Sera Capital Management

Financial Tales Portfolio

  • Strategy ETFs / Funds
Sera Capital Management’s Financial Tales Portfolio is designed for investors, not speculators. This global tactical strategy invests in a mix of Exchange-Traded Products (ETPs), and seeks to potentially outperform inflation by 5% a year over multiple market cycles. We attempt to achieve that goal while taking on about half the risk of the S&P 500.
We apply a disciplined, rule-based trading methodology to our global investment strategy. We attempt to keep the portfolio invested in what our research suggests are undervalued asset classes while maintaining diversification. We invest in both liquid Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) and utilize technical signals including long-term moving averages and measures of momentum.
Our research uses overlapping neural networks and technical analysis to help us identify emerging asset classes, and ones that we believe have the strongest risk-adjusted return potential. Our neural networks also help us in our attempts to contain the risk of large losses.
We invest in liquid ETFs and ETNs, and typically have between 10 to 20 holdings. We at times may hold as few as 5 securities. Other than cash, no individual security is expected to make up more than 25% of the portfolio. Some holdings may be held for a period of several weeks, although we have other holdings that remain in the portfolio for 3 years or longer.
We typically look at asset class investments in pairs. A buy signal typically triggers a corresponding sell of another asset class. When an asset class becomes a sell without a corresponding buy, we go to cash. At our discretion, we also will sell asset classes that have performed above and beyond our expectations.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 5.1%

    Best quarter

  • -5.2%

    Worst quarter

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

Performance detail

Performance Portfolio inception July 15, 2013

as of March 28, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date -0.8% -0.2%
Quarter-to-date 3.1% 5.3%
Last 365 Days 3.6% 15.8%
Since inception (Annualized) 3.6% 9.5%
2017 (YTD) 3.1% 5.3%
2016 3.7% 9.5%
2015 -0.7% -0.7%
2014 3.5% 11.4%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of March 28, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 6.7% 10.1%
Sharpe Ratio 0.42 1.49
Sortino Ratio 0.54 1.95
Maximum Drawdown -8.6% -5.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -1.6% -2.3%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -1.30
Alpha -0.7%
Beta 0.29
R-Squared 0.20


  • Debt Fund
  • Equity Fund
  • Misc Funds

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Portfolio commentary

Latest transactions Average trades per month 2.7

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
January 24, 2017 IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF Buy $105.21
January 24, 2017 LQD iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF Buy $117.68
January 24, 2017 SPLV PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio Buy $41.60
January 24, 2017 DWIN PowerShares DWA Tactical Multi-Asset Income Portfolio Buy $27.82
January 24, 2017 GDX VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF Sell $24.07
January 03, 2017 EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF Sell $35.60
December 13, 2016 VBR Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF Buy $123.02
December 12, 2016 VNQ Vanguard REIT ETF Sell $83.42
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