Brian Skally Profile Picture Individual Investor

Brian Skally

Chief Officer,Maritime

  • EducationBA, Economics

Absolute Returns

I purchase securities which are mispriced as a result of extraordinary corporate events.  I seek to achieve positive returns regardless of overall market conditions, and low correlation with the broad market over a prolonged period.

Risk score

Risk Score 4

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • 2.9%
    30 day
  • 3.4%
    90 day
  • 27.9%
    365 day
    February 13, 2012
Monthly vs S&P500
Brian Skally - Absolute Returns Monthly vs S&P500
3.3% 12 months
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  • Replicable

Top 5 Holdings View all


Portfolio commentary

  1. We've added Ocean Rig and Woori Finance to the portfolio, sold Blackstone

    12 November 2013

    We've made some slight adjustments to the portfolio lineup.

  2. Takeover play Saks still has strong upside potential 6 August 2013
  3. Our position in Blackstone looks like a winner 14 May 2013
  4. We've used the stock rally to reposition our portfolio 13 March 2013
  5. Why we dumped Porsche and Marchex from our model 12 February 2013

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Inception February 13, 2012

as of April 23, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Past 30 days 2.9% 1.1%
Past 90 days 3.4% 3.1%
Past 365 days 27.9% 21.3%
Since Inception (Annualized) 35.0% 18.7%
2014 (YTD) 1.2% 2.1%
2013 38.9% 32.4%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of April 23, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Best 30 days 11.0% 7.9%
Worst 30 days -4.6% -4.8%
Volatility 10.0% 11.3%
Sharpe Ratio 2.79 1.88
Sortino Ratio 4.38 2.63
Maximum Drawdown -6.3% -5.7%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.3% -2.6%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.76
Alpha 13.3%
Beta 0.59
R-Squared 0.45
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Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 2.9
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
04/08/14 LE Lands' End Inc Yes Sell $27.82
03/10/14 VGR Vector Group Ltd Yes Buy $20.99
03/05/14 NE Noble Corp plc Yes Buy $31.25
03/05/14 SLM SLM Corp Yes Buy $24.42
03/05/14 SHLD Sears Holdings Corp Yes Buy $45.10
02/05/14 VIVHY Vivendi SA Yes Sell $26.02
01/15/14 HNR Harvest Natural Resources Inc Yes Buy $4.87
01/08/14 WF Woori Finance Holdings Co Ltd   Sell $36.07

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