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Deja Vu all Over Again

By John Del Vecchio and Brad Lamensdorf

Deja Vu all Over Again

Stocks have been partying like it’s 1999 all over again. 

The real action is in unprofitable IPOs.

Take a look at the chart, courtesy of BofA Global Research:

Deja Vu all Over Again
Deja Vu all Over Again

Unprofitable IPOs just hit 80%, the same level near the peak of the Internet Bubble. More money is chasing few quality investment ideas. As a result, nearly everything is getting bid up to higher prices. 

The thing is, markets change. The companies that dominate the markets changes. The leaders in sectors change.

The law of economics and human nature don’t change.

The best opportunities, on both sides of the market, are at extremes. We are at an extreme with unprofitable IPOs. Could this trend move higher? Yes. However, it’s highly likely that all gains from here will be more than lost.

The Active Alts / Sentiment Trader Long / Short Strategy capitalizes on extremes. In case you missed it…

Brad hosted a webinar on February 9th talking about achieving better risk-adjusted returns in an overheated market. 

The Active Alts SentimenTrader Long / Short Strategy returned 25.87% in 2020 compared with 7.86[1] % in the Credit Suisse Long / Short Index.

What’s more, is that the Active Alts SentimenTrader Long / Short Strategy experienced a 9.99% draw down and held an average cash position of 19.4%[1] for the year.

The webinar dives into:

  • How to navigate the rocky markets we have been living through
  • How to generate alpha on the long and short side of the market
  • The power of our proprietary exposure gauge and what it means for investment returns in current market conditions

If you missed the webinar, you can watch it here!

Brad Lamensdorf Jason Goepfert Webinar

 

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General Disclaimer
Active Alts, Inc. (“Active Alts”  or the “Manager”) is an investment adviser registered with the state of Connecticut. Active Alts manages the Active Alts SentimenTrader L/S Strategy and SentimenTrader serves as the research/index provider for the strategy. Registration with the state of Connecticut does not imply a certain level of skill or training.
The information set forth regarding securities and investment advice was obtained from sources which we believe reliable but we do not guarantee its accuracy or completeness. Neither the information nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by us of the purchase or sale of any securities. The performance quoted above represents past performance and current performance may be lower or higher than the performance date quoted. Past performance does not guarantee future results as investment returns may vary from time to time depending upon market conditions and the composition of the strategy.

SENTIMENTRADER DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, SUITABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE. Investors should consult their tax advisors before making investment decisions, as well as realize that past performance and results of the strategy are not a guarantee of future results. The Active Alts SentimenTrader L/S Strategy is not intended to be the primary basis for investment decisions and the usage of the strategy does not address the suitability of any particular investment for any particular investor.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is provided for informational purposes only. Indices are not indicative of the strategy and may not be suitable for comparison purposes.   Indices that may be shown do not reflect the deduction of advisory fees, commissions or other transaction charges.
Fees charged by the Firm are negotiable and may vary by client.

Before making an investment, you should consider your goals, objectives, time horizon and risk tolerance to be sure that this investment is suitable for you.  There are no guarantees that the strategy will perform as it did in the past. You could lose money and you should not invest unless you can afford to lose some or all of your invested funds.

Calculation Disclaimer
Dividends are included in the performance results. The Manager have also calculated the net results by applying the highest management fee to be charged to advisory clients. Results will vary based on the amount of the fee applied. The results were also calculated by rebalancing the long and short portfolios on a weekly basis.  The portfolio selection was and will be generated from the proprietary Active Alts stock selection process which is based on quantitative factors and mechanically driven. Commissions were added. No taxes were deducted; no borrowing costs were added; and no ex-dividend costs were included from the short portfolio.
Downside deviation is a measure of downside risk that focuses on returns that sell below a minimum threshold of a Minimal Acceptable Return (MAR).
Sharpe ratio is the average return earned in excess of the risk free rate per unit of volatility of risk.
Time to recovery is the duration of time it takes to restore the value lost.
Beta is a measure of a stock’s volatility in relation to the market. By definition, the market has a beta of 1.0, and individual stocks are ranked according to how much they deviate from the market. A stock that swings more than the market over time has a beta above 1.0.
Annualized volatility – Historic volatility measures a time series of past market prices. Implied volatility looks forward in time, being derived from the market price of a market-traded derivative (in particular, an option).
Max drawdown is an indicator of the risk of a portfolio chosen based on a certain strategy. It measures the largest single drop from peak to bottom in the value of a
portfolio (before a new peak is achieved).
(1) Indicators drive the exposure while a proprietary Long & Short portfolio are rebalanced monthly for the strategies equity drivers.
(2) Commissions were added to the exposure rebalance as well as the monthly stock rebalance.


Brad Lamensdorf

Brad Lamensdorf, the founder and portfolio manager of Active Alts, is a principal and co-manager of the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF. He previously managed a long-short investment partnership from 1998-2005 under the name Tarpon Capital Management. Earlier in his career Mr. Lamensdorf was an equity trader/market strategist for the Bass Brothers’ trading arm. He managed a short only portfolio in addition to co-managing a $1bil hedging program. He also served as in-house market strategist for the entire internal and external network of Bass Brothers money managers.

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