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The Tralucent Global Alt (Long/Short) Equity Fund
("The Fund")

Summary

The Fund has existed since March 2020 as an Offering Memorandum fund, offering A, M, and F classes. It is now being offered with a prospectus and an additional class on the TSX – symbol TGAF. The Fund offers immense value with its notable risk adjusted returns and very competitive fees.

Brief Overview and History

The Fund was created on March 31, 2020 as an Offering Memorandum fund under the name Tralucent Global Equity Fund with three original classes: Class A, M, and F. These three classes continue to be available on FundServ as TGF110, TGF120, and TGF 130 respectively.

On October 11, 2023 The Fund was relaunched after issuing a Simplified Prospectus as the Tralucent Global Alt (Long/Short) Equity Fund with one additional class - the ETF - to trade on the TSX.

On November 16th, 2023, Tralucent launched the ETF class, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the ticker TGAF. The ETF is available for purchase by anyone with access to the TSX.

Why Short?

Shorting allows the Fund to benefit from declining security prices, to potentially add to the rate of return, and to dampen the volatility when security prices are declining. Specifically, shorting activities between March 2020 and September 2023 have added almost 10 percentage points of value to the Fund’s unitholders. Most of this return came during 2022 when overall markets declined as much as 30 percent.

The Alt (Long/Short) – and why be Both

The Alt refers to Liquid Alternative. This is a type of mutual fund that allows the fund to take on leverage up to 300 percent of the value of the Fund. It also permits the Fund to short up to 50% of the value of the fund. By employing both strategies, the Fund is able to enjoy lowered volatility and an enhanced rate of return.

The Fund is a hedge fund

As the Fund has the ability to take on leverage and the ability to go short, it is a hedge fund. Investors must note that this is a hedge fund in the liquid alternative category.

Exemptive Relief to use History since March 2020

The Fund obtained exemptive relief to use its performance history since inception (March 2020) as the mutual fund materially follows the same strategy that it has followed since its inception.

Considered a Top Contender

A significant accomplishment of the Fund is its consideration as a top contender for two categories at the Canadian Hedge Funds Awards in October 2023 across Equity Focused Hedge Funds. These categories were:

1. Best one-year return (June 2022 to June 2023)
2. Best three-year Sharpe ratio (June 2020 to June 2023)

It is very important for investors to bear in mind that past performance is no guarantee for future performance and such outperformances can never be assured.

What does the Fund Contain?

The fund is 100% long and 40% short. It is comprised of over 200 long positions – predominantly mid and large cap global US based companies – and 46 short positions.

The Nature of What You Own and Short

The Fund buys – with very few exceptions – established companies from around the world, from various sectors and industries. These companies have strong management, are highly competitive in nature and can withstand the test of time.

Conversely, the Fund is short securities that do not present the potential to appreciate over time.

No Performance Fees

The Fund does not charge any performance fees. It charges management fees and trading costs.  Management fees vary by each class. The manager pays for all other administration charges. This may change in future without notice.

Class A (TGF110)

This class is available on FundServ, and has a MER of 2.06%.
FundServ units are available thru advisers. Please ask your adviser if they are able to purchase these units for you.

Please find below the performance of Class A Units since inception.

Historical Performance of TGF110 as at June 30, 2024

CAD Return (%)
1 Month 3 Month 6 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception
TGF110 3.22% 5.20% 12.90% 12.90% 22.09% 12.25% -    -    20.86%
MSCI ACWI 2.60% 3.96% 15.18% 15.18% 23.41% 8.98% - - 15.98%

Class M (TGF120)

This class is available on FundServ and has a MER of 1.71%.
FundServ units are available thru advisers to investors who have more than 1 million Canadian dollars to invest.  Please ask your adviser if they are able to purchase these units for you.

Please find below the performance of Class M Units since inception.

Historical Performance of TGF120 as at June 30, 2024

CAD Return (%)
1 Month 3 Month 6 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception
TGF120 3.18% 5.23% 13.04% 13.04% 22.46% 12.65% -    -    21.30%
MSCI ACWI 2.60% 3.96% 15.18% 15.18% 23.41% 8.98% - - 15.98%

Class F (TGF130)

This class is available on FundServ and has a MER of 0.97%.
FundServ units are available thru advisers. Please ask your adviser if they are is able to purchase these units for you.

