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We Cannot See Into the Future - But We Are Prepared for It.

1. Introduction
In Short
Asset Class Indices: EuroStoxx50, S&P500, Nikkei225
Investment Goal Minimum return, combine stock-market boom participation and capital preservation
Investment Idea Managing equity exposure in international stock-market indices
Implementation Quoted Long/Short Index Futures and Options
Characteristic Dual Benchmark (400BP or 25% EuroStoxx50)
+ Minimum return = 100% performance responsibility is with the management

The ARIAD Active Allocation Strategy

The continuing low base rates mean that no-risk and low-risk investments have become increasingly unattractive. In particular, the disappearance of the pension market has put private and professional investors in a seemingly hopeless predicament:

"When looking for ongoing returns,
investors are forced to risk an essential need: capital preservation"

Positive Returns in All Market Conditions

With the ARIAD Active Allocation Strategy, we want to offer investors a convincing alternative. By using Equitiy-Index exposure control and highly liquid trading instruments we are convinced that:

"Capital preservation, an attractive annual return and suitable participation in boom phases do not have to be mutually exclusive!"

Current Press Releases About the Fund

A convincing trackrecord since 2008

2. Performance

Attractive Returns with Low Volatility

The dual benchmark is particularly positive for investors and is unique - two management goals ensure that the portfolio management always displays concerted action:

Absolute-Return Target (400 BP)
Relative Performance Target (25% EuroStoxx50 TR)

The strategy has been implemented in several special mandates since 2008. Also, the strategy has been implemented as mutual fund since 01/02/16.
With special mandates, the target volatility can be adjusted to our clients' preferences.

Especially in difficult market environments like 2011 and 2015 (yellow marks), the strategy proved that efficient equity exposure control can significantly reduce losses: loss aversion is a source of performance!!

The stable return profile can also provide more planning capabilities and reduce stress for investors.

Updated: 31/01/20 Return Volatility Mod. Sharpe Ratio
YTD -0.05%
6 months -0.38%
1 year 1.39% 3.45% 0.40
3 years (p.a.) 1.09% 3.31% 0.33
5 years (p.a.) 3.12% 4.34% 0.72
Since Inception Nov. 2008 (p.a.) 7.59% 8.25% 0.92

Dual Benchmark Targets

Since inception in 2008, the strategy has not only beaten the dual benchmark most of the time, but also outperformed 100% EuroStoxx50 (TR).

The Investment Concept

3. Investment Idea

To Create an Alternative Performance Source

The ARIAD Active Allocation Strategy tries to exploit the greatest performance potential by controlling the equity-index exposure: at least partially avoiding losses or limiting them and, in lateral phases, by receiving premiums through covered option transactions.

Professional Risk Management is a Performance Source

By using highly liquid derivatives on equity indices, the strategy exploits all market phases. Regardless of whether markets rise/fall (approx. 20% of the time) or move sideways (approx. 80% of the time): ARIAD Active Allocation I can profit from this thanks to equity index exposure control.

Historical Exposure

Performance to date was achieved with an extremely low share quota - and thus also with low volatility in comparison to EuroStoxx50.

The Investment Process in Detail

  • No adding other asset classes
  • No share selection
  • Minimal liquidity risks (quoted derivatives)
  • Minimum currency risks
  • No issuer risks
  • Adjustable risk management

The Investment Process in Detail

4. The Process

Rules-based Investment Process

A decision about adjusting the equity exposure is largely taken via an intensive macroanalysis of the markets, based on a fixed scoring model, which has proved its worth. Moreover, due to the rules-based risk management, there is a gradual increase/reduction in the risk budget on the basis of the current strategy performance.

The decision-making process is implemented with extreme discipline by an expert team, each member of which has more than 30 years of professional investment experience.

Adjustable Risk Management

Among other things, the level of the equity exposure depends on the available risk budget, which is influenced by the current fund performance. This ensures that the portfolio management does not enter into any positions that are too risky and that could jeopardise the annual absolute return goal.

Videos and Documents

5. Videos (German)

The ARIAD Active Allocation Strategy has been implemented in a mutual fund since Feb.2016: The ARIAD Active Allocation I Fund

Opportunities and Risks


  • In the long term, asset building with equities is superior to any other form of financial investment. Investments in equities should therefore be in every long-term portfolio.
  • With equity index exposure control, investments should be made appropriately in accordance with the current assessed risk-return ratio so that the management can circumvent the expected market risks by adjusting the share index quota.
  • The use of quoted, _highly liquid equity futures and options _means that it is possible to potentially profit from all market situations: rising, falling and sideways market phases.
  • The desired minimum annual return (400BP, at least 4%) should enable the investor to plan.


  • Share risk: Historically, equities are subject to strong price fluctuations and thus there is a risk of price drops.
  • Interest change risk: The risk of the market interest rate changing during the term of the securities being held is associated with investments in fixed interest securities.
  • Capital market risk: The price or market value performance of financial products depends, in particular, on the performance of capital markets that are influenced by the world economy and economic and political conditions in the countries concerned.
  • Currency risk: The fund's assets may be invested in a currency other than the fund currency. If the value of this currency falls against the fund currency, the value of the fund asset falls.
  • Counterparty default risk: Losses may arise for the fund from the default of an issuer or a contracting partner against whom the fund has claims.
  • Liquidity risk: The fund may invest some of its assets in securities that are not traded on a stock exchange or a similar market.
  • Derivative risk: The fund uses derivatives, both for investment and for hedging purposes. The increased opportunities go hand in hand with increased loss risks.
6. Documents


Monthly Reporting (Updated: 31/01/20)


7. Webinar

+++ Webinar on the Strategy +++

Do you want an online presentation including a round of questions to learn more about the ARIAD Patent Equity Strategy?

Then please send an email with the reference "Webinar ARIAD Patent Share Strategy" to info@ariad.de

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