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  • Security pricing and other security information are provided by the custodian firms and are supplemented by Financial Times Interactive Data (IDC). Portfolio market values of illiquid investments (e.g., hedge funds) are supplied by the managers.
  • Market values and returns containing Aurora L.P reflect the latest information received from the manager, which may lag by one month.
  • Market values are based on trade-date accounting (whenever trade-date information is available). Market values for fixed income accounts include accrued interest.
  • Market Index returns are obtained from Financial Times Interactive Data (IDC), with the following exceptions: HFRI and HFRX Indices, which are provided by Hedge Fund Research, Inc.; iMoneyNet Index, which is provided by iMoneyNet; Barclays Global Aggregate Hedged and Unhedged indices, which are provided by Barclays; MSCI AC Wrld, MSCI AC Wrld ex. US, MSCI Emerging Mkts, MSCI EAFE Small Cap, and MSCI US REIT indices, which are provided by MSCI Inc.; NCREIF Property Index, which is provided by National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF); S&P Developed Property Index and S&P Global ex. US Property Index, which are provided by Standard & Poor’s. The Wilshire REIT Index, provided by Wilshire Associates, is used in place of the MSCI US REIT Index prior to 1995. The S&P Developed Property Index, provided by Standard & Poor’s, is used in place of the Dow Jones Global Select Real Estate Securities Index prior to October 10, 2012.


  • Actual Allocation Benchmark Performance: The Investable Benchmark return for each asset class weighted by the amount of the portfolio invested in that asset class. This benchmark is calculated using the weights at the beginning of each month, except for the inception month, for which the end-of-the-month weight is used. See Investable Benchmark below and in the Disclosure section for more detail.
  • Average Credit Quality: Measure of the average credit quality of a given bond portfolio. The lower the average credit quality, the higher the default risk. The average credit quality is derived by taking the weighted average of the credit ratings for each bond in the portfolio. Bonds issued and backed by the U.S. Government are of such high quality they are considered separate from, but equal to, bonds rated AAA, which is the highest possible rating for a corporate issue. Bonds with BBB ratings are the lowest quality bonds still considered to be investment grade. Bonds rated BB or lower are called “high-yield” or “junk” bonds.
  • Average Maturity: Maturity is the length of time before a bond issuer must return the principal amount. For a municipal bond portfolio, the weighted-average of the maturities of each bond is computed by weighting each maturity date (i.e., when the security comes due) by the market value of the security.
  • Book Value: Company’s assets minus liabilities.
  • Contributions: May include: new position (cash, stocks, bonds, etc.) deposits into the portfolio and position transfers into one account from another within the portfolio.
  • Current Yield: Annual coupon rate divided by the current market price of the bond. A coupon is the periodic interest payment made to bondholders during the life of a bond.
  • Dividends: Dividend distributions from mutual funds and stocks.
  • Dividend Yield: Company’s annual dividend (based on the last 12 months of dividends) per share, divided by the stock price. This measure indicates what percent of the current stock price the company returns to investors through dividends. For example, if the company paid $1.50 in dividends over the last 12 months, and the current stock price in $30 per share, the dividend yield is 5% (1.50/30).
  • Gain/Loss: Market value change of the portfolio after accounting for contributions and withdrawals and deducting investment management and advisor fees, foreign taxes, custodial fees, and ADR management fees.
Hedge Funds¹

Directional Based Strategies
Directional-based strategies are those that retain some amount of systematic risk exposure or are specifically driven by the movements of the market. Sub-strategies include:

  • Long/Short Equity: Managers build their portfolios by combining a core group of long stock positions with short sales of stock, stock index options/futures, or exchange-traded funds. The net market exposures of these portfolios generally have a net long bias.
  • Short Equity: Strategy where portfolios are created to profit from declining stock prices. Short selling hedge funds tend to use some type of market timing. That is, they trim their short positions when the stock market is advancing and go fully short when the stock market is declining. This strategy can be used to provide downside protection during bear markets.
  • Long/Short Credit: Same concept as Long/Short Equity, however, the strategy is implemented in the credit markets.
  • Short Credit: Same concept as Short Equity, however, the strategy is implemented in the credit markets.

Convergence Strategies
These hedge funds practice the art of arbitrage. In general, the funds make bets that two similar securities, but with dissimilar prices, will converge in value over the investment holding period. Sub-strategies include:

  • Fixed Income Arbitrage: Fixed income arbitrage involves purchasing one fixed income security and simultaneously selling a similar fixed income security with the expectation that over the investment holding period, the two security prices will converge in value. Typically, the two securities are related either mathematically or economically such that they move similarly in response to market developments.
  • Relative Value Arbitrage: Relative value arbitrage managers invest in a wide variety of convergence trades: the simultaneous purchase of one security and the sale of another when there is a discrepancy between the two securities.
  • Convertible Arbitrage: Convertible bonds combine elements of both stock and bonds in one trade. Convertible arbitrage funds build long positions of convertible bonds and then hedge the long exposure. Arbitrageurs attempt to make profits by identifying pricing discrepancies between the convertible bond and its component parts, and then continually monitoring these component parts for any change in their relationship.
  • Market Neutral: MManagers construct long/short portfolios of equal weightings that eliminate market risks so to drive return purely from stock selection.
  • Statistical Arbitrage: Managers use quantitative analysis to construct a market neutral portfolio. Managers, typically, build multifactor models to identify those factors that have a consistent impact on security prices.

