“World’s Most Bearish Hedge Fund” Reveals Its New Big Short

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It has not been a great 12 months for the “world’s most bearish hedge fund“, Horseman International, which after dropping one other 1.three% in November is now down -5.three% YTD, which is probably to be anticipated for a fund which was web brief -74.four% in November (and gross -137%) in a 12 months which a minimum of till lately, most shares made new all time highs.

Nonetheless, the luck for Horseman, and its CIO Russell Clark could also be about to show as a result of because the fund reveals in its November letter, it’s brief exactly the one sector that’s getting completely pounded proper now, specifically semiconductors, which after yesterday’s abysmal steering from Micron, tumbled greater than four% at present to the bottom stage since September 2017.

To make certain, whereas the Fed had been down double digits till September, issues reversed and as Clark writes, “October and November have been pleasing in a means, as the most important single brief sector within the fund has began to commerce in a means that’s beneficial to us, and pushed by lots of the elements that we recognized earlier within the 12 months. Throughout November, we had Apple suppliers warning that development was slowing, whereas Nvidia additionally warned on earnings because the collapsing cryptocurrency value lastly impacted on demand for top finish semiconductors. We additionally proceed to see declining costs for reminiscence chips (Apple is the most important purchaser).”

Certainly, all these developments have solely prolonged favorably for Horseman up to now few weeks, and as Clark notes, “despite the fact that the broader semiconductor index bounced into month finish on the again of a dovish Federal Reserve and potential commerce struggle truce, the underlying dynamics nonetheless look horrible.”

And between the slowdown at Apple, which “has solely simply begun” whereas Bitcoin persevering with to tumble and making life for Nvidia much more sophisticated, Clark notes that “the political dynamics between China and US make it onerous to be bullish on semiconductors.”

Which is why Horseman is assured that semiconductors are the “huge brief” for the present market cycle and is why it maintains it “as our largest single brief space.

To make certain, the fairly bearish Horseman has had its trials up to now a number of years, with Clark writing that “being an honest brief vendor throughout essentially the most epic bull market of all time (a minimum of within the US) is like being sommelier at Oktoberfest.However now that the bear market seems to be lastly ending, and the Fed in now rush to show dovish, Clark may get pleasure from some lengthy overdue accolades for having a few of the most authentic concepts lately. All that he wanted was a little bit luck and a flip available in the market. Each could have simply struck.

For extra particulars, we repost his newest letter to shoppers in its entirety.

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Your fund misplaced 1.32%. Losses on the lengthy guide the place not compensated by beneficial properties within the brief guide and foreign money guide.

I began working for UBS Non-public Banking in Sydney on Valentine’s Day 2000. I nonetheless bear in mind going to my first morning assembly and being launched to the mannequin portfolio for shoppers. On the time, the worldwide portfolio included Broadcom, Worldcom, Nortel Networks, Vodafone, Nokia, Sony and NTT Docomo amongst others. All of the discuss was in regards to the web, cell phones, media corporations, routers, switches and different issues I knew nothing a lot about. I used to be so taken with know-how, that I ploughed my first pay cheque right into a bunch of Australian know-how shares. In fact, they then fell to roughly zero.

This reasonably painful expertise has led me to at all times have a motive for why I purchase a inventory, and to have a motive for why I’ll promote them. Through the years, this has meant I’ve a reasonably respectable report for brief promoting. In fact, being an honest brief vendor throughout essentially the most epic bull market of all time (a minimum of within the US) is like being sommelier at Oktoberfest.

October and November have been pleasing in a means, as the most important single brief sector within the fund has began to commerce in a means that’s beneficial to us, and pushed by lots of the elements that we recognized earlier within the 12 months. Throughout November, we had Apple suppliers warning that development was slowing, whereas Nvidia additionally warned on earnings because the collapsing cryptocurrency value lastly impacted on demand for top finish semiconductors. We additionally proceed to see declining costs for reminiscence chips (Apple is the most important purchaser). So despite the fact that the broader semiconductor index bounced into month finish on the again of a dovish Federal Reserve and potential commerce struggle truce, the underlying dynamics nonetheless look horrible. After the late month rally, the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index is now solely off 10% from all time highs, however the slowdown at Apple has solely simply begun, and Bitcoin has fallen one other 30% in November. Moreover, the political dynamics between China and US make it onerous to be bullish on semiconductors. We preserve it as our largest single brief space.

Throughout November we noticed a pointy fall in oil costs, and a pointy rally in pure gasoline costs. That isn’t one thing I’ve ever seen earlier than. In 2014 to 2016 pure gasoline and oil costs fell collectively. Whereas the transfer in oil could possibly be bullish for shares globally, the transfer in pure gasoline costs should not good for the US. We determined to scale back our publicity to our very profitable auto and auto half shorts and transfer the brief guide to aerospace. I defined in a latest Market View why defence spending to the aerospace business appears in danger. On the civilian facet, decrease gasoline prices cut back the demand for gasoline environment friendly new planes. This change is already paying dividends for the fund.

Additionally, the autumn in oil costs and rise in gasoline costs will in all probability be extra unfavorable for the US than wherever else. Decrease oil will sluggish funding, whereas increased gasoline costs will elevate prices for a complete vary of US industries. That is starting to seem like the set off for the US greenback to lastly weaken.

6 months after I joined UBS in Sydney half of my colleagues had been let go. There was no signal that bother was brewing after I joined (a jokester could say hiring me was a great signal of high) however on reflection, in 2000 an inverted yield curve, and the deflating of web shares that had began in January had been good lead indicators, so was the lack of the Sox Index to make new highs. If we change web shares with cryptocurrencies, then I feel it matches carefully. I additionally distinctly bear in mind in 2000 the primary economist at UBS pushing the US as “stronger for longer”. I discover related evaluation widespread now. Simply because it was in 2000, the financial system could be stronger for longer, however the inventory market is just not the financial system.

Your fund is brief developed markets, lengthy fundamental supplies.

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