COMMENTARY: Managed Futures Strategy Fund June 2018

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  • Equities: Long Russell 2000 Index
  • Fixed Income: Long 2 -Year German Bond (Schatz)
  • Currencies: Short Brazilian Real/ U.S. Dollar
  • Commodities: Long Nickel (London)
  • Equities: OMXS30 Index
  • Fixed Income: 10-Year Italian Government Bond (Long Term)
  • Currencies: Mexican Peso/ U.S. Dollar
  • Commodities: Long Cocoa (New York)

Past Commentaries

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018


The fund returned +1.21 in June with notable gains coming from the commodity sector, particularly in grains and energies.

Global equities were broadly balanced during the month amidst ongoing trade tensions. Domestically, more defensive names within utilities and consumer staples posted returns of more than 2% while internationally, Chinese equities fell by more than 5% due to ongoing geopolitical tensions regarding tariffs.

In a similar fashion, the U.S. dollar continued to strengthen in June. This was a result of the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates mid-month as well as positive economic data. However, geopolitical uncertainties caused a “risk off” scenario that saw currencies in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, and Canada weaken versus the greenback.

In June, energy markets strengthened as headlines and rumors surrounding the OPEC meeting caused a flurry of price spikes in crude oil and its products. Agricultural commodities such as soybeans ultimately weakened amid trade tension with China, beneficial crop weather and oversupply concerns. Precious metals also weakened as equities remained resilient and the dollar strengthened.

Performance (as of 6/30/2018)
The Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses for the Longboard Managed Futures Strategy Fund class A and I are 3.13% and 2.88% respectively. The maximum sales charge for Class A (Max Load) shares is 5.75%. The performance data quoted here represents past performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted above. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. For performance information current to the most recent month-end, please call toll-free 855-294-7540 or visit our website, www.longboardfunds.com. There is no guarantee that any investment will achieve its objectives, generate positive returns, or avoid losses.


There is no end in sight for the ongoing political tensions surrounding the potential for a trade war. During the month, President Trump announced a number of tariffs on imports from the EU, China, Mexico and Canada. The market seems to be interpreting this as a positive for the U.S. as domestic equities remain upbeat and the U.S. dollar continues to strengthen.

These factors paired with the Federal Reserve that has effectively communicated a consistent hiking policy have led domestic yields, equities and the US dollar to rise. However, much remains to be seen in terms of the longerterm impact on economic growth and the potential for tariff retaliation.

Amidst the political unknowns, the current landscape of varied moves in commodities has allowed exposure in commodities to increase while trends continue to strengthen. Heading into the second half of the year, our exposure to commodities is our largest allocation of risk at the portfolio level.


Relative to previous months, U.S. equities were fairly subdued during June. The S&P 500 finished up less than 1% as pressure subsided but global tensions remained a headwind. Elsewhere, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore each saw equities fall by more than 5%. In Australia and Spain, positive growth expectations saw equities rise by more than 3%.

We closed long positions in equity indexes based in China (H-Shares), Singapore, and Sweden (OMX). Meanwhile. we opened a new long position in Canadian equity futures. Our overall equity exposure fell during the month.


The commitment from the Federal Reserve to continue gradually hiking interest rates paired with higher inflation data caused short term interest rates to end the month slightly higher. However, increased tariffs and potential retaliation caused U.S. 10-year yields to end the month lower.

We closed short positions in Canadian government bonds and Australian 3-year bonds. However, our overall fixed income exposure remained fairly constant during the month.


The U.S. dollar continued to strengthen during the month as global trade tensions created a “risk off” theme. Also, the Federal Reserve hiked by 25bp and caused further interest rate differentials between global central banks. In the euro, price action was driven by the announcement for an end of quantitative easing paired with dovish forward guidance. The Australian and New Zealand dollars were the worst performing currencies of the G10, falling by more than 2% versus the U.S. dollar

We closed a long position in British pound versus the Australian dollar as well as a short position in Australian dollar versus Canadian dollar. We closed a short U.S. dollar position versus the South African rand and we opened new long positions in U.S. dollar versus Australian and New Zealand dollars. Our overall currency exposure increased slightly as our portfolio continues to add to long U.S. dollar positions.


Commodities were the best performing asset class for the month as profits in grains and energies more than offset losses in metals. As mentioned above, trade wars with China and favorable weather conditions weighed heavily on the grain complex, which was beneficial to our short positions in soybeans, bean oil, wheat and corn. In energies, expectations that OPEC would announce a supply increase caused weakness in the sector early in the month. However, the announcement by OPEC of a less than expected increase along with speculation that the U.S. would stop importing oil from Iran boosted Brent Crude above $79 per barrel as the contract ended the month nearly 3% higher. Metals posted a loss for the month as long positions in aluminum and nickel were adversely affected by talk of tariffs and a strengthening US dollar. However, a significant portion of the losses were offset by our short position in platinum which sold off due to these same factors.

We opened new short positions in soybeans, Minneapolis wheat, and corn as well as a new long position in rough rice. We closed long positions in London cocoa and tin. Our overall commodity exposure increased slightly during the month and remains are largest risk allocation at the moment.

Commodity Market
A physical or virtual marketplace for buying, selling, and trading raw or primary product such as natural resources, agricultural products, and livestock.
Forward Contract
A non-standardized contract between two parties to buy or sell a specified asset of specified quantity with delivery and payment occurring on a specified date.
Futures Contract
A standardized contract between two parties to buy or sell a specified asset of standardized quantity and quality with delivery and payment occurring on a specified date.
Buying an asset such as a stock, commodity or currency with the expectation that the asset will rise in value.
Risk Allocation
The estimated maximum equity a position could lose, divided by the estimated aggregate equity currently at risk of loss across all positions inthe portfolio.
Selling an asset such as a stock, commodity or currency, with the expectation that the asset will decrease in value.
Holding periods averaging greater than one year.


Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Longboard Managed Futures Strategy Fund. This and other important information about the Fund is contained in the prospectus, which can be obtained at https://www.longboardfunds.com or by calling 855-294-7540. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. The Longboard Managed Futures Strategy Fund is distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC, a FINRA/SIPC member. Longboard Asset Management, LP, is not affiliated with Northern Lights Distributors, LLC.


Mutual funds involve risk including possible loss of principal. The fund will invest a percentage of its assets in derivatives, such as commodities, futures and options contracts. The use of such derivatives and the resulting high portfolio turnover may expose the fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to, if it invested directly in the securities and commodities underlying those derivatives. The fund may experience losses that exceed those experienced by funds that do not use futures contracts, options and commodities. Changes in interest rates and the liquidity of certain investments could affect the fund’s overall performance. The fund is non-diversified and as a result, changes in the value of a single security may have significant effect on the fund’s value. Other risks include credit risks and investments in fixed income securities, structured notes, asset-backed securities and foreign investments. Furthermore, the use of short positions and leveraging can magnify the potential for gain or loss and amplify the effects of market volatility on the fund’s share price. The fund is subject to regulatory change and tax risks. Changes to current regulation or taxation rules could increase costs associated with an investment in the Fund.