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.
The fund received a positive contribution from Subsea 7. The company has received a number of new orders during the past quarter and its order book has not looked this good since 2014.
Fund manager comment
Catella Nordic Long Short Equity RC lost 1.65 % in June, while both Swedish and Nordic exchanges gained slightly. The fund received a positive contribution from Subsea 7. The company has received a number of new orders during the past quarter and its order book has not looked this good since 2014. Aker ASA also made a positive contribution. Its new project in Ghana and the perhaps overly high discount against underlying values lend hope for continued strength. The least successful company in the fund this month was Outotec. It is not the only weak performer in its sector, and other mining-related companies have lost out from the rotation out of emerging markets and into the United States.
As usual, the market is balancing between different scenarios. The spring’s question of how much central banks might raise interest rates and when has now morphed into a question of duties and tariffs. What initially appeared to be symbolic increases in duties by the US now seems to be something significantly more serious after a number of countermeasures. Profit forecasts are still promising and analysts have not yet reduced their expectations for the market as a whole because of any trade barriers.
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.
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