MarketFolly Custom Portfolio Update: 27.9% Annualized Returns ~ market folly

Thursday, July 2, 2009

MarketFolly Custom Portfolio Update: 27.9% Annualized Returns

Now that our MarketFolly portfolio is in full flight, we're going to begin tracking its performance on a monthly basis so readers can see how it stacks up both against the indices and other hedge funds. Firstly, for those of you unaware, we've cloned a portfolio with Alphaclone that invests in the positions of three hedge funds assembled into a collective unit: Seth Klarman's Baupost Group, Eric Mindich's Eton Park Capital, and Chris Shumway's Shumway Capital Parters. Simply put, we've created our own custom hedge fund portfolio clone. For more background on all of this, you can view our portfolio introduction here, as well as an introduction to Alphaclone here as well.

We are very proud to say that our MarketFolly custom portfolio has been included into Alphaclone's funds list and you can easily pull up our clone and invest alongside it. Why is our portfolio worth checking out? We have one answer for you: 27.9% annualized returns.


Yes, you read that correctly. Our portfolio has seen absolutely fantastic results over an expanded timeline. Our clone has been backtested from January 3rd, 2000 and has returned 27.9% on an annualized basis in our 'top 3 holdings' strategy with a 50% hedge. Our MarketFolly portfolio has seen a total return of 918.4% compared to an S&P500 total return of -25.2% over the course of the past 9 years.

The MF clone has an Alpha of 25.8, a Beta of 0.3, a Sharpe Ratio of 1.2, and a correlation to the index of 0.2. We cannot stress enough how pleased we are with this performance. Thus far in 2009, the MF clone is up 8.2% compared the S&P500 being up 3.1%, so you also have outperformance by this metric as well. Our portfolio generates alpha, is not highly correlated to the markets, and has solid annualized returns. What more could you ask for? Here is a graphic of our performance:

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As you can see, the numbers continue to speak for themselves. The green line is our portfolio and the blue line is the S&P 500. Our custom hedge fund portfolio has seen a lower max drawdown, but more volatility than the indices. There's not much else we can say at this point. We're obviously confident in our selection and are personally invested in the positions generated by our custom portfolio. Stay tuned in the coming months for further updates and head over to Alphaclone to see what positions our MarketFolly portfolio currently holds.

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