The following is to provide some insight and perspective on the performance of the Patton Flex Fund for March and more. For more information on the strategy of the Fund, visit our website here.
The Flex Fund is most often recommended as only one component of a Super-Diversified Portfolio. Therefore the information in this blog only pertains to one component of a Super-Diversified portfolio. For more on Super-Diversification, visit our website here.
** Compounded annually net of all fees.
Note: individual investor performance may differ.
The Flex has held up well relative to the S&P 500 year-to-date and other hedge funds through the end of March.
Use of leverage was reduced twice during March, on the 9th and again on the 16th, to the lowest target level of 2 times capital. This is an automatic risk control that triggers during periods of heightened volatility to reduce risk of loss. Read more in a recent blog.
As expected in a declining market as we had in March, the short positions generated a large gain for the Fund and offset the entire loss from the long positions in spite of the Fund’s current long bias (more money invested in long positions than shorts).
Expedia Group (EXPE), the online travel site, is an example of a short position in the Fund. This stock fell -42.9% during the month but did rally mid-month over a 5-day period by +44.3% creating short-term losses and volatility for the Fund but still generating significant profits for the entire month. This is an example of the volatility we must endure to generate the best long-term returns.
Some Longs Went Up
In a month when the S&P 500 lost -12.5%, we would expect our long positions to fall sharply as many did. Fortunately, of the 74 total long positions in the Fund throughout March, 57 were down while 17 generated profits including Rite Aid (RAD), Kroger (KR), Walmart (WMT), and Clorox Company (CLX).
Volatility Lower than S&P 500
The Fund generally has volatility, or change in value from day-to-day, that is about 50% greater than the S&P 500. Since the full deleveraging of the Fund on March 16th, as discussed above, the volatility of the Fund has dropped to just below that of the S&P 500.
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