SMI Defensive and Alcentra lead the pack – October performance review

Canadian convertible bond fund SMI Defensive and $24.1bn global asset manager Alcentra remained in the top two positions during October, in a month in which a number of funds bounced back from a tough fall with double-digit returns. SMI Defensive is well ahead for the year to date with returns of 358.02%.

Alcentra returned 1.58% in October to take returns for the year to 24.41% while Copernico Capital Partners’ Latin America Strategic Fund was up 5.67% for the month to take YTD returns to 18.48%. The Argentinian-based hedge fund has a primary event-driven strategy looking for mispriced securities in the region, alongside momentum trades and a range of fixed income instruments.

Distressed debt fund Stornoway Recovery Fund continued its strong performance for the year while Paris-based Hellebore Credit Arbitrage, which launched last year and targets investments across credit derivatives, dropped slightly for the month but is still up nearly 15% YTD.

Russian fund VR Global is the top $1bn-plus performer with a 5.64% return in October taking YTD returns to 13.41% while David Tepper’s flagship $7.8bn Palomino fund remains high in the rankings and Pine River’s $1bn Liquid Rates Fund moves into the top 10 with 1.15% growth for the month taking YTD returns
to 9.63%.

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Top Performers in October

NameFund SizeReturns
Top Credit L/S FundCheyne Total Return Credit Fund$195M10.82%
Top Convertible ARBPerinvest Convertible$30M9.53%
Top Fixed Income ARBBlackRock Obsidian Onshore$2.1BN2.50%
Top Distressed SecuritiesAstra Sicav€8M5.74%
Top Credit FoHFIIA Leveraged High Yield Fund$16M25.13%
Top Alt Credit 40 Act FundWHV / Acuity Tactical Credit Long/Short$54M3.21%
Top Fixed Income ARB UCITS fundAntecedo – Independent Invest€181M28.86%

Top 20 Overall YTD (October)

NameFund sizeTotal return OctoberTotal return YTD
SMI Defensive LP$90m-4.47358.02
Alcentra Global Special Situations Fund€137m1.5824.41
Copernico Latin America Strategic$81 m5.6718.48
Stornoway Recovery Fund$25m0.7515.93
Hellebore Credit Arbitrage$66 m-0.8514.71
VR Global Offshore Fund$1.9bn5.6413.41
Quest Global Convertible Fund LTD$30 m1.0811.46
Pine River Liquid Rates Fund$1bn1.159.63
Sweetwater Investments Income Flood$87 m0.939.60
Endeavour Pembroke Fund Limited$37 m-1.539.38
Palomino Fund$7.8bn-0.679.06
TCA Global Credit Master Fund$321 m0.228.58
STS Partners Fund$1,520 m-0.978.43
Portland Private Income Fund$15m0.867.66
Napier Park European Credit Opportunites€364m0.367.29
Platinum Partners Credit Opp Fund$317 m0.577.11
BCA Alternative Income Fund$30m0.667.10
The Third Friday Total Return Fund$23 m2.327.09
Spinnaker Global Emerging Markets K1$992 m2.216.89
Axa private selection open bonds€31m
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