Sometimes They Come Back

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In 2016 I remember pitching the buyout of a distressed oil service sector company in front of an investment committee of a famous private equity firm. One of the convincing – at least I thought it was at the time – argument I made was that the oil price follows cycles, more or less correlated with global GDP, and my prediction was that we could expect a rebound two or three years down the line, even if we couldn’t perfectly call the bottom. 

That remark was greeted with smirks and pitiful eyes, as if I was failing the same exam with the same mistake for the umpteenth time and, it goes without saying, my pitch did not see the light of the day. Sad. 

In any case, allow me to tell you a quick story.

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What is the “Short of a Lifetime” today?

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In 2015 Bill Gross, the famous American fund manager co-founder of PIMCO and currently at Janus Henderson, called the German Bund the “short of a lifetime”. At the time the 10yr yield was hovering around10bp and soon it quickly reached almost 100bp, only to go back to a negative yield in 2016!
Since March this year I have woken up in the morning thinking that a 0.3% yield on a 10-year government bond, even if issued by the rock-solid Germany, is not worth considering. Today, after six months, that yield is still only at 0.40%; so it was not worth considering neither as a long, nor as a short position once you factor in the costs and the time (i.e. the rolling yield).

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Analysis of FAANGS

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Last month I received a marketing letter. Well I receive many marketing letters every month, but one in particular left me agog: it was from the provider of my pension plan. As usual the letter invited me to consider investing with them and to focus on the equity market as a long-term generator of performance: nothing unusual about this spin. What attracted my attention was that they included a list of stocks, probably to tickle my greed as well as to help me in the selection work. The list included the ten most popular overseas shares among their clients over the previous month. They were: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Tesla, Microsoft, Nvidia, Spotify and Alibaba. Can anyone guess what they do have in common?

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Global growth and trade wars

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One day the devil approaches you and comes up with a deal. If you are willing to accept a negative return of 1% on your investments for one day, he will give you the possibility to invest for the following two days at a positive rate of 2%. Since you are a rational person, and think you are smart because you work in finance, you accept the deal. In jargon that is known as a positive NPV project and everyone knows that the devil is a creditworthy fellow that does not default on his promises.

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European crisis and Italian sovereign risk

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Since the very idea of nation came to the fore, political and cultural specialisms took the form of superiority over the others. Thus, for example, my people, my language, my traditions are better than yours. Various nationalism bursts have happened since the late 1800s with exploitations and wars usually their end result. We are now in the middle of a new nationalism revival. This new wave has become global very quickly, with a weird synchronization that connects the most disparate countries on several common issues.

Is Europe in Crisis?

Yes it is. Can it still be saved from itself? Yes probably, but failure cannot be ruled out either.

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Boutique launches Ucits platform

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London-based boutique Valeur Capital has launched a Ucits platform to expand its fund offering, the company has announced.

The Anteo Luxembourg Ucits-compliant umbrella fund launched with €250 million under management and three active sub-funds, including the Anteo Equity Volatility fund, the Anteo Fixed Income Relative Value and Opportunities fund and the Anteo Nightingale fund.

The Anteo Fixed Income Relative Value and Opportunities fund was the first Ucits fund made available on the platform and aims to provide investors with a compelling investment solution with low market correlation.

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Valeur Capital Launches new Anteo UCITS Platform

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Valeur Capital Ltd (Valeur) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Anteo Luxembourg UCITS compliant Umbrella Fund as it continues to expand its fund offering.

The new platform launched with €250 million under management with 3 active sub-funds.

Anteo Fixed Income Relative Value and Opportunities was the first UCITS fund made available on the Anteo platform providing investors with another compelling investment solution with low correlation to the market.

The Fund offers investors access to Valeur Capital’ proven expertise in generating alpha exploiting market inefficiencies in the microstructure of the bond market, through relative value trades and a rigorous risk management process with tailor risks hedging measures.

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The fixed income challenge: positive returns and low risk

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One of the pillars of financial theory is that more volatility should be rewarded with better performances. The challenge is then to provide higher returns along with low volatility.

