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Catella Nordic Long Short Equity RC

The objective of the Catella Nordic Long/Short Equity fund is to deliver competitive returns regardless of market conditions. 

The fund invests mainly in Nordic equities. The fund applies negative screening for sustainability criteria and consequently avoids long positions in companies that produce tobacco, alcohol, commercial games for money, pornography, coal, or weapons. Derivatives are used in management to protect fund capital and increase return opportunities. The fund is expected, over time, to have low co-variation with the equity market and may thus both raise the expected return and lower the expected risk in a traditional equity and fixed income fund portfolio. The portfolio is structured in two parts, consisting of long and short equity positions respectively, which are both expected to contribute to the fund's characteristics while jointly creating a favourable balance between risk and return. Investments are based on a combination of traditional equity research and quantitative methods. The fund's target is to generate annual return of 5-10% with a standard deviation of 5-10% over time.

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What the market is struggling with is the risk of these disturbances coinciding with a natural slowdown after almost ten good years, and that combination is especially toxic.
Ola Mårtensson, 2018-12-31

Fund manager comment

The Nordic stock market will continue to be dominated by major global events. Although Trump, the Fed and Brexit are most noticeable in the news, the current weakness is primarily an expression of investor concerns about the economy and earnings growth. A trade war and higher interest rates could certainly impact growth, but neither the scope of the new trade barriers nor the level of interest rates would be sufficient to significantly impair a solid economy. What the market is struggling with is the risk of these disturbances coinciding with a natural slowdown after almost ten good years, and that combination is especially toxic. It remains to be seen whether we are heading for a real recession or whether this is simply a temporary slowdown. The fund holds a net exposure of around zero and the risk is relatively low in this uncertain environment.

Catella Nordic Long/Short Equity fell 2.35 % in December. Stock markets were generally very weak this month. H&M fell sharply, partly on the back of weakened sentiment towards the sector following the ASOS profit warning just before Christmas. Oil-related holdings also fell as low oil prices led many sector investors to vote with their feet. The valuation of many oil service companies is now at very low levels and their share prices have factored in plenty of disappointment going forward. The fund also had a holding in Hoist, which issued a profit warning when the Swedish FSA upped risk weightings on troubled debt. As a counterweight in the portfolio, the fund has short positions and derivative hedging. Weak markets are the best environment for these holdings, and the derivative hedges in particular have generated good returns.

Fund facts

Risk Indicator

The risk and reward indicator illustrates the link between risk and potential returns from an investment in the fund. The indicator is based on how the fund’s value has changed over the past five years. Category 1 does not mean that the fund is risk free. The fund may over time move towards the left or right of the scale. This is because the indicator is based on historical data which is not a guarantee of future risk and reward. For information about the risk classification of each fund, please refer to the fund’s key investor information document.

Fact

Catella Nordic Long Short Equity is an alternative equity fund with a Nordic focus that can perform in both upturns and downturns. It has lower risk than the stock market and should deliver a competitive return. The fund is managed by Martin Nilsson and Ola Mårtensson.

The fund is suitable for investors seeking equity exposure with the opportunity to also make money in a falling stock market.

The fund is permitted to use derivatives and to have a larger percentage of the fund invested in bonds and other debt instruments issued by individual central government and municipal authorities and within the EEA than other securities funds.

Target return: Absolute return with a good risk-adjusted return

The fund is a Luxembourg-listed daily traded UCITS fund. The minimum deposit is 100 SEK/10€.

Prizes and nominations

  • Best performing Fund over a 2 year period, UCITS Hedge awards 2017
  • Best performing Long/Short Credit fund, UCITS Hedge awards 2014
  • Best Fund L/S Credit 2013, Hedgefund Journal Awards
  • Best UCITS Fund in Europe 2013, EuroHedge Awards
  • European Credit Fund of 2013, HedgePo, Investor Choice Hedge Fund Awards

Historical development

Fund manager

Sweden

Anders Wennberg

Fund manager
Direct: +46 8 614 2560
Sweden

Martin Jonsson

Fund manager
Direct: +46 8 614 25 59
Sweden

Stefan Wigstrand

Fund manager
Direct: +46 8 614 25 58
Sweden

Thomas Elofsson

Head of Portfolio Management and Fund manager
Direct: +46 8 614 25 62

Risk information

Investments in fund units are associated with risk. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. The money invested in a fund can increase and decrease in value and it is not certain that you will get back the full amount invested. No consideration is given to inflation. The Catella Balanserad, Catella Credit Opportunity and Catella Hedgefond funds are special funds under the Swedish Alternative Investment Fund Managers Act (SFS 2013:561) (AIFM). Catella Sverige Aktiv Hållbarhet and Catella Småbolagsfond may use derivatives, and the value of the funds may vary significantly over time. The value of Catella Sverige Hållbart Beta may vary significantly over time. Catella Avkastningsfond may use derivatives and may have a larger proportion of the fund invested in bonds and other debt instruments issued by individual national and local authorities and within the EEA than other investment funds, in accordance with Chapter 5, Article 8 of the Swedish Investment Funds Act (SFS 2004:46). Catella Nordic Long Short Equity and Catella Nordic Corporate Bond Flex may use derivatives and may have a greater proportion of the funds invested in bonds and other debt instruments issued by individual national and local authorities and within the EEA than other investment funds. For more details, complete prospectuses, key investor information, and annual and half-yearly reports, please refer to our website at catella.se/fonder or phone +46 8 614 25 00.

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