smGRO.IB™ : Small Cap Growth Portfolio

Managed by IB Asset Management

6.0% Last 30 days 5.3% Last 90 days - Last 365 days - Sharpe Ratio - Max Drawdown

smGRO.IB™ : Small Cap Growth Portfolio

Managed by IB Asset Management

6.0% Last 30 days 5.3% Last 90 days - Last 365 days - Sharpe Ratio - Max Drawdown
Risk score
Strategy Smart Beta
AUM fee 0.08%
Requirements
• Investment minimum: $5,000
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The Small Cap Growth portfolio is a portfolio designed to systematically deliver return and risk characteristics of small cap growth stocks within the US equity market. The portfolio is implemented using a rules-based approach and offered at a relatively low cost.

Research

A factor-based approach to portfolio construction is grounded in academic research. The goal is to achieve an alternative risk-return profile, which is more attractive than a simple capitalization-weighted index such as the Russell 2000. IB Asset Management has undertaken research and back-testing to decide on the fundamental factors and rules used to construct this portfolio.

Approach

The portfolio is constructed using a rules-based algorithm to determine position allocations. The portfolio is rebalanced quarterly and stocks exhibiting attractive growth characteristics have a greater chance of being included.

Allocation discipline

The portfolio will target an allocation of 300 long positions. Stocks with attractive growth ratios receive higher allocations, and both trailing and forward earnings growth measures are considered when determining allocations. Even if a company reports better than expected past results, analyst forward estimates are also important in determining attractiveness of the stock. As a form of risk control, the portfolio construction process is designed to penalize high volatility in stocks and avoid excessive concentration in single sectors of the market.

Sell discipline

Sell decisions will be based only upon the quarterly rebalance criteria: stocks sold are replaced by stocks with more attractive growth characteristics.

Exceptions

Positions in stocks undergoing corporate actions may be sold or adjusted.

All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. This information was calculated on October 17, 2017.

Daily returns
Performance
Russell 2000
S&P 500
Manager (net of fees )
Last 30 days 6.0% 2.4% 4.6%
Last 90 days 5.3% 3.5% 3.9%
Last 365 Days - 20.4% 23.7%
Since inception 8.8% 12.7% 8.2%
2017 (YTD) 10.3% 14.3% 10.4%

This hypothetical performance data is calculated over the period April 30, 1999 to November 30, 2016

Summary (Annualized)
13.3% 1 year 7.7% 3 year 14.3% 5 year 6.4% 10 year 10.8% Since inception
Daily returns
Performance (Annualized)
S&P 500
Manager (net of fees )
1 year 13.3% 5.7%
3 year 7.7% 6.8%
5 year 14.3% 12.0%
10 year 6.4% 4.6%
Since inception 10.8% 3.1%
Risk metrics
S&P 500
Manager (net of fees )
Volatility 16.7% 14.8%
Sharpe Ratio 0.62 0.18
Sortino Ratio 0.85 0.24
Maximum Drawdown -54.5% -52.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -7.6% -7.2%
Additional metrics
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.8%
Alpha 7.84
Beta 0.93
R-Squared 0.7%

Hypothetical disclosure

It is important that you review these disclosures about the Hypothetical Back-Tested Results you are about to review. Please do not close or navigate away from this screen until you review the important disclosures below.

BY VIEWING THIS PAGE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE DISCLOSURES.

Limitations of hypothetical back-tested results

You have opted to view hypothetical back-tested results for this portfolio.

These hypothetical back-tested returns are NOT actual results based on actual trading of real client funds for any time periods before December 20, 2016. These hypothetical back-tested results are not based on nor bear any relation to the actual performance of any Interactive Brokers Asset Management client portfolio. Covestor Ltd is doing business as Interactive Brokers Asset Management and is referred to throughout this disclosure as “IBKRAM”.

IBKRAM does not make any representation that any client will or is likely to achieve results similar to the hypothetical results presented here. No IBKRAM client actually attained these hypothetical results. These hypothetical back-tested results are not an indicator of the future returns a client will realize by investing in this portfolio. Actual results in an IBKRAM client account employing this strategy could differ significantly from these back-tested hypothetical results depending on factors such as: broad stock market performance, factor returns, available liquidity, interest rates, economic growth, transaction costs, and other market factors.

HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS HAVE MANY INHERENT LIMITATIONS, SOME OF WHICH ARE DESCRIBED BELOW. NO REPRESENTATION IS BEING MADE THAT ANY ACCOUNT WILL OR IS LIKELY TO ACHIEVE PROFITS OR LOSSES SIMILAR TO THOSE SHOWN. IN FACT, THERE ARE FREQUENTLY SHARP DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS AND THE ACTUAL RESULTS SUBSEQUENTLY ACHIEVED BY ANY PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM. ONE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS IS THAT THEY ARE GENERALLY PREPARED WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT. IN ADDITION, HYPOTHETICAL TRADING DOES NOT INVOLVE FINANCIAL RISK, AND NO HYPOTHETICAL TRADING RECORD CAN COMPLETELY ACCOUNT FOR THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL RISK IN ACTUAL TRADING. FOR EXAMPLE, THE ABILITY TO WITHSTAND LOSSES OR TO ADHERE TO A PARTICULAR TRADING PROGRAM IN SPITE OF TRADING LOSSES ARE MATERIAL POINTS WHICH CAN ALSO ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS. THERE ARE NUMEROUS OTHER FACTORS RELATED TO THE MARKETS IN GENERAL OR TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY SPECIFIC TRADING PROGRAM WHICH CANNOT BE FULLY ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE PREPARATION OF HYPOTHETICAL PERFORMANCE RESULTS ALL OF WHICH CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT ACTUAL TRADING RESULTS.

IBKRAM has provided back-tested hypothetical results for this portfolio for informational and educational purposes only.

This portfolio was launched on IBKRAM on December 20, 2016. Any return information about this portfolio pertaining to any time periods before December 20, 2016 is based on hypothetical back-tested results. Hypothetical back-tested results and related risk metrics are calculated and presented separately from performance and risk metrics based on trading of actual funds.

There is an important distinction between the method used to calculate hypothetical and actual returns for this portfolio. Hypothetical back-tested returns before December 20, 2016 are calculated on a month-end basis with this monthly series of hypothetical returns then used as basis for calculating the various risk and return metrics presented. (See detailed discussion of the calculation of hypothetical returns in the section below, IBKRAM 's back-testing calculation methodology and assumptions). This is different from the returns based on actual trading of this portfolio starting on December 20, 2016 which are calculated daily, as for all the other portfolios on the IBKRAM platform. Consequently, the month-end calculation of hypothetical back-tested results for this portfolio may limit their comparability to the daily calculation of actual returns.

Limitations of back-testing generally

Back-testing uses historical data to test the viability of a particular investment strategy, and attempts to indicate how a product constructed with the benefit of hindsight would have performed during a certain period in the past if the product had been in existence during that time. Specifically, back-tested results are hypothetical and do not reflect actual trading or the effect of material economic and market factors on the investment process, and back-testing does not place any client money at risk.

Based on criteria applied retroactively with the benefit of hindsight and knowledge of factors that may have positively affected the results of the portfolio, back-tested results cannot account for all financial risk or other market factors that may affect the actual performance of this portfolio.

Since trades have not actually been executed, results may have under- or over-compensated for the impact, if any, of certain market factors, such as the effect of limited trading liquidity, and may not reflect the impact that certain economic or market factors may have had on the investment process. Further, back-testing carries the additional risk that the security selection and portfolio construction processes have been overfitted or adjusted to maximize past hypothetical returns in order to present the investment strategy in a favorable light. Actual performance in a client account could thus differ significantly from back-tested performance.

IBKRAM's back-testing calculation methodology and assumptions

These hypothetical back-tested results reflect the deduction of advisory fees, brokerage or other commissions and other expenses that an IBKRAM client would have to pay if he invested in this portfolio after the launch date.

Both for purposes of actual trading and for purposes of calculating these hypothetical back-tested results, this portfolio only invests in securities that trade on a US stock exchange. Options, futures, commodities, derivatives, leverage and shorting are not used in this portfolio.

IBKRAM calculated these hypothetical back-tested results by retroactively applying a model designed on the basis of historical data with the benefit of hindsight, and based on assumptions integral to the model, which may or may not be testable and are subject to losses. IBKRAM tested various fundamental factors with the goal of delivering systematic exposure to different risk premiums available. IBKRAM constructed this portfolio by selecting securities with attractive fundamental characteristics. IBKRAM's analysis involved creating and systematically rebalancing quarterly a hypothetical portfolio to test the quantitative validity of the factor-based strategy. This model used historical price and fundamental metric data going back to April 30, 1999. When data for a security became unavailable because, for instance, a stock stopped trading for any reason, e.g., bankruptcy, merger or acquisition, or the trading data for the stock was unavailable for an open position, IBKRAM assumed the security was closed at the last monthly price. Hypothetical trading activity took into account brokerage commissions, other transaction fees and an estimation of spread cost for each security.

