 -10.30% -7.80% 2.50% resulted in more attractive risk-adjusted returns and a superior cumula- Q1-2008 -9.93% -4.09% 5.84% Average -13.91% -4.37% 9.54% tive growth for the strategy. Q1 / 2014 www.crystalfunds.com Page 5
  6. 6. Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors Liquidity Long/short equity managers are recognized for being one of the more liquid hedge fund strategies as they predominantly operate in deep and liquid trading markets. This liquidity generally allows long/short equity managers the ability to quickly adjust exposure levels in order to exploit opportunities or swiftly de-risk the portfolio to sidestep market volatility. Conclusion Long/short equity managers have been able to use their flexibility to deliver returns that exceed those available in long-only equity markets and with significantly less volatility. long-only managers which typically follow the turbulent path of the overall markets. These long/short hedge funds use their ability to express a negative view on a particular stock, sector or market— along with timely shifts to portfolio exposure levels—to offer The performance of long/short equity funds is driven by manag- enhanced downside protection and the ability to compound er skill and the ability to navigate equity markets as compared to returns in a more attractive fashion. Using CrystalTools© to Evaluate L/S Equity Funds Advisors should consider using CrystalTools© before investing in any strategy or in any individual fund. CrystalAnalyticsTM – to obtain a better CrystalResearchTM – to gain a better qual- CrystalPortfoliosTM – to run a simulation quantitative understanding of the fund’s itative assessment of the manager. Learn of pro-forma returns to better understand historical characteristics and individual about their trading strategy, review their li- the historical performance of a portfolio as return profile: quidity and provide an overall assessment well as the effect of adding and removing of the institutionality of a manager. funds. Below are a few examples of some of the analytics that CrystalTools© offers. Monthly Returns - can be used to review the fund’s annualized net returns, risk adjusted returns and individual performance during particular months. For example, advisors can review performance during the worst periods for equity markets and hedge funds, as described above. Returns Histogram – reviewing the returns histogram will provide the advisor with a better visual understanding of the consistency of the fund’s returns. Drawdowns – allows the advisor to review the fund’s largest drawdown periods on a twelve month and thirty six month basis. Q1 / 2014 www.crystalfunds.com Page 6
  7. 7. Hedge Fund Portfolio Soutions for Advisors IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE This Document is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy an interest in any of the Funds managed or advised by Crystal Capital Partners, LLC (“Crystal”). This document contains only summary information about the Funds and is qualified in its entirety by, and should be read in conjunction with, the more detailed information contained in the Offering Memorandum for each Fund. The interests in the Fund have not been registered with the SEC under the Securities Act, or under the securities laws of any state of the United States or under the securities laws of any other jurisdiction, and the Funds have not been registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and are being offered and sold in reliance on exemptions from the registration requirements of such laws. 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