Indaco Funds have been able to achieve attractive returns while keeping realized volatility at very low levels. In the years following the global financial crisis, central banks actions sustained economic recovery, but also created important market distortions. In the fixed income space in particular, low yields and lack of liquidity have completely changed risk-free and risk-premia concepts. Capital protection and steady income generation have become much harder to accomplish for conservative investors.

 

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Five selectors talk MiFID II tips and challenges

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MiFID II will come into effect in January and asset managers are adding firepower to ensure firms are compliant in time. While many firms have agreed to absorb the costs MiFID II will bring, many have announced they instead will charge clients for research, despite continued concerns over how costs will actually be quantified.

London-based Valeur Capital’s Andrea Macchi and Alessandro Noceti (pictured below) said once the regulation comes into play it could negative impacts on the quality of services.

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DISCLAIMER

The disclaimer is composed of:
1 – Group description
2 – Disclaimer for Valeur Group, Valeur SA, Valeur Securities SA and Valeur Concept SA
3 – Privacy policy

GROUP DESCRIPTION
“Valeur Group”* comprises six independent companies:

– Valeur Securities SA – Switzerland
– Valeur SA – Switzerland
– Valeur Concept SA – Switzerland
– Valeur Capital Ltd – United Kingdom
– Valeur Pte Ltd – Singapore
– Valeur Communication SL – Spain
The current “Group” structure has been in operation since 2016. From 2009 to 2015 Valeur had a different company and group structure.

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PRIVACY POLICY
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WE DO NOT MARKET TO OR ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH CHILDREN NOR WE DO COLLECT PERSONAL DATA FROM ANY PERSON UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE.  PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS OR USE THE WEBSITE OR SERVICES IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE.
This policy
This policy sets out what personal data we might collect, how we process and protect that data, the lawful grounds for that processing, and your related rights.  Essentially ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, namely one who can be identified, directly or indirectly from that information alone or in conjunction with other information. In most cases, the lawful ground will be that the processing: (i) is necessary for our legitimate interests in carrying out our business, including to raise and invest the funds / maintain, improve and market our products and services, provided those interests are not outweighed by your rights and interests (‘Legitimate Interests’), (ii) is necessary to perform a contract with you (‘Contract’), or (iii) is necessary to comply with our legal obligations (‘Legal Obligation’). Where processing is based on your consent (‘Consent’), we will identify the processing purposes and provide you with relevant information to make the processing fair and transparent.

As data protection law and practice are constantly developing, we’ll need to update this policy from time to time, which we’ll do by posting a new policy on the Website that takes effect from the date stated.  It is your responsibility to return to the Website from time to time and check for changes.
How Do We Obtain Personal Data?
We collect or are provided personal data in the normal course of business, for example:

– you may provide us with your details during discussions about investing in our fund or our fund investing in your business/buying our products or services,
– when you visit the Website, we may collect information about your visit such as your IP address and the pages you visited,
– you may provide us with your details when you ask about our funds or other Services (through the Website, by email or otherwise) and we may obtain legally-compliant lists of potential customers for our funds or other Services for our marketing purposes.
When you provide us with personal data about yourself or another person, you are confirming to us that you are authorised to provide us with that information and that any personal data you give us is accurate and up-to-date.
Sensitive Personal Data
Given the nature of our business, we do not ask for ‘sensitive’ or ‘special categories of personal data’, such as information about your health, political opinions, racial origins or sexual life and we would ask you not to send any to us.

How do we use personal data?
We use personal data in the normal course of our business, for example:

– To respond to enquiries about the funds and other Services, to provide the Websites and Services, to provide advice and support. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests or Contract.
– To analyze and improve the Website, the funds and other Services, for example for technical or security purposes and to improve the customer experience. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests, however where for example applicable law requires your consent to use certain cookies, we will ask for your Consent having provided you with relevant information.
– To market our fund(s) and other Services – if we do so, we will provide you with an easy and free way to opt-out of receiving such communications in the future. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests (or Consent as above).
– To investigate opportunities and make investments by the fund(s).
– In certain circumstances, to share it with a limited number of third parties as described in this policy, for example for operational requirements and business continuity purposes. Lawful basis: most processing will be based on Legitimate Interests, some processing is based on Contract and, where necessary (as above) some processing may be based on your prior Consent.
Sharing Data & International Transfers
We will not give, sell or rent your personal data to third parties so they can market their services to you. Nor do we accept advertising from third parties on the Website.  We may share personal data in the following limited circumstances.

