Concept K is an investment fund which aims to produce long term growth but with less of the volatility usually associated with stock market investing. The fund looks to produce a return for investors by investing across many different markets in whatever proportions the fund managers consider appropriate depending on market conditions. The fund primarily invests in company shares, government & corporate bonds, cash, gold and currencies. It can also use derivatives to implement investment ideas.
Q1 Review: September defied its reputation of being a weak stock market month, particularly European equity markets rallied strongly (EuroStoxx 50: +5.2% in EUR). The US equity market (S&P 500 in USD: +2.0%) and the Japanese equity market (Nikkei 225 in EUR: +1.9%) also both showed positive returns. The market seems to ignore the short-term negative economic impact of hurricane Harvey. Instead topics such as stable federal elections results in Germany and the proposal of a US tax reform at the end of the month were the main focus of attention. The US dollar advanced 0.6% against Euro. Gold trended lower (-2.5% in USD). In contrast, the oil price experienced an enormous tailwind (WTI in USD: 9.3%). Bond markets came under pressure during the course of the month. Signs by the ECB regarding tapering its asset purchase programme and the announcement of the US Federal Reserve to reduce its balance sheet resulted in a moderate yield increase for US and German sovereign bonds. Performance: In Q3 2017 the performance of Deutsche Concept Kaldemorgen was neutral (FC share class). The equity exposure (derivatives included, in local currency) contributed positively in Q3. Also the positions in government bonds and corporate bonds contributed positively (derivatives included, in local currency). The negative performance contribution came mainly from the fund's currency allocation. Especially the losses of the US Dollar vs Euro affected the fund's performance in Q3 2017. AllocationThe average net equity allocation was at 27% in Q3. The gross equity exposure was at 27% on average. The bond exposure was decreased from 25.8% to 23.7% over the course of Q3. The total portfolio's duration is still very short. The currency allocation showed a low exposure to the US Dollar with around13% on average. The Euro exposure was quite high with 78% on average. Current Positioning and Outlook: The portfolio still has a defensive positioning (equities, bonds and currency). The current calm in the capital markets (with historically low volatility) is almost frightening. Market participants continue to focus on still very positive economic data and increasingly forget to price in potential risks. Geopolitical tensions as well as faster than expected monetary policy changes are apparently underestimated. We have high expectations regarding the upcoming reporting season. If expectations are not met, particularly the US market might be adversely affected. Already at this stage, it trades at a significant premium versus European markets. Accordingly, our US equity positions in the portfolio are largely hedged. (30th Sept 2017)
1.00% pa of fund assets plus a performance fee of 15% of growth above the higher of 0% or EONIA, (the Euro Overnight Index average rate) subject to a High Water Mark calculated at the end of the previous year. For more details see the link to "Funds that incur Performance Fees" shown above.
Asset Allocation as at 30/09/2017
Asset Allocation of the Strategy
Fixed Interest Derivatives
Equities, Regional Breakdown as at 30/09/2017
Asia ex Japan
Emerging Markets and Others
Fixed Income, Regional Breakdown as at 30/09/2017
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Fund Performance To Date
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Performance Fees: The growth of the Insight Currency fund will be subject to a 20% monthly performance fee
only applies when the growth rate exceeds 7% p.a. The Market Neutral Equity fund will be subject to a
fee of 10% of any growth achieved above cash returns (specifically 3-month EURIBID).
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The property fund managers reserve the right to place a withdrawal limit or/and to defer encashment for up
six months or such time as is necessary to facilitate the sale of assets if required.