Australian Market Neutral

This strategy aims to deliver stable long-term absolute returns above the RBA cash rate, with relatively low levels of risk and volatility, by actively investing in Australian companies.


1000+ Australian stocks (includes ex-index stocks to maximise the opportunity set).


Daily analysis at stock-specific, peer group, and macro level results in objective risk and return forecast


Forecasts enter proprietary portfolio optimisation system, weighing expected return against risk, liquidity and T-costs

Investment philosophy

Financial assets are often mispriced due to behavioural errors, such as incorrectly processing information or acting on incomplete information.

Top-performing companies display many qualities. Their success is multi-faceted and cannot be attributed to any single factor.

Market inefficiencies and attractive opportunities are best captured using systematic processes.

Curated application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology can help extract pertinent information from large, complex datasets.

Investment processes must be dynamic and adapt to changes in investor behaviour and the investment environment.

Acadian’s edge comes from embracing innovative ideas and continuously investing in people, technology, and data.

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Why market neutral?

  • Market-neutral is a type of long/short strategy that aims to generate smoother, active returns in different market environments conditions.
  • Market-neutral strategies have a low correlation to traditional asset classes, providing portfolio diversification benefits.
  • Our strategy actively harvests franking credits as a key source of return.
  • We systematically forecasts the timing and quantity of future franking credit payments using data like historical dividends payments and franking ratios.


Targeted Annualized Volatility 4 - 5%
Targeted Beta 0
Max Position Size 135 BPS
Number of Holdings 250 - 300
Gross Exposure 160 - 200%
*Typical Portfolio
As of March 2024
  Composite (Gross)  Composite (Net) RBA Cash Rate Value-Added(Gross) vs. Benchmark
Franking Credits*** Value-Added (Composite (Gross) + Franking Credits) Vs. Benchmark***
One Month Return 1.0 0.8 0.4 0.6 0.2 0.9
Three Month Return 2.8 2.3 1.1 1.7 0.4 2.1
Year-to-Date Return 2.8 2.3 1.1 1.7 0.4 2.1
One Year Annualized Return 5.4 4.6 4.2 1.2 1.2 2.4
Three Year Annualized Return 6.2 4.7 2.1 4.1 1.4 5.4
Five Year Annualized Return 4.0 2.7 1.5 2.5 1.2 3.7
Since-Inception Annualized Return 4.0 2.7 1.6 2.4  1.2 3.6
Since-Inception Annualized Standard Deviation and Active Risk 4.4 3.9 0.3 4.1    
Since-Inception Sharpe Ratio 0.5 0.2        
*Returns that include the most recent month are preliminary. **The Net Asset Value for this product is calculated on a monthly basis. In the absence of daily net of fee returns, Acadian presents daily statistics gross of fees of a representative portfolio with the goal of providing increased transparency into the daily risk profile of our investment process. Up and down markets are defined by the performance of the S&P/ASX 300 Index. ***Where decisions around franking credits are made, they are made assuming a 0% tax investor. Franking Credit data presented here is for a representative portfolio and is supplemental to the composite performance disclosure page attached. Acadian Asset Management LLC claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). GIPS® is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein. Reference to the benchmark is for comparative purposes only and is not intended to indicate that the composite will contain the same investments as the benchmark. Investors have the opportunity for losses as well as profits. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The complete performance disclosure can be found in the composite performance disclosure page attached. Index Source: RBA Cash Rate.

Current Positioning Sector** ***

As of March 2024

Market Neutral 1 Q1 2024

Market Neutral 1 Q1 2024 
**The data presented here is representative of the portfolio’s holdings in the Acadian Australian Equity Market Neutral Fund and is supplemental to the co mpo site performance disclosure page attached.
*** Current Positioning displayed as daily asset weighted average values over the monthly period. Investors have the opportunity for losses as well as profits. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. The actual taxation benefit will vary depending on the investor’s tax status.

Parameters* **

Market Neutral 1 Q1 2024 

Current Positioning**

Market Neutral 1 Q1 2024 
*The volatility exposure is to Acadian’s volatility score, which is based on a stock’s trailing 60-day realized volatility. The volatility score has a close-to-normal distribution. A 1% exposure to the volatility score amounts to the longs having 0.2% more annualized volatility than the shorts. The strategy does not have a meaningful volatility tilt.
**The data presented here is representative of the portfolio’s holdings in the Acadian Australian Equity Market Neutral Fund and is supplemental to the composite performance disclosure page attached.

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