Corporate Structure Strategies
Corporate structure strategies take advantage of significant corporate transactions like a merger, acquisition, or bankruptcy. These funds attempt to generate returns by concentrating their portfolios in companies where it is more important to understand the event. The trade involves taking less market risk in favor of more company specific risk. Sub-Strategies include:

  • Distressed: Distressed debt hedge funds invest in the securities of a corporation that is in bankruptcy or likely to fall into bankruptcy. The fund may short sell the company to profit on declining values or may purchase the security prior to the company announcing its reorganization plan to the bankruptcy court with the expectation that there will be a positive resolution with the company’s creditors. A manager may also employ capital structure arbitrage through buying and selling certain securities of the same company depending on the estimated outcome.
  • Merger Arbitrage: This strategy generally entails buying the stock of the firm that is to be acquired and selling the stock of the firm that is to be the acquirer to capitalize on pricing spreads based on a successful completion of the announced merger.
  • Event Driven: Event driven managers attempt to profit from significant market events that are nonrecurring, including merger arbitrage, but also can be in the form of spin-offs, share buy-backs, and re-organizations. Because the events are nonrecurring, financial markets typically do not digest the information associated with these transactions in a timely manner.

Opportunistic Strategies
These funds are designed to take advantage of a wide-range of opportunities presented by various markets. Opportunistic strategies typically take directional bets in specific markets or securities. Sub-strategies include:

  • Global Macro: Global macro funds take a macroeconomic investment approach on a global basis. These are top-down managers who invest opportunistically across financial markets, national borders, and commodities. They take positions depending upon the manager’s forecast of changes in interest rates, currency movements, monetary policies, and macroeconomic indicators.
  • Multi-Strategy: These managers employ more than one of the strategies already outlined.
  • Other: A strategy not previously discussed.

Multi-Strategy Fund of Hedge Funds
These funds invest in hedge fund strategies through several underlying managers. Sub-strategies include:

  • Directional: Generally have a net long exposure of more than 20%.
  • Non-Directional: Generally have a net long exposure of 20% or less.