To calculate these hypothetical returns, IBKRAM started with a hypothetical investment amount of $5,000. Using historical fundamental data supplied by Thomson Reuters WorldScope database (described here: https://www.rimes.com/data/thomson-reuters-worldscope/), IBKRAM then ran its investment process as if it had been investing in and trading the portfolio starting on April 30, 1999. IBKRAM then calculated the number of shares to hypothetically trade in each security selected, and the commissions and other associated transaction costs.

For purposes of this calculation, IBKRAM used a modified version of Interactive Brokers LLC’s standard tiered commission structure, which we believe facilitates efficient investing and is also applicable to actual trading in this portfolio. Under this structure, IB charges $0.0035 per share in commissions based on the whole “basket” of securities in a client’s Smart Beta investment rather than on each security. Generally, IB charges a minimum commission for the basket of all securities orders in a client account equal to the lower of $5 or 0.05% of trade value, if more than the standard tiered commissions charge of $0.0035 per aggregated shares in the client basket. Interactive Brokers commissions are capped at 0.5% of the value of the basket trade.

To provide a more conservative estimate of the price at which IBKRAM could have bought or sold a security in the past, during the time periods covered by the hypothetical back-tested returns, IBKRAM used recent data of the bid-ask spread for each security to calculate a more realistic trading price. This generally led to a higher price for purchases and a lower price for sales, thus providing a more conservative, realistic estimate of the trade price used to calculate hypothetical back-tested returns.

IBKRAM calculated these hypothetical returns on a monthly basis. At the end of each month, IBKRAM used the price of each position multiplied by the units of each position to calculate the value of the portfolio. IBKRAM rebalanced the portfolio quarterly by calculating its new target portfolio allocations and generating the trades required by calculating the difference between the new and old position. This process was then continued for each period until IBKRAM reached the end of the period covered by the hypothetical back-test.

IBKRAM calculated the return for each monthly period as the difference in portfolio value over the period. For example, if:

  1. The portfolio value on May 31, 2014 was $10,000 and the portfolio value on June 30, 2014 was $12,500
  2. IBKRAM calculated the hypothetical return for the month of June 2014 to be 25% following this formula:
    1. Period return = (month end value - prior month end value) / prior month end value
    2. Period return = ($12,500 - $10,000) / $10,000 = 25%

IBKRAM then used this time series of monthly returns to derive the hypothetical returns and risk metrics presented for the entire time period covered by the back-test. These hypothetical returns and risk metrics are static in nature, calculated once and will not change or update in the future unless the applicable advisory fees or brokerage commissions increase at which time IBKRAM will recalculate the hypothetical back-tested returns based on those revised advisory fees and/or commissions.

The model IBKRAM used to calculate these hypothetical back-tested returns assumes that the markets were sufficiently liquid to execute trades in the US equity market, subject to the above referenced recent bid-ask spread data for each security used to calculate a more realistic trading price that IBKRAM could have achieved. The model also assumes no external cash flows into the portfolio (i.e., investments into or withdrawals from the portfolio). These hypothetical back-tested results also reflect an estimate of dividends based on a weighted average of dividend yield for all positions held during each period. Namely, IBKRAM used an end-of-quarter dividend yield value for each stock in the portfolio and aggregated all those dividend yield values across the portfolio based on security weight. IBKRAM then divided the quarterly value by three to calculate a monthly value used in the return calculation.

IBKRAM makes no representations and warranties as to the reasonableness of any of these assumptions.

IBKRAM does not guarantee that there will be sufficient liquidity to implement this model or that the model will work and attain results similar to these hypothetical or positive results. Investing in this portfolio presents the potential for loss as well as for profit.

IBKRAM makes no guarantees as to accuracy of data underlying these back-tested results

While IBKRAM believes that the data used to calculate the hypothetical results on this page was obtained from reliable sources, in generating the hypothetical charts and results for this portfolio IBKRAM used historical market data which has not been audited and validated, and may contain errors in pricing or other conditions. IBKRAM exclusively relied on data compiled by a third-party (i.e., the Thomson Reuters Worldscope database) for market data and information as the basis for these hypothetical return calculations, and cannot be responsible for the accuracy of this data.

