Atlas Capital

Global Downside Protected

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The Atlas Global Downside Protected (GDP) strategy is a global equity strategy benchmarked to the MSCI All-Country World Index (ACWI).  GDP is designed to reduce the risk of large loss in sustained market declines, while still striving to achieve gains when stock markets are rising.  The strategy does this by avoiding segments of global stock markets that have heightened risk profile; staying fully invested in “good markets” (using cash sparingly); and opportunistically managing foreign exchange rate risk.   As with the other Atlas strategies, GDP uses a consistent, systematic approach with a foundation in academic and Atlas proprietary research.
1) Invest Globally: 
-Diversification across geographic markets provides the opportunity to benefit when there are attractive markets outside the home country.

2) Create alpha from beta management:
-Return of any equity market index (the equity beta) can be achieved dynamically and cheaply via ETFs or futures
-Additional return (alpha) can be generated from systematic beta management – informed choices about which stock markets to own-Generating alpha from beta management is often under-appreciated and under-utilized by investors

3)Take risk only when rewarded:
-Determine “bad neighborhoods”: Examine valuation, momentum, fundamentals, sentiment, risk and currency impacts for each market
-"Water the flowers, not weeds”: Spread the risk budget to good neighborhoods only
-“Correlation matters”: When too many neighborhoods turn bad, we will move assets to short-term fixed income to avoid losses for investors.
The firm utilizes academic research (Fama French, Carhart, and others) as well as in-house research, which is ongoing.  Atlas has been running enhanced equity index strategies since 2003.  Currently, the firm runs seven equity strategies.  Proprietary models have been developed in Matlab.    The GDP strategy has been back-tested to 2001.  The test utilizes the returns of market indices (as provided by Bloomberg) for the performance of each sector/geography.
1.       Universe Selection:  Forty-eight segments of global stock market, four tiers of weighting, based on market capitalization, equal weight within tiers

2.       Neighborhood Screen:  Countries/sectors that exhibit bad neighborhood characteristics (bad valuation or a downward price trend in local currency) are excluded

3.      Valuation Assessment:  Remaining countries/sectors are evaluated based on economic fundamentals, risk, expected return and historical valuation metrics

4.       Portfolio Weighting:  Remaining countries/sectors are re-weighted based on risk and valuation outlook.  If too few “good neighborhoods” some allocation to short-term fixed income.

5.       Currency Management:  Major currency exposures are aggregated and evaluated.  The currency risk is hedged if value and trend indicate hedging desirable.
Portfolios are rebalanced monthly.  Quantitative screens are run based on value and momentum. Holdings are sold when value and momentum characteristics are undesirable.

Portfolio Manager performance


Last 30 days



Last 90 days



Last 365 days


Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 6.6%

    Best quarter

  • -1.4%

    Worst quarter

    • 0.75% fee
    • $20,000 min
  • Required: Margin account

Portfolio Manager performance graph

All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. Client account performance is displayed on the client dashboard.

Performance Portfolio inception July 29, 2015

as of June 20, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) MSCI All Country World ETF S&P 500
Last 30 days -0.2% 0.2% 2.3%
Last 90 days 2.8% 3.8% 3.8%
Last 365 Days 11.7% 15.0% 17.0%
Since inception (Annualized) 2.5% 4.8% 7.9%
2017 (YTD) 8.9% 10.6% 8.9%
2016 1.4% 6.0% 9.5%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of June 20, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) MSCI All Country World ETF S&P 500
Volatility 10.2% 11.5% 9.6%
Sharpe Ratio 1.05 1.22 1.67
Sortino Ratio 1.37 1.36 2.08
Maximum Drawdown -4.6% -7.1% -5.3%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.4% -2.7% -2.2%
MSCI All Country World ETF vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -0.78 -1.09
Alpha -0.5% -3.6%
Beta 0.83 0.94
R-Squared 0.87 0.78


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Latest transactions Average trades per month 6.6

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
December 08, 2016 GREK Global X MSCI Greece ETF Buy $8.36
December 08, 2016 EIS iShares MSCI Israel Capped ETF Sell $46.84
December 08, 2016 EWP iShares MSCI Spain Capped ETF Buy $26.86
December 08, 2016 EWG iShares MSCI Germany ETF Buy $26.12
December 08, 2016 EWL iShares MSCI Switzerland Capped ETF Sell $28.73
December 08, 2016 XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund Buy $23.72
December 08, 2016 XLE Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund Buy $76.33
December 08, 2016 VOX Vanguard Telecommunication Services ETF Sell $98.21
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  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and all investments, including those in this portfolio, involve the risk of loss, including loss of principal and a reduction in earnings.  
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