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Investing in Good Companies

Welcome! We are the first active equity asset management company to systematically combine in all our funds:

  • A higher probability of outperformance by investing in stocks with superior fundamental attributes
  • Higher ESG & Sustainability scores
  • A sustainable investment objective in line with the Paris-Climate Agreements resulting in funds with low carbon footprints and classified as Article 9 SFDR
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The Central Bank Balancing Act Goes into the Next Round

ARTICO Sustainable Equity Funds

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Investment Strategy
Unique Portfolio Characteristics Deliver Superior Performance

The higher outperformance probability comes from systematically investing in companies with high scores in the following 5 dimensions:

 

Our proprietary research on relevant fundamental selection criteria is the foundation of our fundamental model. We published the key results in the Wilmott Magazine

READ the full Wilmott Article

 

and a shortened version in Finanz und Wirtschaft

READ Article in Finanz & Wirtschaft

 

Our Outperformance comes from three sources:

  1. The fundamentally best companies have a higher probability to outperform
  2. Diversifying into a large number of good companies ensures robust outcomes
  3. Investing beyond benchmarks creates a larger set of opportunities
READ our Company Fact Sheet

Fully Integrated ESG/Sustainability Criteria

 

What is our Motivation to apply ESG?

Companies with high ESG scores will outperform, because they:

  • Are a good proxy for superior management
  • Will attract significant institutional flows
  • Contribute to Investment Risk Mitigation

What makes our Approach to ESG unique?

Investing with a sole focus on ESG can result in buying over-priced stocks. We create portfolios with superior fundamental characteristics and very high ESG Scores and very low Carbon Footprint at the same time.

What is the expected Performance impact of ESG?

We use MSCI ESG database and we developed our own ARTICO ESG factor, which is a good predictor of future outperformance

 

 

Artico Partners is a signatory of the UN PRI, follows the engagement work and the exclusion list of the SVVK (Swiss Association for Responsible Investments), fully supports the PARIS agreement on climate change and is also a supporter of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures).

 

Published ARTICO Research:

Is sustainable investing a positive or negative contributor to outperformance? And how patient do investors need to be to capitalize on any positive effects? Our research results answer these questions and our conclusions on the required time horizon may come as a surprise for investors hesitating to introduce sustainable investing.

READ the full article published in Wilmott Magazine (Sep 2020)

 

READ our Principles for Responsible Investing
Portfolio Decarbonization Methodology

 

 

A Team of Experienced Partners co-investing with you

As significant co-investors in our funds we have „skin-in-the-game“. Is there a better way to fully align our interests?

READ why having „skin-in-the game“ is essential
Dr. Ulrich Niederer
Chairman and Senior Partner

As Chairman of ARTICO Partners, Ulrich oversees the business strategy, the product development and the investment activities of the firm. Operationally, he is directly responsible for Risk Management and Compliance. Ulrich is a Founding Partner of ARTICO.

Ulrich has more than 30 years of investment experience and started his career as quantitative research analyst in 1986 at the then Swiss Bank Corporation. His various functions at SBC and later UBS Global Asset Management included: Chief Investment Officer, Co-CEO Switzerland, Chairman of the Swiss Business and Head of the Alternative Investment Management Business (Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Infrastructure). Ulrich holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics from University of Basle.

Dr. Gabriel Herrera
CEO and Senior Partner

As CEO of ARTICO Partners, Gabriel is responsible for all aspects of the business including the product development, client relationships and the investment activities of the firm. Gabriel is a Founding Partner of ARTICO.

Gabriel has more than 30 years of investment experience and started his career as equity research analyst in 1987 at the then Swiss Bank Corporation. His various functions at SBC and later UBS Global Asset Management included: Head of Equity Research, Co-CEO Switzerland and then CEO Europe Middle East & Africa. Gabriel holds a PhD in Economics from University of Basle.

Tero Toivanen
Senior Investment Advisor

As former Chief Investment Officer Tero was responsible for the research and development of investment strategies and portfolios. His responsibilities included the continued development of the investment platform and the portfolio management of ARTICO funds. Tero is now an independent senior advisor to the firm.

Tero’s background contains several years of experience in global equity portfolio management and prior experience in the areas of software development, quality management and team leadership. Tero holds MsC in computer science from the Helsinki University of Technology and MBA from the Purdue University. Tero is also a CFA Charterholder.