– For provision of the Services, and for our own disaster recovery and business continuity purposes, we may store or transmit personal data to or through third party providers, such as with our contractors and advisors to help us operate, secure and analyze our business. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests or Contract.
– We may be obliged to disclose your personal data to comply with a law, order or request of a court, government authority, other competent legal or regulatory authority or any applicable code of practice or guideline. Lawful basis: Legal Obligation.
– If we enter negotiations with a third party for the sale or purchase of all or part of our business, we will only disclose personal data to that third party to the extent it relates to that business and only under conditions of confidentiality requiring the third party to be bound by the privacy policy that applies to that data. Lawful basis: Legitimate Interests.
In each case, we share the minimum personal data necessary and we have written contracts in place incorporating relevant wording to safeguard that personal data and comply with applicable laws, and we will only share such data as is necessary for the purpose in question.  Where possible, we keep personal data within the European Economic Area (‘EEA’).  However, in order to carry out the above purposes, we may use third parties and their facilities outside the EEA.  In all such cases we will ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect your personal data and a valid legal basis for the transfer applies.
Cookies
Our Website uses cookies and/or similar technologies.  Please review our Cookie Policy which is part of (and incorporated into) this Privacy Policy for more information, including on how to refuse or selectively accept cookies and/or similar technologies.

Retention
As a default position, we will only retain personal data for any statutory retention period, then a reasonable period (if any) necessary for the above purposes.  This is subject, for example, to any valid opt-out or withdrawal of consent where processing is based on consent, or other valid exercise of your data subject rights which is effected.

Security
The security of data is very important to our business.  In accordance with our legal obligations, we take appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data and keep those measures under review.  However, we can only be responsible for systems that we control, and we would note that the internet itself is not inherently a secure environment.

Anonymized data
We may create anonymised data from personal data, and any anonymisation would be carried out in accordance with applicable law as well as relevant guidelines from regulators such as the UK Information Commissioner (‘UK ICO’).  Anonymisation may, for example, be achieved by aggregating data to the point that no individual can be identified such as aggregating website use statistics to see which web content is working well and which could be improved.  Anonymised data does not allow for the identification of any individual person and, as it is no longer personal data, neither data protection laws nor this Privacy Policy would apply to such data.

Third Party Services
If you access the services of another provider through our websites or services, for example through a link on the Website, your use of those services is entirely at your risk and governed by the terms and privacy policy of that third party provider.  If we resell a service delivered or provided by a third party (‘Third Party Service’), including any software that is delivered or owned by a third party (‘Third Party Software’), it is that third party’s separate privacy policy that will apply to your personal data and your use of the Third Party Service and Third Party Software. Your use of a Third Party Service is not covered by this Privacy Policy. Please therefore review the privacy policy for any Third Party Service and Third Party Software before using it.

Your rights
You have the right to know if we process any personal data about you and, if we are, with certain limitations, to a copy of that personal data.  You also have the right to ask us to remove or correct any of that personal data that is inaccurate, to object to certain processing and to withdraw any consent you may have given us for any processing of your personal data.  You also have the right to ask us to restrict processing certain of your personal data, to erase your personal data, and to ‘port’ certain of your personal data to you or another provider, provided in each case that we have such data and certain conditions are met. You have the right, at any time, to object to the processing of your personal data for direct marketing.

Contact Us
If you’ve any question you can always contact us at the address above or by email to privacy@valeur.eu.  You have the right, at all times, to notify a complaint to any regulator such as the UK Information Commissioner, although we would welcome the opportunity to discuss and resolve any complaint with you first.