Research

1 April 2020 = 27 October 2008 Redux?

Raphael Fiorentino
11th March 2020 - 4 min read

Lehman’s bankruptcy on 15 September 2008 and AIG’s 60% share price drop on the following day were setting the stage for a torrid month of October as the financial crisis went global. While most of the damages were done by the time “peak liquidity crisis” was reached in 27 October, some sectors (e.g. EU banks) never recovered.

Over the past month, the US energy sector has seen share price declines of 50% (Schlumberger, EOG) to 70% (Occidental, Cenovus) and the MSCI World Bank index dropped 33% as covid-19 went global. Is this just the beginning of a torrid month of March and can we hope for a “peak epidemic crisis” by April 1?

Autonomous [ESG] Portfolio Construction

Raphael Fiorentino
9th March 2020 - 7 min read

Butterwire’s latest feature enables users to automatically generate portfolios that meet their own investment strategy, that are built from their own stock universe, that match their target number of positions, and have the highest forecast information ratio. With this new feature, users will be able to rapidly construct tailored portfolios to both meet external (e.g. new client) and internal (e.g. reference portfolio) needs.

COVID-19, Gold and High Yield

Raphael Fiorentino
3rd March 2020 - 6 min read

Three months ago, we concluded our note “Taking stock of the recovery” with the comment that the momentum of global macro indicators was pointing to a premature end of the 2H19 recovery trade, and a likely reversal to the kind of downcycle conditions experienced since mid-2018.

Of course, things have not exactly turned out this way, as markets have started to discount the staggeringly wide range of possible outcomes from the covid-19 virus outbreak

Butterwire’s Three-Year Track Record: Delivering What and How It Set Out To Deliver

Raphael Fiorentino
10th January 2020 - 5 min read

It’s been 3 years since we launched our first website to introduce Butterwire’s approach to stock selection, portfolio construction, and global macro nowcasting, as well as to showcase what it set out to accomplish. This inaugural portfolio returned 61% to date with 0 turnover and has outperformed the MSCI ACWI index by 19%.

End of Year Feature Upgrades

Paul Sinclair
18th December 2019 - 4 min read

Details of all the new features & upgrades that have been released