Sydney, 22 August 2018:
Global quantitative asset manager CFM (Capital Fund Management) today announced that its CFM ISTrends Trust, Class A & B, has been upgraded to receive the coveted “Highly Recommended” rating from Australian ratings house Lonsec.
Commenting on the rating, CFM’s Head of Asia Pacific, Steve Shepherd said that he was pleased Lonsec has again recognised the quality of CFM’s investment processes and team.
“CFM ISTrends Trust was rated ‘Recommended’ last year, and the fact that we are now ‘Highly Recommended’ is really pleasing, because it shows that Lonsec’s confidence in our fund is growing, and that they consider our trend following strategy robust and true-to-label,” he said.
According to Lonsec, the ‘Highly Recommended’ rating indicates a very strong conviction that CFM ISTrends Trust will generate risk-adjusted returns in line with relevant objectives, and is considered a preferred entry point to alternative beta strategies.
Mr Shepherd explained that the aim of CFM IS Trends is to provide long-term capital appreciation through returns that seek to be uncorrelated with traditional asset classes, like equities and bonds.
It’s clear from this new rating that Lonsec believes we have achieved this.
“Advisers agree – they are increasingly looking for strategies which will provide true diversification in an environment where traditional diversification strategies, such as using fixed interest to diversify away from equity risk, are proving less effective than in the past,” Mr Shepherd said.
CFM is a pioneer in the liquid alternative beta space, and Lonsec pointed to CFM’s long heritage and experience in managing highly active hedge fund strategies as giving them an edge in terms of research when compared with competitors.
The competitive fees structure was also highlighted as a positive for the fund. Lonsec previously stated that by undercutting the competition on fees, CFM has the potential to disrupt a high-margin sector.
CFM’s alternative beta strategies, ISTrends Trust and ISDiversified Trust, are distributed in Australia by Winston Capital Partners, whose Managing Director, Stephen Roberston, said that positive ratings and the recent addition of CFM’s funds to major adviser platforms has seen growth in demand.
“CFM is known for the high quality of its research and experienced investment team. It is a pioneer and world-leader in alternative beta strategies.
We are pleased that more and more advisers and investors can see that benefits of adding alternative beta strategies to their portfolio, and that Lonsec has acknowledged the quality of the fund as well,” Mr Robertson said.
CFM (Capital Fund Management) is a global quantitative and systematic asset management firm. Since 1991 we have applied a scientific approach to finance to develop alternative investment strategies that create value for our clients. From offices in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney we manage over US$11bn (as at Feb 2018) for our clients across the globe.
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