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·            the size of the client’s financial instrument portfolio exceeds EUR 500,000;

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·            the investor has carried out transactions, in significant size, on the relevant market at an average frequency of 10 per quarter over the previous four quarters;

·            the size of the investor’s financial instrument portfolio exceeds EUR 500,000;

·            the investor works or has worked in the financial sector for at least one year in a professional position, which requires knowledge of the transactions or services envisaged.

 

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The costs of hedging via put options spiked as populist candidates strengthened in the weeks leading up to the French elections. Now the result is known, what’s next?

Though we’ve avoided the most extreme outcome - a far left (Melenchon), far right (Le Pen) run-off - we still have an extreme outcome, with neither of the candidates from the mainstream political parties making it through. Although the markets came out swinging in relief this morning, Frexit remains a possibility.

There are more potential flashpoints ahead including the 8 June election in the UK and German elections in the autumn. Italian elections remain a potential wildcard. Respite may be short-lived, costs may rise further.

 

Building better portfolios

Construct your portfolios differently and you can save yourself from paying over the odds. The Lyxor FTSE Europe Minimum Variance UCITS ETF comes with a TER of just 0.20% (as at 21 April 2017). It’s the cheapest of its kind. But what makes it special is what you get for that cost.

Most traditional volatility reducers tend to concentrate on a relatively narrow number of predominantly large-cap stocks. But why would you add one risk (concentration) to replace another, especially with mid-caps and broad indices having proven less volatile than ultra-liquid large-caps over the last few years?

The FTSE strategy adheres to some of the strictest diversification targets in the industry, so you hold at least twice as many stocks as you would in any of the other similar strategies available today. It leads to fewer specific risks, fewer valuation and crowding issues and more consistent performance. 


Dealing with downside

The crucial part of the strategy is of course risk reduction. Because the strategy takes volatility, correlations and diversification targets (retain 55-70% of original universe) into account, it tackles risk in a way few other volatility reducers can match. Maximum stock and sector weights of 1.5 and 20% respectively complete the picture. Over the last ten years, the European strategy has reduced risk by just over 24%1.
 

 

Up, up & away

Greater diversification comes with another, less obvious, benefit. Holding more stocks means expanding the opportunity set to include smaller large-caps and some mid-caps so, when markets rise, FTSE’s strategy tends to capture more of those gains than any of its competitors. Indeed, in 5 of the last 9 up years, it has led the way. Should markets rally, this could be your play.

Choosing minimum variance doesn’t mean compromising on performance. Our strategy has delivered annualised excess return of 2.7% vs. the benchmark over the last 10 years. That’s a best-in-class result2.

 


​Having differences is good

The index, which is rebalanced semi-annually, throws up some natural differences between the parent (FTSE Developed Europe) and the minimum variance index. It’s no surprise that sectors like banks, oil & gas and automobiles are significant sector underweights, but it might come as a surprise that a relative equity “safe haven” like Germany is the second largest underweight at the country level. 

 


​Rule (out) Britannia

By far the biggest underweight however is the UK, which could prove beneficial now Theresa May has called the June 8 election. Nor should we overlook the Brexit burden and the way UK companies’ earnings could be affected. We believe the complacency we are seeing today is misplaced.  The FTSE Russell strategy has less exposure to the UK than any of its peers. 

 


What happens when politics trumps everything else?

The 12 months to the end of February offer a guide as to how our strategy, and others, might perform in markets more driven by politics than economics or company fundamentals. There’s every chance we’ll see more of the same this year.

 


​No need to concentrate quite so hard 
 

 
 

Source: Lyxor, Bloomberg. Data period 16/02/07-16/02/17. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.

Improve your long-term results

Adding the FTSE Russell strategy to your portfolio could lead to better outcomes. Take a portfolio that’s split equally between European bonds and equities – replacing 30% of the equity allocation with our strategy would have reduced volatility by 12.2% while delivering excess cumulative returns of 7.5% over the last decade3

Find out more

 

1 & 2 Lyxor/Bloomberg. Data from 30/03/07 to 31/03/17. Past performance is no guide to future returns. Opinions expressed are as at April 2017.
3 Lyxor/Bloomberg. Data from 28/02/07 to 28/02/17. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns  

This communication is for professional clients only.
This document is for the exclusive use of investors acting on their own account and categorised either as “Eligible Counterparties” or “Professional Clients” within the meaning of Markets In Financial Instruments Directive 2004/39/EC. 
This document is of a commercial nature and not of a regulatory nature. This document does not constitute an offer, or an invitation to make an offer, from Société Générale, Lyxor International Asset Management or any of their respective affiliates or subsidiaries to purchase or sell the product referred to herein.
We recommend to investors who wish to obtain further information on their tax status that they seek assistance from their tax advisor. The attention of the investor is drawn to the fact that the net asset value stated in this document (as the case may be) cannot be used as a basis for subscriptions and/or redemptions. The market information displayed in this document is based on data at a given moment and may change from time to time. The figures relating to past performances refer or relate to past periods and are not a reliable indicator of future results. This also applies to historical market data. The potential return may be reduced by the effect of commissions, fees, taxes or other charges borne by the investor. 
Lyxor International Asset Management (Lyxor ETF), société par actions simplifiée having its registered office at Tours Société Générale, 17 cours Valmy, 92800 Puteaux (France), 418 862 215 RCS Nanterre, is authorized and regulated by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) under the UCITS Directive and the AIFM Directive (2011/31/EU). Lyxor ETF is represented in the UK by Lyxor Asset Management UK LLP, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK under Registration Number 435658.