Lupus alpha Volatility Invest C



Lupus alpha Volatility Invest opens up the risk premium of volatility3 to investors using a short volatility strategy. The return drivers of this strategy differ from those of traditional asset classes. Adding volatility strategies to existing portfolios thus enables positive diversification effects.


Fund data

Current fund data as of 04/13/2021

Currency EUR
Issue price 109.69
Redemption price 105.47
Fund volume 55,90 Mio.
Launch date 15 October 2007
Minimum investment amount 500.000 Euro
Distribution frequency 9annually
Portfolio managers Marvin Labod, Alexander Raviol, Mark Ritter, Stephan Steiger
Performance fee 620 %
Administration fee 50,5 %
Hurdle Rate 72 % p.a.
Subscription fee 4up to 4 %
High-Watermark 8 yes
Benchmark EONIA
Unit price determined daily
Unit redemption possible daily
Fund price publication
  • Source: Lupus alpha; gross performance (BVI method): The gross performance considers all costs incurred at Fund level (e. g. management fee) and assumes reinvestment of any distributions. Costs incurred at customer level such as sales charge and securities account costs are not included. Unless otherwise specified, all indicated performance data show the gross performance. Please note: Past per-formance is not a reliable indicator for future performance.
  • Source: Lupus alpha; the net performance assumes a model calculation based on an invested amount of EUR 1,000, the maximum sales charge and a redemption charge (see master data). It does not include individual costs of the investor, such as a securities account fee. (To this effect, please refer to the price list of your securities account provider.) Please note: Past performance is not a reliable indicator for future performance.
  • Volatility: Volatility is the range of variation of a security price or index around its mean value over a fixed period of time. A security is regarded as volatile if its price fluctuates heavily. Maximum loss 90 days: The maximum loss specifies an investor's potential loss if he had bought during the past 90 days at the highest price and sold at the lowest price. VaR 95 – 10: Value at Risk defines the level of loss which will not be exceeded within 10 days with a probability of 95%. VaR 99 – 10: Value at Risk defines the level of loss which will not be exceeded within 10 days with a probability of 99%. Sharpe Ratio: Sharpe Ratio is the excess return (Fund performance less money market rate) in relation to the range of variation (volatility) and shows the yield of the Fund per risk unit. The higher the Sharpe Ratio, the more yield has been generated in relation to the risk incurred.
  • The sales charge is the difference between the sales price and the unit value. The sales charge varies depending on the type of the Fund and the distribution channel and usually covers the advisory and distribution costs. The Distributor will demand the sales charge at its own discretion.
  • The management fee is the fee for managing the Fund and taken from the Fund's assets; it is paid to Lupus alpha for the management and administration of the Fund.
  • The performance fee is a performance-related remuneration depending on the performance or the achievement of specific objectives such as a better performance compared to a benchmark. The costs may also be levied if a pre-defined minimum performance has been achieved.
  • The hurdle rate means a specific minimum interest and/or profit threshold a Fund has to achieve in order to allow the investment company to participate in the Fund's profit.
  • Performance fees of investment companies are frequently bound by a high watermark - the all-time high of the Fund. This means that a commission entitlement arises only if that mark has been exceeded.
  • Distributing Funds do not reinvest the generated income, they pay out the income to the investor.
  • The correlation measures the strength of the statistical relationship between two variables. A positive correlation means "the more ... the more", a negative correlation means "the more ...the less". The value of correlation is in the range between -1 (completely opposed) and +1 (completely equal). Correlations are some kind of no-tice on but no evidence for causalities which mean proven cause-effect relationships.

Performance chart

Performance since 01.07.2014: +1.75 %
As of: 31.07.2014

Performance (gross in EUR)[1]:

Jan 2.40 %-0.33 %-0.88 %
Feb 0.92 %-4.30 %1.68 %
Mar 0.14 %-11.37 %2.64 %
Apr 0.64 %3.20 %n.a.
May -0.82 %1.39 %n.a.
Jun 1.02 %1.05 %n.a.
Jul 0.38 %1.29 %n.a.
Aug -0.92 %1.38 %n.a.
Sep 0.23 %-0.17 %n.a.
Oct 0.07 %-0.78 %n.a.
Nov 0.44 %2.67 %n.a.
Dec 0.05 %0.79 %n.a.
Year 4.61 %-5.92 %n.a.

fromtoLupus alpha Volatility Invest C
1 month 26.02.202131.03.20212.64 %
90 days 30.12.202031.03.20213.45 %
1 year 31.03.202031.03.202115.12 %
3 years 29.03.201831.03.2021-0.05 %
5 years 31.03.201631.03.20216.44 %
this year 30.12.202031.03.20213.45 %
since inception 15.10.200731.03.202124.69 %
since inception p.a. 15.10.200731.03.20211.65 %

12-month-timeframe (gross)Lupus alpha Volatility Invest C
31.03.2020 - 31.03.202115.12 %
31.03.2019 - 31.03.2020-14.54 %
31.03.2018 - 31.03.20191.60 %
31.03.2017 - 31.03.20180.74 %
31.03.2016 - 31.03.20175.75 %
31.03.2015 - 31.03.2016-1.64 %
31.03.2014 - 31.03.20152.17 %
31.03.2013 - 31.03.20141.43 %
31.03.2012 - 31.03.20130.97 %
31.03.2011 - 31.03.20120.85 %

