V2 Capital, an SEC-registered investment advisor, has received a USD200m allocation from a Fortune 500 insurance company to the V2 Hedged Equity Strategy.
The investment was allocated during the fourth quarter of 2013 and is now fully deployed in the strategy.
The V2 Hedged Equity Strategy combines a long concentrated portfolio of US equities with a custom tailored short portfolio of index options. The equities represent the “best ideas” generated by the firm through fundamental bottoms-up research while the short option positions are selected based on the current volatility environment. The active management of the strategy is designed to generate alpha, manage net exposure, reduce volatility of returns, and provide some downside protection.
Victor Viner, founder, president and chief investment officer of V2 Capital, says: “The latest allocation validates our belief that the V2 Hedged Equity Strategy should be a core equity holding for institutional investors. The strategy is designed to produce attractive risk-adjusted returns throughout a market cycle. As we move forward in 2014, we are focused on providing our institutional investors with low volatility returns that maximize upside participation while also limiting the downside potential of the market.”
The V2 Hedged Equity Strategy aims to produce consistent results throughout a market cycle, and tends to outperform the S&P 500 in most market conditions. The consistency of returns is achieved with reduced volatility, which translates into lower drawdowns. The strategy ranks among the top nine per cent of all equity hedge funds reporting to the HFR database for risk-adjusted returns (Sharpe Ratio and Sortino Ratio) and among the top 17 per cent for annualised absolute return, calculated from August 2010 through December 2013.