Tactical Energy

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The Tactical Energy portfolio invests in energy exploration and production (E&P) companies. It makes its allocations based on a structured process and seeks to deliver risk-adjusted returns that may offer better value than buy-and-hold investments in the energy E&P sector.
The portfolio seeks to dynamically weight its exposure to the E&P sector in accordance with its likelihood to generate positive returns. We seek to exploit discrepancies in the ways price changes in the broad equity, crude oil, and natural gas markets propagate to the E&P sector.
The strategy is based on research that attempts to quantify the relationship between the broad equity markets, commodity prices, and the E&P sector. A significant divergence between expected and actual returns in the E&P sector represents a portfolio rebalancing opportunity.
The portfolio is usually allocated to a mix of Exchange Traded Funds that represent the E&P industry, the broad US equity markets, and companies exposed to crude oil and natural gas prices. It also may also allocate as much as 100% to cash, depending on market conditions.
Positions are closed and the portfolio is rebalanced when quantitative signals indicate that the E&P sector has become overvalued or undervalued relative to the other asset classes utilized within the strategy.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

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Risk score

  • 14.4%

    Best quarter

  • -24.1%

    Worst quarter

    • 1% fee
    • $10,000 min
  • Required: Margin account

Performance detail

Performance Portfolio inception May 29, 2013

as of Dec 08, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P Oil & Gas E & P ETF S&P 500
Month-to-date 2.7% 3.4% 2.2%
Quarter-to-date 5.4% 12.7% 3.6%
Last 365 Days 26.1% 33.3% 9.7%
Since inception (Annualized) -6.4% -9.6% 9.2%
2016 (YTD) 32.7% 43.4% 9.9%
2015 -26.3% -36.9% -0.7%
2014 -23.5% -30.2% 11.4%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of Dec 08, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P Oil & Gas E & P ETF S&P 500
Volatility 37.7% 43.8% 13.7%
Sharpe Ratio 0.68 0.75 0.67
Sortino Ratio 1.03 1.22 0.88
Maximum Drawdown -26.1% -28.7% -12.0%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -8.7% -10.1% -3.2%
S&P Oil & Gas E & P ETF vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -0.52 0.53
Alpha -1.1% 13.1%
Beta 0.82 1.69
R-Squared 0.91 0.38


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