March 10, 2021
The Market Movement bucket attributed 0.46% in February. This positive return can be attributed to two main factors. First, elevated levels of volatility at the beginning and end of the month helped the Market Movement short calls collect more premium. Second, with the market rallying during the month, the Market Movement long calls were able to participate in the gains.
The Option Income bucket detracted -0.53% to the Fund in February. The main detractor in this bucket during February was the decline in the Fixed Income holdings over the month. Interest rates experienced a spike in yields which negatively impacted the Fund’s Fixed Income holdings, which outweighed the gains the Fund had in the Option Income’s underlying option strategy.
The Collared Equity bucket lost -0.19% in February. The Fund’s underlying stock holdings underperformed the overall market for the month and this underperformance, coupled with the cost of the bucket’s risk-mitigating collar, caused the Fund’s Collared Equity bucket to lag.
Overall, the Stadion Trilogy Alternative Fund A-Share lost -0.26% in February. The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index lost -1.44%, the HFRX Absolute Return Index rose 0.55%, and the S&P 500 Index increased 2.76%.
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An option gives an investor the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a stock at an agreed upon price and date.
A collar is an option strategy that limits the range of possible positive or negative returns on an underlying security to a specific range.
The S&P 500 Index is the Standard & Poor’s Composite Index of 500 stocks and is a widely recognized, unmanaged index of common stock prices.
A short call is a strategy involving a call option, which obligates the call seller to sell a security to the call buyer at the strike price if the call is exercised. A short call is a bearish trading strategy, reflecting a bet that the security underlying the option will fall in price.
Bloomberg Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Total Return Bond Index is an unmanaged index of prices of U.S. dollar-denominated investment-grade fixed income securities with remaining maturities of one year and longer.
The HFRX Absolute Return Index is designed to be representative of the overall composition of the hedge fund universe. It is comprised of all eligible hedge fund strategies; including but not limited to convertible arbitrage, distressed securities, equity hedge, equity market neutral, event driven, macro, merger arbitrage, and relative value arbitrage.
One cannot invest directly in an index.
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