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TGF: report for Q3 2022

Critique on Current Period

As at quarter end (September 30, 2022), the S&P 500 hit a new low of 3585. This is even lower than the S&P’s bottom at the June quarter. For some perspective, the S&P is trading around the same level as mid-November in 2021. Tralucent continues to outperform its benchmark, which we take as clear proof that we are benefitting from our good stock picks and our shorts.

At the end of the June quarter, we were excited to deploy our excess cash: the correction in the markets was an opportunity to buy well-run, fundamentally sound companies at extremely compelling prices. We are seeing this newest downturn as another buying opportunity.  While we do not have an unlimited source of cash, we are in the envious and grateful position of having clients that believe in us and who continue to invest in the market during these turbulent times. In doing so, Tralucent has the ability to take advantage of these rare “sales” currently happening in the market.

The news and current state of the world are professing doom and gloom to the left and right. While we acknowledge that rising inflation, the Russian conflict, flip-flopping in the UK, and other such global disruptions are wreaking havoc on the market, it is precisely times like these that we must hold tight and ride out the wave. While we do think that the markets could possibly languish in the short term, Tralucent maintains an unwavering bullish long-term view of the market. It is absolutely unthinkable that in 3, 5, or 10 years, there will not be an upturn to gain back what has been lost, and very likely much more.

Background, Evolution, and Disclosures

A quick reminder of the inception and composition of the Tralucent Global Equity Fund

The Tralucent Global Equity Fund (TGF) was officially created on March 31, 2020, through the consolidation of holdings from approximately 260 different separately managed accounts.

Account holders were given an equivalent number of units of the TGF to the value of their holdings as of March 31, 2020. At inception, the value per unit of the TGF was $10.00.

Tralucent mandates that Tralucent management (Bill, Michelle, Irim, Tyler, Noreen, and Sarah) also contribute to the TGF. Currently, the value of Tralucent’s portfolios is approximately 4 million dollars.

TGF brings with it several benefits

Before owning shares of the TGF, your portfolio was already quite diversified. As a TGF holder you are even more diversified than before! As a unitholder of the TGF, you are an owner of almost 200 businesses from around the world. This greater diversification gives the confidence to say that it is nearly impossible – dare we say quite inconceivable – for your money to ever go to zero.

With very few exceptions, all the securities you own are established companies from around the world, from various sectors and industries, and are truly forces to be reckoned with. We firmly believe that these companies have strong management, are highly competitive in nature, and can withstand the test of time.

By reducing the number of individually managed accounts – such that most accounts are represented in the TGF – it is even easier than before for Tralucent to direct our focus to identify and buy ferociously competitive companies from all over the world that are/will be forces to be reckoned with and will continue to be such forces some fifty years from now.

Fund Performance as measured by A units

We urge investors to judge performance for as long a period as available. Short term results are highly unpredictable.

Q3 2022Down 1.57%
One year ending Q3 2022Down 8.80%
From Inception to Q3 2022Up 47.46%

Because the Fund has only existed since March 31, 2020, and in the absence of ten years of returns, investors should consider the longest history available, which is since its inception on March 31, 2020.

Although it is tempting to narrow our focus to the available history of the Fund, we urge all our clients who were rolled into the Fund from your managed account to judge the performance of your account for the entire duration of time you have been our client.

This period will be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments around the world shut their economies down to prevent the virus from spreading. It may also be remembered as a period when the stock market shrugged off the worries of economic slow down and simply marched on higher.

The historical performance of the Fund is graphically given below:

Objectives and Strategies


The Fund has an objective to generate the highest return it can, while not taking on any unnecessary or overly risky positions or stances. Over a rolling five-year period, we aim for it to grow at a rate faster than the world equity markets. If this happens, there is a high probability that this growth will exceed inflation and preserve purchasing power.


We take the approach that markets are inefficient: one can buy undervalued securities and make money when those securities are properly valued in the future. Conversely, we can identify securities that do not have the potential to appreciate and can make money by shorting such securities.

Long Strategy

Apart from short-term borrowing to facilitate withdrawals, TGF does not borrow any money.

In the TGF long portfolio – where we are owners of almost 200 stocks around the world – we buy businesses that we believe to be fiercely competitive. We at Tralucent are long term investors in companies with very high conviction, we tend to invest every dollar we can and not carry much cash.

During the fourth quarter, Tralucent did not make any notable moves.

Short Strategy

Shorting is primarily accomplished by writing call options. We encourage you to Google and learn for yourself what options are and what writing call options – particularly naked call options are. As we use the word naked, we are not being kinky. It is a strategy.

The advantage to writing call options is that we collect a premium from writing each call option. If we are wrong, the premium collected can cushion our mistake. When we are wrong, we cover our position by buying back the call and writing another one at the higher stock price.

An example would illustrate the above. When Beyond Meat was trading at $135 dollars, we sold a call option and collected $1,207 dollars in premiums (100 shares at $12.07 each) for a call with a strike price of $140. If by May 21, 2021 the stock closes below $140, we stand to gain ALL $1,207 dollars.

Another way of putting it is that if the stock goes above $152.07, then we must pay the buyer of the call the difference. Say the stock closes at $155. Then we pay $1500 dollars ({155-140}x100) and incur a loss of $293 dollars. This table should help clarify the 3 possible scenarios:

 Stock closes < 140Stock closes at 140Stock closes > 140
Premium Collected$1207$1207$1207
OutcomeKeep all premiumKeep all premiumPay difference between closing price and $140

The Fund is authorized to be short the equivalent of 50% of its equity capital. Currently the TGF is short 43 different names. This equals 42.38% of the Fund’s equity capital, calculated in a very conservation manner. On average, one position is less than 1%, which is very conservative. Each of the names are then subdivided into over a hundred sub positions.

Some notable additions to our short strategy are the so-called “meme stocks” such as GME, AMC and BB. We firmly believe that these securities do not have the potential to appreciate meaningfully in the long term. As such, we have added these names to profit from these overly hyped and overly irrational moving securities.

The profit and loss from our shorting activities over time can and will vary a lot. It is our hope that this activity will offset the management costs. Every now and then our shorting activities will lead to a loss but over long periods of time we hope that in market downturns we will gain enough to meaningfully offset some of the losses on the long side. Over long periods of time, it is our hope to enhance the fund’s total rate of return in a meaningful way.

By Q3 2022, our shorting activities yielded approximately 5.69% return.


To be clear, there is the chance that we can be wrong on both the long and short side. However, given our approach of diversifying risk across hundreds of positions, in addition to our conservatism, we believe it is unlikely that we will suffer the fate of those who are leveraged beyond reason (the current fiasco in the market is no exception either). As well, because the relative size of any given short position is rather small, even large movements against us will not result in any meaningful erosion of capital.


Although the prices of equity investments have risen handsomely in the last ten years, the earnings yield of the equity markets (around 5%-6%) have shown to be vastly superior to the prevailing yields in the fixed income markets.

We expect the equity markets to yield 5%-8% per annum over the next ten to thirty years. This is vastly superior to the paltry 1.5% yield available on long term Treasury Bonds. We remind investors that over time, the equity markets significantly outperform other asset classes. Looking ahead to the next ten years, we have little reason to believe otherwise.

As is our firm belief that equity markets are highly unpredictable over the short-term, we decline to provide any short-term outlook.

We would urge investors to remember that equity markets are not black boxes. Instead, they represent businesses run by millions of human beings that are continuously striving to be better and provide positive returns to their shareholders. It is this human aspiration to succeed which results in higher earnings of the underlying businesses and stock prices.

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