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12 Nov 2008

Strong Performance For Pure Capital In October

Pure Capital Limited, a quantitatively-driven hedge fund specializing in “targeted non-correlation” saw strong performance from their “Pure Bespoke” customized portfolio solutions in October – with client account performance ranging from +4% to +10% for the month.

Pure Capital describe their “targeted non-correlation” approach as “the provision of positive investment return streams that are very low or negatively-correlated with specific geographic or asset class benchmarks”.

Pure Capital’s year-to-date average performance across all products was +26% at month-end October 2008. Medium term correlation coefficients ranged from -0.15 to -0.80.

"We have a range of quantitative techniques through which we both deconstruct and analyze portfolio performance." Anthony Limbrick, Pure Capital’s Chief Investment Officer said, "Once portfolio performance drivers have been specified, customized portfolio solutions are built using a series of proprietary building blocks, each of which is designed to address specific types of pay-offs".

In September the Paris-based EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre published a report on overlay hedging in fund of funds. The report, authored by David E. Kuenzi, Remy Chaudhuri and Zhihui Dong of Glenwood Capital investments concluded that “a hedging capability removes a significant constraint from FoFs” and “should have the net result of improving alpha, allowing for more unique and idiosyncratic portfolios, and for more creative structured products”.

Limbrick highlighted the benefits to a European fund of fund of implementing a Pure Bespoke solution - “if one were to use the Eurekahedge European fund of funds index as a fund of fund proxy, our Pure European BetaMatch program could have reduced fund of fund losses from almost 19% year-to-date to less than 1%. Not only would performance have been improved, but there would have also been more cash available for redemption needs. We also give our clients the choice of upside beta exposure if they require it”.

In response to a question regarding the type of client exposures hedged by the Pure Capital, Limbrick said the Pure Bespoke portfolio solutions typically address “pervasive equity beta exposures or potential gap risk issues but we do look forward to widening the approach to address a range of more exotic or dynamic exposures”.

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