Diversified Alternative Investments

  • Opportunistic Equity: Funds which invest predominantly in all global equity markets based on either fundamental company valuation analysis or macroeconomic shifts.
  • Enhanced Fixed Income: Funds which invest in less efficient areas of the global fixed income markets, including High-Yield, Distressed, and Global Debt investing.
  • Absolute Return: Funds with a low or negative correlation to the equity markets.
  • Private Equity: Funds seeking to generate capital appreciation through investments in private companies.
  • Real Estate: Funds which invest in REITs and/or private partnerships with direct investments in existing or new income-producing properties, raw land, and/or timber.
  • Energy/Natural Resources: Funds which invest in publicly-traded energy companies or in private partnerships with direct investments in private or smaller publicly-traded energy companies. These companies include firms in the business of oilfield services and equipment manufacturing, exploration and production, technology, pipelines and storage, and power generation and transmission.
  • Higher Risk, Medium Risk and Lower Risk Benchmarks: The Investable Benchmark return for each asset class weighted by the amount of the risk allocation class invested in that asset class. This benchmark is calculated using the weights at the beginning of each month, except for the inception month, for which the end-of-the-month weight is used. See the Investable Benchmark definition and Disclosure section for more detail.
  • Interest: Interest payments from bonds.
  • Investable Benchmark: A mutual fund or exchange traded product (e.g. an ETF) which attempts to replicate the performance of a specific market index or benchmark. Investors cannot purchase market indices directly, but they can invest in products intended to replicate them. For example, the S&P Total Return Index is not available for direct investment but investors can purchase shares in the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF which has an expense ratio of 0.07%. We assume distributions from the mutual fund or exchange traded product are reinvested on the payable date.
  • Investment Earnings: Sum of dividends, interest, and gain/loss.
  • Long Term Policy Benchmark: Investable Benchmark return for each asset class, weighted by the amount of the portfolio’s long term policy if it was invested in that asset class. This benchmark is calculated using the fixed weights as set by the Investment Policy Statement for the period of time the Investment Policy Statement was in force. See the Investable Benchmark definition and Disclosure section for more detail.
  • Market Capitalization: Company’s stock price multiplied by the total number of shares outstanding. Weighted-average market capitalization is the average market capitalization of all the stocks in the portfolio adjusted for each stock’s market value weighting in the portfolio. For example, in calculating the average, a stock with 5% of the portfolio value is weighed more than a stock with 3% of the portfolio value. Median market capitalization is the market capitalization of the stock in the middle of the portfolio based on market capitalization order.
  • Modified Adjusted Duration: Weighted-average length of time to maturity of a bond portfolio’s cash flow (measured in years), adjusted for imbedded options that may change the expected cash flows. This measure is used in the estimation of the price sensitivity of fixed-income securities for a given change in interest rates.
  • Net Flows: Contributions minus Withdrawals.
  • Number of Holdings: Number of individual securities held in the account and each benchmark. Cash is excluded in this calculation.
  • Peer Comparison: Ranks each manager’s performance among its peers in the same investment category (e.g., large cap value). A manager that ranks in the 25th percentile has outperformed 75% of the current managers in this investment category. It is often referred to as “universe comparison.”
  • Price-to-Book (P/B) Ratio: Company’s per-share stock price divided by its per-share book value. This measure works best with a company that has many “hard assets” like factories and machinery. However, many companies in today’s economy rely heavily on intellectual assets that do not appear on the balance sheet. Many technology firms have a relatively low book value which gives them a very high P/B ratio.
  • Price-to-Earnings (P/E) Ratio: Company’s per-share stock price divided by its total earnings per share from the last four quarters. For example, if XYZ Company is trading at $40 per share and earnings are $2 per share, its P/E is 20 (40/2). That means investors are paying $20 for every $1 of company’s earnings based on the last four quarters. If the P/E slips to 16, investors are now paying $16 per share for that same $1 profit. This P/E number is also known as the stock’s “multiple,” as in: “XYZ Company is trading at a multiple of 16 times earnings.” The P/E ratios presented in this report exclude those stocks with negative earnings to avoid producing counter-intuitive results, as these numbers would cancel out positive numbers.
  • Protective Puts: A put option is a contract that gives its owner, the buyer, the right to sell an underlying asset at a specified price (its “strike price”) for a fixed period of time (until the option’s expiration). For example, an S&P 500 Index December 20xx 850 put entitles the owner to sell 100 shares of the S&P 500 Index at $850 per share at any time prior to the option’s expiration date in December. For the seller of a put option, the contract represents an obligation to buy the underlying stock from the option owner if the option is exercised. A call option is a contract that gives its owner, the buyer, the right to buy an underlying asset at a specified price (its “strike price”) for a fixed period of time (until the option’s expiration). For example, an S&P 500 Index December 20xx 850 call entitles the owner to buy 100 shares of the S&P 500 Index at $850 per share at any time prior to the option’s expiration date in December.
  • Risk Allocation: Portfolio’s exposure to the risk of principal loss. Each asset class is mapped to one of three broad categories: Higher Risk, Medium Risk and Lower Risk. For example, assume a current asset allocation of 25% Large Cap Equity, 15% International Equity, 20% Hedged / Opportunistic, 35% Fixed Income, 5% Cash. The risk allocation would be 40% Higher Risk, 20% Medium Risk, and 40% Lower Risk. Lower risk investments include, but are not limited to, no risk investments. Although a risk free or no risk investment only exists in theory, in practice, investments explicitly backed by the U.S. Government are considered to have no risk of default (e.g. U.S. Treasury Bills).
  • Since Inception IRR: IRR, or Internal Rate of Return, is the annualized discount rate that allows an investment’s capital outflows to be equal to its inflows, in present value terms. IRR is regarded as a “money-weighted” return, because more weight is given to the returns achieved during periods in which more dollars are at work. This contrasts with a “time-weighted” return, in which periodic (typically monthly) returns are calculated and “chain linked” together such that each period’s weight is equal. For managers, Altair calculates the IRR using the standard Microsoft Office XIRR formula. The capital calls, distributions and ending capital balances found in this report are the inputs into the XIRR calculation. For benchmarks, the Since Inception IRR is a blend of the median Cambridge Associates U.S. Private Equity, U.S. Private Real Estate and U.S. Venture Capital Since Inception IRRs, weighted by the given manager’s allocation to each vintage year.
  • Time-Weighted Performance: Designed to measure a manager’s skill, this measure isolates the performance of the manager’s security selection while eliminating the effect of cash flows on portfolio performance. Since managers have no control as to when investors make significant contributions or withdrawals, this performance measure strives to eliminate the performance bias of cash flows during market volatility.
  • Total Portfolio Performance: Time-weighted performance of the investment portfolio when intra-month valuation can be obtained.
  • Withdrawals: May include: position (cash, stocks, bonds, etc.) withdrawals out of the portfolio and position transfers from one account into another within the portfolio.
  • Yield-to-Worst: Lowest possible yield that the investor will realize. For example, assume there are only three call dates for a callable bond and that the yields-to-call for each call date are 5.0%, 5.3%, and 4.7%, along with a yield-to-maturity of 6.5%. In this example the yield-to-worst is the minimum of the yields, at 4.7%.

¹Mark J.P. Anson, Handbook of Alternative Assets (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2006).