The strategy sells short term options (generally 10 days to expiry or less) on Fixed Income (FI) futures, in particular the US Treasury Bond Futures. Positions may consist of a combination of puts and calls. Risk is closely controlled using Delta Hedging Analysis to arrive at the targeted market exposure, while risk is monitored on a continuous basis and adjusted as needed upon changes in market.
Starting in November 2015, the track record shows the composite performance of the strategy, calculated using the Only Accounts Traded (OAT) method. From October 2011 to October 2015, (colored background), the performance shown is the proprietary, pro-forma net returns of the strategy, based on the actual trading results as observed in a single, proprietary flagship account traded under the strategy, assuming a beginning trading size of approximately US$90,000. Please note that the results for this period are based on certain assumptions that have inherent limitations, some of which are described herein. The actual broker records of this proprietary account are stated in Canadian dollars (CAD); the month-end account value was converted and restated in USD, assuming the USD/CAD exchange rate as the last price on the last trading day of each month [Data Source: Bloomberg]. Such a currency related assumption, combined with the difference in fee structure from the one assumed for this calculation, can lead to moderate leveraging in the account over certain time periods during the course of this track record. Also, please note that the proprietary account has favourably negotiated trading commissions. Additional details of this computation and calculation of the performance are available upon request.
Net returns are calculated assuming a fee structure of a 2% Management Fee accrued monthly and a 20% Incentive Fee paid quarterly. Separately Managed Account performance can be higher or lower than the above reported performance of the program depending on several factors, such as commission and fee levels, investment amount, duration, the actual prices achieved, the portfolio composition and government taxes (if any). While the results here are based on pro-forma adjustments assuming the given fee structure, in reality, accounts may have a different fee structure, a different fee payment periodicity, different (higher or lower) commission levels and government taxes (if applicable) which may significantly distort the net performance observed in an actual account. Also, in reality, some managed accounts can be traded with a higher leverage and such leverage changes over time and this could result in significantly different performance in an actual account.