The Rhicon Strategic program is a short to medium-term discretionary trading strategy focused on currencies. The strategy applies technical analysis to implement fundamental, market or purely technical views. The individual trading approaches of Rhicon's four Investment Managers are combined to capture profits across four different styles and time frames. The methodology benefits from a uniquely robust risk management framework, coupled with diversification over managers and time periods.
The investment managers independently generate their own study of the market, a process that benefits from each of their individual expertise. Each manager assesses fundamental, technical and market developments, across their chosen time frame. Whilst there is a strong degree of collaboration and discussion, trading decision-making is entirely autonomous. The approach is applied predominantly to the G-10 currency markets, although liquid emerging market currencies are often traded. Trades are typically implemented via the cash spot market although options can also be used. The managers thus benefit from a broad set of markets and instruments to best implement a trading view to generate absolute returns.
The four managers trade an entirely distinct style and timeframe, depending on their natural expertise and trading experience.
Xavier Stucki - As a mean reverting trader, the manager conducts hourly, daily and weekly correlation studies of his chosen currency pairs and uses this analysis to identify currencies that have not moved with other normally correlated currencies. He uses technical analysis to determine entry and exit point. Maximum 30 trades per month, with an average of 1 per day and no positions are held overnight.
Erik Bjastad - A short term trader with both a trend following and mean reverting approach. The focus is on establishing a fundamental view based on market research and identifying a technical set-up to dictate entry and exit levels. Maximum 40 trades per month, with an average of 2 per day, with positions being held from an intraday basis to intra-week.
Christopher Brandon - the emphasis is on identifying strong technical setups using a set of proprietary tools developed over the past decade. These comprise a unique combination of classic technical analysis such as candlesticks and pattern recognition with an array of market specific studies such as oscillator divergence and ichimoku clouds. The focus is on identifying vulnerable points in the market that can lead to a change in short-term sentiment. There are up to 20 trades per month, with positions being held from within an intra-week basis to intra-month.
Peter Jacobson - seeks to capture somewhat broader technical set-ups and fundamentaldevelopments. The manager benefits from his experience at evaluating investor sentiment and the market's mis-pricing of potential economic outcomes. Technical analysis is used to judge how best to implement an established view. The technical focus is to find the optimal application of a trade idea - which market instruments to be traded, entry levels, expected profit potential, and most importantly the stage at which a position no longer conforms to the original view. There are a maximum of eight trades per month, with these being held intra-month.
An emphasis on a strict and disciplined approach to risk management has always been at the cornerstone of Rhicon's underlying trading philosophy. Controlling the downside risk on each and every trade provides us with two significant advantages in our strategy. The first is that it enables the managers to focus on selecting trades with high reward/risk ratios. Our unique set of market analysis tools means that is not uncommon for trades to be put on with a potential 12:1 ratio. Strict discipline in respecting both the stop loss level and the take profit target are what determines our success over the medium term. The second advantage is that it ensures capital preservation mandates are respected, crucial to staying in the market over a long period of time.
The application of technical analysis with a robust risk management philosophy helps remove the "emotional" pitfalls of trading and means that a strong set-up is traded on its merits alone. The combined skill, and experience of over 40 years between the investment managers, provides effective diversity and the ability to generate absolute returns across varying market conditions. The end result is a distinct lack of correlation with other trading strategies, and in particular to other currency managers.