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About IB Asset Management

IB Asset Management is a pioneer in online investing. IB Asset Management offers a variety of portfolios, including the Smart Beta portfolios, which are managed by IB Asset Management's Chief Investment Officer and Investment Management team. The “Smart Beta” approach to portfolio construction is grounded in academic research. The goal is to achieve an alternative risk-return profile which is more attractive than a simple capitalization-weighted index such as the S&P 500. IB Asset Management Smart Beta portfolios are designed to provide systematic exposure to a fundamental factor or combination of factors. Portfolios are constructed using a rules-based approach and offered at a relatively low cost.

Important Information

  1. This portfolio was launched on IB Asset Management on December 20, 2016. Return information prior to the launch date consists of hypothetical back-tested data not based on actual trading of real client funds. These hypothetical results reflect the deduction of (i.e., are net of) IB Asset Management’s advisory fee, Interactive Brokers LLC brokerage and other commissions and other expenses that a client will have to pay if he invests in this portfolio after December 20, 2016. Hypothetical back-tested results are not an indicator of the future returns a client will realize by investing in this portfolio. No IB Asset Management client actually attained these hypothetical results. For a more detailed discussion of the hypothetical nature of this return information and a discussion of the calculation methodology used, review these disclosures.
  2. There is an important distinction between the method used to calculate hypothetical and actual returns for this portfolio. Hypothetical back-tested returns before December 20, 2016 are calculated on a month-end basis with this monthly series of hypothetical returns then used as basis for calculating the various risk and return metrics presented. (Please read these disclosures for a detailed discussion of the calculation of hypothetical returns.) This is different from the returns based on actual trading of this portfolio starting on December 20, 2016 which were calculated daily, like the other portfolios on the IB Asset Management platform. Consequently, the month-end calculation of hypothetical back-tested results for this portfolio may limit their comparability to the daily calculation of actual returns.
  3. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and all investments, including those in this portfolio, involve the risk of loss, including loss of principal and a reduction in earnings.  
  4. The actual performance of the manager account is based on the performance of an IB Asset Management proprietary account invested using this strategy and is calculated by IB Asset Management on a daily time-weighted basis, including cash, dividends and earnings distributions. The actual performance for this portfolio is presented “net of fees” and reflects the deduction of the IB Asset Management advisory fee, Interactive Brokers LLC brokerage and other commissions and expenses that a client has to pay if he invests in this portfolio after the launch date.
  5. None of the performance information displayed on this page is based on the actual performance of any IB Asset Management client account investing in this portfolio. The performance in an IB Asset Management client account invested in this portfolio may differ (i.e., be lower or higher) from the Portfolio Manager’s account performance based on any trading restrictions imposed by the client (resulting in different account holdings), time of initial investment, amount of investment, frequency and size of cash flows in and out of the client account, applicable brokerage commissions, and different corporate actions. Clients investing in this portfolio may view the actual performance of their investment in this portfolio by logging into their IB Asset Management account and reviewing their customized dashboard.
  6. All graph data is as of the end of day for the referenced period, unless otherwise specified. The investment minimum is the minimum investment required to follow a particular portfolio. The minimum amount is determined by IB Asset Management, based on the characteristics of the underlying portfolio. It should not be considered as specific investment advice for your investment situation.
  7. The hypothetical back-tested and actual performance charts are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as the basis for making an investment decision. We rely on mathematical formulas, computer programs, and pricing information from third-party vendors (Thomson Reuters Worldscope database) to provide these returns. Neither IB Asset Management nor any of its data or content providers shall be liable for any errors in this information or any actions taken by you in reliance upon this information.
  8. Benchmark returns displayed have been calculated by IB Asset Management using daily benchmark prices and do not include dividend income. More information here. For certain portfolios IB Asset Management uses an index as a benchmark, while for others it uses an investable exchange traded fund (ETF) as a benchmark. Index returns do not reflect the deduction of any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Individuals cannot invest directly in an index. Investable ETF returns reflect the deduction of (i.e., are net of) management fees, transaction costs and expenses.
  9. Transaction history is available upon request. Portfolio classifications are provided by IB Asset Management, and are intended to serve as a general guide.
  10. Not all transactions listed will appear in accounts due to IB Asset Management's trading rules and individual client constraints. Eligibility of these securities is monitored periodically, and may change over time. Actual client investment holdings may vary.