Michael Brenneis
CIO and Partner

Michael’s main responsibility is the portfolio management of ARTICO funds. His further responsibilities include the development of the investment platform, and research and development of investment products and strategies.

Michael holds diploma certificate in electrical engineering and MBA from the university of South Australia. He has several years of experience in global equity portfolio management and prior experience in software development in the areas of telecommunications, medical engineering and finance.

Andreas Konrad
COO and Partner

As Chief Operating Officer of ARTICO, Andreas is responsible for the operational part of the investment management, including the fund operations and trading activities.

Andreas‘ background involves several years of work experience in the finance industry, mainly in global equity trading and operations functions. He is holder of Swiss federal diploma in business organization and a diploma in applied psychology.

 

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Board of Directors ARTICO Partners AG

  • Dr. Ulrich Niederer, Chairman
  • Anuschka Küng, independent director
  • Marcel Weiss

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News

The Central Bank Balancing Act Goes into the Next Round

• Rather solid corporate earnings compensated for banking fears
• In the month of April global developed markets gained 1.8%, global small caps advanced 0.8% and Emerging Markets were down 1.1%
• The 3rd regional bank collapsed in the US following a fast and complete loss of trust and a resulting bank-run
• Regulators are obviously determined to prevent a Lehman-moment to happen
• So, the financial system was (again) rescued over the weekend
• It seems that the withdrawal symptoms from easy money are cured with „whatever-it-takes“ antidote
• That makes the balancing act between fighting inflation and ensuring financial stability increasingly difficult
• Labor markets are tight and core inflation appears to be sticky: That would require higher interest rates
• At the same time, even relatively moderate increases in interest rates were enough to trigger a severe banking crisis
• How would that look if interest rates were at 7 or 8%?
• It is likely that more problems hidden in balance sheets will emerge
• That could cause markets to freak out over the next months
• We expect high inflation and interest rates to persist for longer
• Global equity market valuations are not cheap, except for Emerging Markets (see page 2)
• The resilience of corporate growth and earnings is a positive signal
•  We maintain our strong preference for real assets like equities and would not hold nominal assets for the long term
ARTICO Sustainable Equity funds (all classified as Article 9 SFDR) are a high-quality investment strategy with unique portfolio characteristics:
• a) superior fundamental characteristics,
• b) very high ESG/Sustainability Scores and
• c) very low carbon footprint aligned with Paris-climate objectives
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New Strategic Partnership for ARTICO with SERAFIN Asset Management

Today we can announce the formation of a strategic partnership with SERAFIN Asset Management, ensuring the continuation and further development of our ARTICO Sustainable Equity Funds. It will also provide our entire ARTICO team a broader base to operate in terms of research as well as marketing resources. The leadership, the ARTICO team and the investment process of our ARTICO Sustainable Equity Funds will remain unchanged.
Background and Rationale: We have built a good track record with the ARTICO team over the past 12 years by systematically investing in fundamentally good companies. Since 2019, we have expanded our investment criteria to include a high ESG rating and a low carbon footprint. The result is remarkable, as we not only retained the above-average fundamental properties, but were also able to achieve top ratings for both ESG and carbon footprint at the same time. With ARTICO Sustainable Equity Funds, the investor does not have to make any compromises in terms of performance or diversification and can pursue all three goals of “good performance“, “high sustainability“ and “low CO2 footprint“ at the same time.
Our unique positioning potentially appeals to many investors. However, Artico Partners is often regarded as too small by institutional investors to be able to win larger mandates. Our funds have also not yet had wider public distribution. For some time now, we have therefore come to the conclusion that ARTICO Partners cannot exploit its full potential stand-alone, but must look for a strategic partner with whom the next step will be possible. We have now found the right partner.
Last Friday we agreed on a strategic partnership with SERAFIN Asset Management, which not only brings us synergies in the areas of databases and quantitative research, but also gives us a decisive boost in sales and marketing. SERAFIN Asset Management is a young and entrepreneurial German asset management group with 1 billion AuM, which is already on the map with two asset management teams in Frankfurt and Zug. Besides its quantitative focus, it has one particular investment focus on „innovation“ as a key specialty. Subject to FINMA approval, SERAFIN will initially acquire 51% of ARTICO Partners. The entire ARTICO Partners team will remain together and will become the sustainability specialist within the SERAFIN Group.

