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OQAM’s New Stand-Alone Fund Takes Shape

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Stockholm (HedgeNordic) – Malmö-based asset management firm OQAM made a strategic shift by winding down its multi-strategy hedge fund, ia, in late 2022. The firm has chosen to open up the innovation engine behind its multi-strategy, multi-asset fund by offering individual strategies either through discretionary mandates or fund structures. Fast forward one year, OQAM is in the process of launching a systematic short-term trading strategy in a stand-alone fund structure.

“As a carve-out from our multi-strategy fund ia, we are currently in the process of implementing a systematic short-term trading strategy in a stand-alone fund structure,” Thorbjörn Wallentin (pictured right), the founder and CIO of OQAM, tells Sigtech. The strategy involves trading around 20 liquid futures and FX pairs with an average holding period of less than one day.

“As a carve-out from our multi-strategy fund ia, we are currently in the process of implementing a systematic short-term trading strategy in a stand-alone fund structure.”

OQAM’s ia used to combine around 20 different models within four broader strategy groups, encompassing asset allocation, short-term trading, trend strategies, and relative-value strategies. Founded in 2015 by Thorbjörn Wallentin and Andreas Olsson, OQAM has continuously developed and managed absolute return-focused multi-asset class strategies. “At OQAM, our approach to research and investing revolves around a quantamental and data-informed foundation,” Wallentin describes the firm’s approach in the interview with Sigtech. “I am a firm believer that harnessing the power of systematic models and eliminating human biases serves as the optimal means to unlock the full potential of quant strategies.”

“We are also in the process of setting up customized white label solutions for trend-following and asset allocation strategies for professional investors and other financial institutions.”

Apart from its focus on absolute return-focused multi-asset strategies, OQAM has also launched a fixed-income credit fund focused on the Nordic BBB-segment. This initiative was conducted in partnership with one of OQAM’s shareholders, a large single family office that has outsourced its credit portfolio to OQAM. According to Wallentin, the Malmö-based asset management firm is “also in the process of setting up customized white label solutions for trend-following and asset allocation strategies for professional investors and other financial institutions.”

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Eugeniu Guzun
Eugeniu Guzun
Eugeniu Guzun serves as a data analyst responsible for maintaining and gatekeeping the Nordic Hedge Index, and as a journalist covering the Nordic hedge fund industry for HedgeNordic. Eugeniu completed his Master’s degree at the Stockholm School of Economics in 2018. Write to Eugeniu Guzun at eugene@hedgenordic.com

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