Harcourt launches actively-managed premium strategy

Harcourt, the alternative boutique of Vontobel Asset Management, has launched the Pure Premium Strategy to offer liquid alternatives in Ucits wrapper to further meet investor demand for transparent and cost-efficient alternative strategies.

The Vontobel Fund – Pure Premium Strategy offers state-of-the-art diversification benefits to institutional and private clients in periods of stress in financial markets.

The fund complements Harcourt’s newly created Research-Driven Strategies product line, which also includes Pure Momentum and Pure Dividend strategies.

“Research-Driven Strategies indicates that alternative risk premia are mostly a reflection of a given trading strategy followed by an investor. This is in contrast to traditional funds, in which performance reflects any fluctuations in asset classes such as equities and bonds,” Harcourt also said.

The fund  will be actively managed and aims to systematically earn option premium from various asset classes worldwide, for example by selling options.

At the same time, according to the firm, it significantly reduces market-price risk, for example through active management using derivatives. The fund will mainly invest in liquid call and put options that Harcourt believes, based on an in-house systematic analysis, represent attractive investment opportunities. The funds aim is to achieve a risk-adjusted return exceeding the three-month US-dollar LIBOR by 3% to 5%.

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