SMI Defensive and Alcentra lead the pack – August performance review

Canadian convertible bond fund SMI Defensive remains the top performer YTD with a 2.69% return in August adding to its huge returns earlier in the year.

$24.1bn global asset manager Alcentra continues in second place despite suffering a fall of -2.14% in August after a stellar July. Its special situation strategy seeks to invest in undervalued, sub-investment grade credit opportunities, primarily in Europe.

David Tepper’s flagship $7.95bn Palomino fund is the top performing $1bn-plus fund, despite falling -1.73% through the month, with returns of 10.95% and Deer Park Road’s $1.6bn STS Partners Fund continues to feature highly after a flat August for the fund.

Emerging market specialist VR Global Partners rose into the top 20 with strong growth of 2.31% for the month taking the $2.8bn fund run by Richard Deitz to over 7% YTD.

Other sizeable funds in the top 20 include Pine River’s $1bn Liquid Rates Fund, rising nearly 1% in a strong August and the Finisterre Global Opportunity Fund, run by Sirushe Hewazy and Darren Walker, which was up over 1% to take YTD returns to 8.18%.

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Top Performers in August

NameFund SizeReturns
Top Credit L/S FundGracie Credit Opportunity Fund$98m3.57%
Top Convertible ARBSMI Defensive$93m2.69%
Top Fixed Income ARBHellebore Credit Arbitrage$63m2.08%
Top Distressed SecuritiesBowery Opportunity Fund$59m3.03%
Top Credit FoHFPortland Private Income Fund$11m0.59%
Top Alt Credit 40 Act FundArrow Alternative Solutions$85m1.14%
Top Fixed Income ARB UCITS fundL & G - LIBOR High Alpha Global Credit$190m1.67%

Top 20 Overall YTD (August)

NameFund sizeTotal return AugustTotal return YTD
SMI Defensive LP$93m2.69376.59
Alcentra Global Special Situations Fund€136m-2.1420.16
Stornoway Recovery Fund$23m0.3214.28
Kane Street Fund LP$96 m1.8414.04
Palomino Fund$8.1bn-1.7310.95
LMR Alpha Rates Trading Fund$255m0.6310.88
Quest Global Convertible Fund$30 m0.4710.39
Contrarian Emerging Markets Off Fund$422m0.779.75
Bowery Opportunity Fund, L.P.$59 m3.039.68
Hellebore Credit Arbitrage$63 m2.089.35
STS Partners Fund$1.6bn-0.079.29
Endeavour Pembroke Fund Limited$37 m-1.018.68
Finisterre Global Opportunity Master$937 m1.038.18
Pine River Liquid Rates Fund$1bn0.977.87
TCA Global Credit Master Fund$301 m0.987.58
Corrib Master Fund$99 m-0.407.34
VR Global Partners LP$2.8bn2.317.17
Pimco Global Credit Opportunity Fund$2.5bn0.547.04
Napier Park European Credit Opportunites€362m0.416.33
LNG Europa Credit Fund$151m-1.116.3
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