ARTICO funds get approval for classification under Article 9 SFDR

• Luxembourg regulator approved classification of all ARTICO funds as article 9 SFDR.
• This means the highest sustainability category: Our funds follow a clear decarbonisation objective
• Many impact funds are concentrated on a particular sector or theme and are therefore only suitable for a marginal investment allocation
• ARTICO Sustainable Funds can replace a larger portion of traditional investments for more impact as they do not compromise on investment performance nor on diversification
• Besides the positive impact, the inclusion of ESG & Carbon Footprint criteria will also benefit future outperformance as it is a good proxy for better managed companies

Yearly Report & Outlook: Three things to watch for in 2023

• A painful year is behind us driven by inflation and rising interest rates
• 2022 brought significant stress and volatility: A war on European soil, a global energy crisis and significant geopolitical tensions
• For the full year 2022global developed markets lost 18.1%, global small caps declined 18.8% and Emerging Markets were down 20.1%
• The BIG question is whether the bear market is over: From a historical perspective it would be a surprise not to see much more pain before the turnaround
• The three things to watch for in 2023 are Valuations, the FED and Company Profits
Current valuations are certainly more attractive than a year ago, but are far from typical distressed bear-market valuations (like at the end of 2002 or spring 2009) 
• The only exception are emerging markets valuations which are historically attractive, both in absolute and relative terms
Interest rates are likely to continue to rise a bit more at least for some time
Company profits have been very resilient in 2022 and were a key reason that equity markets „only“ lost 20% despite horrific news
• If profits weaken across the board in 2023, a second phase of bear-market is inevitable

ARTICO wins award as „Best Sustainable Equity Fund Manager Switzerland 2021“

Once the Genie is out of the bottle, it is hard to get it back in

• Market recovery in October despite a long list of ongoing concerns:
• Unsettled pandemic, persisting supply chain shortages, Chinese regulations, declining global growth momentum and the uncertain future interest rate trend
• Global Developed Markets were up 5.7%, Global Small Caps advanced 1.8% and Emerging Markets were up 1.0%
• Central banks continue to navigate in risky waters
• A while ago the FED predicted a short and temporary hike in inflation before it would naturally fall back
• We are now in November and inflation is rising
• Higher inflation with low interest rates is an implicit taxation of the private economy (financial repression)
• This can help reduce real government debt levels, if it lasts long enough
• However letting the inflation Genie out of the bottle is not without risks
• When „temporary“ price increases continue for too long, they can turn into persistent inflationary expectations
• If inflation were to become an issue, it is unclear how central bank would fight it back without a huge damage to the real economy
• Most likely, central banks will therefore have no choice than to keep interest rates artificially lower than justified

Beware of Exuberance in Large Cap Growth Stocks!

• Markets were overall flat in January with the exception of emerging markets
• Global developed markets were down 1.0%, global small caps gained 0.7% and emerging markets advanced 3.1%
• Investors started to worry about the pandemic (delay in vaccines, new mutations) and the risk of a slower than expected economic recovery
• Artico’s stock selection contributed very positively across all funds
OUTLOOK:
• Since a couple of years performance of large cap growth companies has been particularly strong
• This has led to a significant valuation differential with a high potential for a reversal
• Of course market distortions can prevail for much longer than one would think 
• The time has come to be very cautious with focused investments in the past winners like large cap growth stocks
• Equity markets more generally reached the danger zone with very high historic valuations and several signs of bullish over-optimism
• Markets are therefore vulnerable for a correction
• However, given expansion of central bank balance sheets and piling up of government debt, nominal assets (bonds) look even less attractive
The long term case for real assets like equities is therefore very strong
• Artico Sustainable Equity Funds are well positioned to navigate through trend reversals and potentially turbulent times for three reasons:
• First, Artico is invested in companies with fundamental characteristics of highest quality
• Second, Artico funds have no single style bias (growth versus value)
• Third, Artico funds cover the full spectrum of market capitalization (large, mid and small caps)

Contact

ARTICO Partners
Stockerstrasse 50
CH-8002 Zürich

Tel: +41 44 201 40 20
E-mail: info@artico-partners.com