Key Statistics [3]:

as ofLupus alpha Volatility Invest C
Volatility p.a. 31.03.20215.44 %
Maximum Draw Down 90 Days 31.03.2021-19.61 %
VaR 95 - 10 31.03.2021-2.55 %
VaR 99 - 10 31.03.2021-3.60 %
Sharpe Ratio 31.03.20210.23
Distribution 16.12.20202.05 €
Fund structure

Asset Allocation as of 31/03/2021

Correlations [10] as of 31/03/2021

S&P 500 0.49
EURO STOXX® 50 0.47
iBoxx € Eurozone Sovereign OA TR 0.04
REXP -0.16
  • Opportunity to collect an alternative risk premium
  • The fund has little correlation with other asset classes, making it exceptionally well-suited to portfolio diversification
  • Investments made exclusively in liquid and listed instruments (no OTC risk)

Alternative Investment Awards 2018:

3rd place  in the category "Volatitlität", one-year performance

Alternative Investment Awards 2016:

3rd place in the category "Volatitlität", five-year performance

Team expertise

With its short volatility strategy, Lupus alpha Volatility Invest generates a volatility risk premium and builds upon more than a decade of Lupus alpha's proven expertise in Alternative Solutions:


  • Large, experienced European portfolio management and research team for Alternative Solutions with more than 20 experts
  • Own quantitative analysis team
  • Proprietary databases
  • Critically scrutinised backtesting methods
  • Methodically sound, experienced risk management
  • Complete control over trading process

Volatility strategy – volatility risk premium as an alternative source of returns


Lupus alpha Volatility Invest uses a short volatility strategy with the objective of collecting the attractive volatility risk premium in the medium to long term and thus opening up an alternative source of returns for investors. To achieve this target the fund systematically sells short-dated listed options('strips of options') in order to harvest the volatility risk premium. The systematic sale of options enables the fund to sell implied volatility, which corresponds to the volatility expected by the market (ex ante).


The realized volatility is the actual fluctuation observed in the market during the term of the options (ex post). The lower the actual observed fluctuation compared to the previously sold volatility, the higher its contribution to the fund's performance.


The average spread between implied and realized volatility - i.e. the volatility risk premium - for various equity indices is around 4 per cent. In general, the higher the implied volatility, the higher the option premium received. This strategy is implemented on several global equity indices and bond futures, with the structure of the respective markets and a high degree of liquidity proving particularly crucial. For equities, the strategy is currently being applied to EURO STOXX 50 and S&P 500, where the difference in currencies is irrelevant, as the use of options means the actual currency exposure is extremely low.


Lupus alpha Volatility Invest's short volatility strategy can exploit the attractive volatility risk premium  to improve the risk-return profile of a portfolio. This investment concept is characterized by quicker recovery periods and can help reduce drawdowns in high-risk portfolios.


The basic Lupus alpha Volatility Invest portfolio consists of short-dated Euro bonds with very high credit ratings. The actual core of the investment strategy uses derivatives to build on this bond portfolio.


Investment objective

The objective of the fund is to receive a volatility risk premium - i.e. the spread between implied and realised volatility - by systematically disposing of volatility and using this alternative value driver to achieve returns that are as independent from the market as possible.


Chances and Risks



  • Attractive return contribution by harvesting the volatility risk premium. 
  • Smaller losses and significalty faster recoveries compared to common stocks.
  • Low correlation of return with traditional asste classes in the long term.
  • Attractive performance even in sideways moving markets.




  • Counterparty default risk: If counterparties and issuers do not fulfill or only partially fulfill their contractual payment obligations, this can result in losses for the fund. Even when securities are carefully selected, losses caused by the financial collapse of issuers cannot be ruled out.
  • Concentration risk: If investment is concentrated on particular assets or markets, the fund becomes particularly heavily dependent on the performance of these assets or markets.
  • Risks connected with derivatives transactions: Changes in the price of the underlying asset can devalue a derivative. If derivatives are used as part of the investment strategy, the Derivatives might have leverage effects that impact the fund more strongly than the underlying asset. When selling derivatives, there is the risk that the fund will suffer an indefinite loss amount.
  • Operational risk: The fund can become the victim of fraud, criminal acts or errors by company employees or external third parties. Finally, management of the fund can be negatively impacted by external events such as fires, natural disasters or similar.
  • Liquidity risk: If securities are traded in a relatively narrow market segment, it can be difficult to resell them in situations where there is insufficient liquidity.
  • Market Risk: The performance of financial products depends on the development of the capital markets.

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Alternative Investments Award 2018

Portfolio Manager

Experienced fund managers


Alexander Raviol is a partner at Lupus alpha and is responsible for portfolio management in the Alternative Solutions division. The graduate physicist with many years of capital market experience joined Lupus alpha in 2006. Since 2015, Marvin Labod supports the portfolio management in the area of Alternative Solutions. Mark Ritter joined Lupus alpha back in 2004. He has a broad experience in portfolio management as well as portfolio implementation. Stephan Steiger has about 15 years of international experience in managing equity portfolios. He has been with Lupus alpha since 2007. 


Marvin Labod
Portfolio Management Alternative Solutions

Alexander Raviol
Partner, CIO Alternative Solutions

Mark Ritter
CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Management Alternative Solutions

Stephan Steiger
CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Management Alternative Solutions