 

Please find below the performance of Class F Units since inception.

Historical Performance of TGF130 as at June 30, 2024

CAD Return (%)
1 Month 3 Month 6 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception
TGF130 3.31% 5.50% 13.54% 13.54% 23.41% 13.49% -    -    22.20%
MSCI ACWI 2.60% 3.96% 15.18% 15.18% 23.41% 8.98% - - 15.98%

ETF Class (TGAF)

This class is available for purchase on the TSX under the symbol TGAF and has an MER of 0.97%.
It can be purchased by anyone with access to the TSX.

This class is a replica of TGF130 and, with regulatory relief, we present historical performance of TGF130.

Historical Performance of TGAF ETF as at June 30, 2024

CAD Return (%)
1 Month 3 Month 6 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception
TGF130 3.31% 5.50% 13.54% 13.54% 23.42% 13.49% -    -    22.20%
MSCI ACWI 2.60% 3.96% 15.18% 15.18% 23.41% 8.98% - - 15.98%

Tralucent obtained exemptive relief to use historical data of TGF130 to be used as the historical performance of TGAF. Both classes TGF130  and ETF class have precisely similar expense ratios.

 

Prior to October 11, 2023, the Fund was offered via offering memorandum only and the Fund was not a reporting issuer during such prior period. The expenses of the Fund would have been higher during such prior period had the Fund been subject to the additional regulatory requirements applicable to a reporting issuer. Tralucent has obtained exemptive relief on behalf of the Fund to permit the disclosure of the prior performance data for the Fund for the time period prior to it becoming a reporting issuer. For greater clarity, the exemptive relief allows the Class E units of the Fund to disclose performance data that shows how the Class A units of the Fund have performed from March 31, 2020 to September 9, 2021 and the Class F units of the Fund have performed from September 9, 2021 to November 15, 2023.

 

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder that would have reduced returns. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

Greater diversification

As a unit holder of the TGF, you are now an owner of more than 200 businesses from around the world.

As you have heard us say time and again, a well diversified portfolio like the TGF gives us the confidence to say that it is inconceivable to think that your money would ever go to zero.

TGF Current Top 10 Long and Top 10 Short Investments (JUN 28, 2024)

Top 10 Longs Top 10 Shorts
NVIDIA Corporation Reddit Inc.
Broadcom Inc. Manhattan Associates, Inc. 
ALPHABET INC Palantir Technologies Inc. 
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY GameStop Corp.
Microsoft Corporation New York Times Co.
Blackstone Inc. Robinhood Markets Inc.
Meta Platforms, Inc. Exxon Mobil Corporation 
Amazon.com, Inc. iShares Silver Trust
Dell Technologies Inc. Wingstop Inc. 

Tralucent’s management efforts

The most notable act on our part has been our dedication to research. We have always refused to cave to unpredictable short term noise and use our knowledge to make sound decisions for the long term. We are diligently working at capturing returns on both the long and short side.

Our advice

You want a strong investment option in your portfolio - align yourself with Tralucent and know that we are working daily at providing the best returns we can while enjoying reduced (medium rated) volatility at the same time.

We recommend you either maintain or increase your TGF holdings at every opportunity that you have!

Our excitement

We are thrilled that the TGF has our interests and performance 100% aligned with our investors. We will continue to strive for higher gains through our enhanced focus and use of shorting strategies for poorly run companies. We will talk of such strategies in future commentaries.

Please reach out

As always, we are more than welcome to discuss any of this further via a telephone call or Zoom chat. Please do not hesitate to ever reach out.

Our outlook into the future

The stock market will continue to grow and reach higher highs. Over time, equity markets significantly outperform all other asset classes, and within that, the ferociously competitive companies come out on top. Within the Fund, we direct our focus to identify and buy those ferociously competitive, diverse and global companies.

Conversely, the stock market has shown that it is not entirely efficient and there are opportunities to identify those companies that are currently overvalued as well.