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H2O Asset Management

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Monthly performance

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
2019-0.26%1.60%-2.06%5.05%-3.51%-0.90%0.58%-4.30%6.67%2.66%0.32% 5.42%
2011  2.65%-0.31%-1.09%-0.27%-5.66%0.42%7.19%2.85%0.56%0.81%6.88%

Performance statistics — Mar 2011 to Nov 2019

Cumulative total return 151.31%
Annualized compound return 11.10%
Annualized standard deviation 12.50%
Monthly correlation to S&P 500 TRI 0.07
Annualized sharpe ratio (0%) 0.86
Monthly maximum loss (Jun 2016) -11.01%
Maximum drawdown (Dec 2015 - Jun 2016) -21.39%

Annual performance (%) — Mar 2011 to Nov 2019

Year or YTD H2O Asset Management S&P 500 TRIBTOP50 Index

Performance comparison: Growth of $10,000 invested since inception — Mar 2011 to Nov 2019

This chart represents a hypothetical investment of $10,000 at the time of the strategy’s inception and is not intended to imply an actual investment. Hypothetical returns do not assume the reinvestment of dividends and income.

Monthly returns — Mar 2011 to Nov 2019

Distribution of monthly returns — Mar 2011 to Nov 2019

Underwater curve — Mar 2011 to Nov 2019

Company background

Global macro discretionary boutique launched in 2010 by Bruno Crastes and Vincent Chailley, backed by one of Europe’s largest asset managers (NGAM)

Investment goal

H2O Asset Management aims to provide not only risk-adjusted performance at portfolio level but also transparency and liquidity.

Markets traded

Technical Financial/Metals, Fundamental Financial/Metals, Discretionary, Single Advisor Fund


A pure alpha investment vehicle increasing the return on an asset allocation portfolio while limiting the overall volatility risk with minimum invested capital. The investment philosophy of H2O is based on the conviction that value diversification is the most stable and robustsource of alpha over time. All-out diversification not only across assets, but also by investment horizon and manager expertise, gives us the ability to make better decisions and to produce more consistent risk adjusted performance. To generate alpha, H2O AM follows a top-down qualitative investment process and monitors the risk associated to calibrate the highly diversified strategies. No single position in itself has any meaning outside this overall risk/return context. A view is fed by a set of factors from seven fund managers and established as a risk-on, risk-off or diversifying strategy at a given horizon. The qualitative views are then translated into quantitative forecasts taking into account past volatilities and correlations and using Black & Litterman methodology as the key instrument enabling the conversion of views into positions. H2O AM fund managers take directional, relative value and specific/thematic positions in fixed income, currency and equity markets (no credit, no commodity exposure). The exposures are first decided in respect of each asset class: G4 govies, USD and equity markets. Relative value strategies are then constructed independently from the directional positions: they are "exposure-neutral". Finally, specific or thematic calls may be implemented separately. All the above strategies are invested using preferably derivatives. The Funds Under Management corresponds to the assets of the strategy.

Key personnel

Bruno Crastes, CEO - Mr. Crastes began his career in 1989 as a bond portfolio manager in the fixed income team of Indosuez Asset Management. He was appointed Deputy Head of the team in 1994. Following the merger of Indosuez AM with Segespar (Crédit Agricole Group) into CAAM in 1997, he became Head of Global Fixed Income & Currency management. He was further promoted to CIO and Deputy CEO of CAAM London Branch in November 2002, and finally CEO in April 2005. From 2007 until April 2010, while actively managing global fixed income portfolios, he sat on the Executive Committee of CAAM (then Amundi) in charge of the United Kingdom, South East Asia and Australia. Bruno is a founding partner and CEO of H2O Asset Management. Bruno received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Lyon and graduated from ISFA (Institut Supérieur de Formation des Actuaires).

Vincent Chailley, CIO - Mr. Chailley started his career in 1995 in the Research & Development team of CPR Capital Markets department. In 1996, he joined CAAM, first as an analyst in the Strategy team, then as an investment manager in the Asset Allocation one. In July 1998, he transferred to the global fixed income department and became an investment manager. From 2002 to 2010 he headed the global fixed income and absolute performance team of CAAM (then Amundi) London. He is a founding partner and CIO of H2O Asset Management. Vincent Chailley created and developed CAAM’s global absolute return product range (the “VaR” funds) from 1999 onwards. He overviewed these funds personally until he left CAAM/Amundi in April 2010. These funds totalled €42bln AuM as at end 2006. Vincent Chailley is a member of the French Actuaries Institute and holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and Mathematical modeling from ENSAE. He also holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Paris Dauphine.

