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Welcome! We are the first active equity asset management company to systematically combine:

  • A higher probability of outperformance by investing in stocks with superior fundamental attributes
  • Higher ESG & Sustainability scores with AA or AAA ESG-Rating by MSCI for all our funds
  • Climate Paris-Aligned funds with low Carbon Footprints and low Implied Temperature Rise
News

Central Banks in a Dilemma: Fight Inflation or Prevent a Debt Crisis?

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

 

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
CIO and Partner

As Chief Investment Officer Tero is responsible for the research and development of investment strategies and portfolios. His responsibilities include the continued development of the investment platform and the portfolio management of ARTICO funds.

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
Head PM 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
  • Monica Maeder
  • Dominique Bertrand

cfi.co award 2018 winner switzerland

News

Central Banks in a Dilemma: Fight Inflation or Prevent a Debt Crisis?

• The apocalyptic mood one month ago led oversold equity markets to rebound
• Emerging markets did not benefit from it hampered by the re-election of XI and the lockdown-related economic slowdown
• In October, global developed markets gained 7.2%, global small caps advanced 4.7% and Emerging Markets were down 3.1%
Central banks face a big dilemma: Fighting inflation or preserving financial stability?
• Central banks want to convince markets that their priority is taming inflation
But inflation rates are not impressed at all by the light-hearted tightening so far
• Inflation is slowly becoming endemic and will be much stickier than expected
• Unless central banks would raise interest rates substantially more
This is very unlikely to happen given huge global debt levels and the potential debt crisis and financial instability
• The Bank of England intervened just massively to prevent a financial collapse following the chaotic plans of the new (ex-) prime minister
• This is a strong indication that central banks will opt for preserving financial stability and let inflation run
• Real assets offer the best long-term protection against persisting inflation
Inflation, rising interest rates, a looming credit crisis, an increasing risk of a recession and the ongoing geo-political tensions will keep market mood swinging up and down
• Investors should stay invested in high quality stocks
It is premature to significantly increase allocations to equities
ARTICO Sustainable Equity Funds are the first and so far only active equity funds to combine:
• a) superior fundamental characteristics,
• b) very high ESG/Sustainability Scores („AA/AAA“ ESG Rating by MSCI) and
• c) very low carbon footprint aligned with Paris-climate objectives (soon to be classified as Article 9 SFDR)
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Apocalypse Now? Better to keep a clear head.

• Equity markets with sharp sell-off as apocalyptic fears mount
• In September, global developed markets lost 9.3%, global small caps declined 10.6% and Emerging Markets were down 11.7%
It would seem that the horsemen of the apocalypse are saddling their horses:
• (i) A real atomic threat unseen since Cuban crisis 1962
(ii) Fragile markets awaiting their next „Lehman-moment“ 
• (iii) The latent risk of a subsequent deep global credit crisis
• (iv) The heightened risk of critical infrastructure sabotage following the pipeline-attacks in the North Sea
• Add to that rising interest rates and an expected stagflation and there is not much hope for any optimism
And that is precisely the good news
• But valuations – while much improved – have not yet reached typical bear-market-lows (see page 2)
• History suggests that the turning point will come when investor sentiment has reached the bottom
• Investors should focus on staying invested in high quality portfolios
Those who reduced their positions earlier should start planning their re-entry strategy (no rush…and consider a phased approach)

Still Dreaming of Goldilocks?

• Equity markets sell-off following central bank’s harsher tone on tightening
• Markets focus on short term inflation and central bank action
• In August, global developed markets lost 4.2%, global small caps declined 2.3% and Emerging Markets gained 0.4%.
Central Banks try to persuade markets about their determination to fight inflation
• But real interest rates remain negative at historic lows
A lot relies on hope that inflation rates will come down soon
We believe inflation is slowly finding its way into the minds of people and the economic system
• This is a completely new experience for all aged under 55 ….
• Inflation is most likely going to be stickier than many would hope
• The huge global debt levels limit the freedom for much more severe tightening
• In a high inflation environment with negative real interest rates cash and bonds are not attractive
• Corporate growth and earnings continue to be robust 
• Equity valuations have improved
Equities clearly offer the better long-term opportunities
• But the bear market is not over yet. More stress and pain are likely in the months to come
We strongly recommend staying invested in real assets and to favour equity portfolios with highest fundamental quality

Time to Play „Defense“

• Ukraine war unfolds with appalling brutality
• Markets remain surprisingly resilient considering a) energy and commodity price surge, b) mounting inflation pressure and c) the FED’s tightening of monetary policy
• In March, global developed markets were up 2.7%, global small caps advanced 1.0% and Emerging Markets lost 2.3%.
Russian equities were taken out of the Emerging Market Index by MSCI
• ARTICO was able to outperform thanks to a low exposure to Russian equities
• The war is just 5 weeks old and scenarios of how this could further develop are very diverse and still unpredictable
• We think the war marks a fundamental change to the world order 
• It is unlikely we will see a return to pre-war conditions
• Russia will fall behind a new iron curtain
• The role of India and China will be decisive and needs to be clarified
• The intensifying global economic war will have long-lasting effect on energy and commodity markets
• This will add to inflationary pressures and most likely reduce global economic growth
• Inflation will become a serious threat to social stability
• Central banks will have to fight inflation and prevent a recession at the same time…an almost impossible challenge
• But: Western economies are strong enough to forego any trading with Russia and their overwhelming economic strength will prevail
• The transition to less fossil fuels will be accelerated
• Playing „Defense“, investors should now focus on high-quality, well-diversified portfolios with excellent fundamental and ESG characteristics

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