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October 2020

The Firetrail Absolute Return Fund has been recognised at the Zenith Fund Awards as the Alternative Manager of the year in 2020.

The investment team including portfolio managers Patrick Hodgens, James Miller and Ramoun Lazar, received the award following strong performance in a year where the fund delivered a positive return of +21.2% to 30 September 2020. Providing much needed diversification from the Australian equity market which delivered a negative return of -10.2% over the same period.

The Fund is a market-neutral strategy that aims to deliver returns that are uncorrelated, or different to, the underlying Australian equity market. The strategy invests both long and short in Australian listed companies with the aim of generating a positive return over the medium-term (3 to 5 years), irrespective of the equity market direction. The strategy is fundamentally driven, investing in undervalued companies with robust earnings in the long portfolio, whilst shorting companies with high earnings risk to generate a positive return from falling share prices.  The strategy also uses shorting to ‘hedge’ the portfolios exposure to unwanted market and macroeconomic risks. The result is a market neutral portfolio, driven by long and short stock selection, as opposed to market or macroeconomic movements.

Whilst the Firetrail Absolute Return Fund launched in early 2018, the investment team has significant experience managing equity market-neutral strategies. Most notably the Macquarie Pure Alpha Fund, which was awarded the Zenith Alternative Fund Manager award as well as the Market Neutral Fund of the Year at the Hedge Funds Rock awards in 2017.


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Pinnacle Fund Services Limited ABN 29 082 494 362 AFSL 238371 (‘PFSL’) is the product issuer of the Firetrail Absolute Return Fund ARSN 624 135 879 (Fund). PFSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited (‘Pinnacle’) ABN 22 100 325 184. The Fund Product Disclosure Statement (‘PDS’) is available at Any potential investor should consider the PDS before deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold units in, the Fund.

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