Marc Maudhuit, Client Portfolio Manager - Mr. Maudhuit has worked in the asset management industry for over two decades. Until 2010 he headed the product specialist team of CAAM London’s Global Fixed Income and Currency management department. Prior to this he was in charge of the marketing of Indosuez Asset Management fixed income products where he eventually ran the overall marketing support unit of the company. Marc Maudhuit is a graduate of the ESCP Europe Business School (previously ESCP-EAP). He also holds a MSFS (Master of Science in Foreign Service) from Georgetown University(Washington, D.C.).

Jean-Noel Alba, Deputy CEO - Mr. Alba handles the day-to-day running of H2O AM. He was previously Deputy CEO and COO of Amundi London. Beginning his career as a commercial banking sales officer of Banque Worms in 1983, Jean-Noel became Deputy Head of their Capital Corporation in New York before eventually heading the bank’s trading activities. He then moved to Elf Aquatine where he was appointed CEO of Sofax and Elf Finance. Jean-Noel graduated from IEP Paris.

Loic Cadiou, Senior fund manager and partner -  Previously he’s worked as part of a Macroeconomic Modelling think tank and senior researcher on international economics. Before joining H2O AM in 2010 he was an investment manager of emerging debt, global bond and absolute return portfolios at CAAM. Loïc Cadiou holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and Statistics from ENSAE (Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance), and a Master’s Degree in Analysis and Economic Policy from EHESS (Paris Graduate School of Social Sciences.)

Jean Jacques Duhot, Deputy Chief Investment Officer- Jean Jacques has been trading cash and derivative instruments in FX, Bonds, Equities and Commodities for large institutions on both the buy and sell side for over 28 years. Jean-Jacques started his career at Societe Generale Investment Bank in 1991, where he spent 13 years and ultimately became Head of Proprietary Trading in London. Following this, he joined TT international (a London based $17b equity hedge fund) , after this Jean Jacques moved to Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) in 2007. It was at CDPQ, where the investment team was first assembled and where the Arctic Blue strategy was first designed and run. JJ and the team continued to run the strategy when he moved to CIBC, in Toronto and New York where he was Head of the Strategic Risk Division (managing a team of 60 traders). The team then joined Millennium in London, before finally founding Arctic Blue as a stand-alone Hedge fund in 2014. H2O Asset Management acquired a majority stake in Arctic Blue Capital in October 2017. Jean Jacques Duhot was acting as the Chief Investment Officer of Arctic Blue, a systematic commodity and equity strategy designed to have a different exposure and low correlation to trend followers and traditional CTA’s. The range of investable solutions developed by Arctic Blue will be part of the H2O range of quantitative funds such as the Barry funds. In September 2019, Jean-Jacques became Deputy CIO of H2O AM reporting to Vincent Chailley. JJ graduated from Institut d’Etudes Relations Internationales Paris and Universite Droit Paris XI as well as completing the Senior Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

Gonzague Legoff , Specialist in portfolio management - He joined us as a partner in November 2010. Previously he was the portfolio manager for International Equity Funds at CAAM. Gonzague graduated from ‘Ecole supérieure d’électricité’(SUPELEC).

Jean-Baptiste Roux, Investment manager - He specialises in volatility management and trading. He was previously at CAAM, where he managed global aggregate portfolios and traded on currency markets in their London global fixed income department. Jean-Baptiste Roux holds a Master’s Degree in Life Sciences and Engineering from the National Agronomical Institute in Paris (INAPG). He also holdsa Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie.

Julio Obeso, Credit analyst- He started his career in 1999 in the LatinAmerican and Caribbean region team of Charles Schwab & Co. In 2005, he joined New York Life Insurance Company, first as an associate in its leadership rotational program, then as an investment analyst at MacKay Shields LLC; a subsidiary of New York Life Investment Management. Julio Obeso holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.