Columbia Seligman Premium Expertise Progress Fund (NYSE:STK) is an fairness “buy-write” closed finish fund. The fund is lengthy a portfolio of know-how associated firms and writes name choices on the Nasdaq 100, choices which can usually vary from 25% to 90% of the underlying worth of the fund holdings:
Beneath regular market situations, the fund’s funding program will consist primarily of investing in a portfolio of fairness securities of know-how and technology-related firms in addition to writing name choices on the NASDAQ 100 Index or its exchange-traded (ETF) fund equal on a month-to-month foundation. The mixture notional quantity of the decision choices will usually vary from 25% to 90% of the underlying worth of the fund’s holdings of widespread inventory. The fund expects to generate present revenue from premiums acquired from writing name choices on the NASDAQ 100 or its ETF equal.
To notice that the fund has a slight foundation between the holdings (solely 66 names within the portfolio at the moment) and the written calls that are achieved on the index. We like the truth that the fund is targeting a smaller variety of names when in comparison with the index as a result of it permits the portfolio managers to generate alpha for the fund, lively administration which has confirmed its value all through time through its stellar efficiency.
We like the truth that the decision writing is dynamic and depending on market situations. Energetic administration of name writing is the best way to go in our opinion. The primary flaw of many choices systematic methods is that they fail to regulate notional when the primary pricing inputs are too costly or too low cost. STK has a really straight ahead lever when contemplating the overwritten notional:
In figuring out the extent (i.e., 0% to 90%) of name choices to be written on the NASDAQ 100, the Funding Supervisor’s Guidelines-based Choice Technique relies on the CBOE NASDAQ-100 Volatility Index (the VXN Index). The VXN Index measures the market’s expectation of 30-day volatility implicit within the costs of near-term NASDAQ 100 Index choices. The VXN Index, which is quoted in proportion factors (e.g., 19.36), is a number one barometer of investor sentiment and market volatility referring to the NASDAQ 100 Index. Basically, the Funding Supervisor intends to write down extra name choices when market volatility, as represented by the VXN Index, is excessive (and premiums acquired for writing the choice are excessive) and write fewer name choices when market volatility, as represented by the VXN Index, is low (and premiums for writing the choice are low)
Principally the CEF writes choices on virtually your complete notional when VIX ranges are excessive, and pulls again when VIX is low. At present the VIX is round roughly 20, and the fund has a 49% overwritten proportion. We like this dynamic method and we really feel one of these lens generates alpha in the long run. To that finish STK has outperformed the Nasdaq yr to this point, being up 19.6% versus 13.3% for the index.
STK is a sturdy CEF that delivers on reworking Nasdaq returns into dividends. The fund employs a dynamic overwrite technique that’s VIX dependent. The CEF has outperformed the Nasdaq in 2023 however is now buying and selling on the prime finish of its historic premium vary. We’re subsequently on Maintain for this identify.
- AUM: $0.44 billion.
- Sharpe Ratio: 0.7 (3Y).
- Std. Deviation: 26 (3Y).
- Yield: 6.8%
- Premium/Low cost to NAV: 7.14%
- Z-Stat: 0.9
- Leverage Ratio: 0%
The CEF has healthily outperformed the Nasdaq in 2023:
Promote vol methods as embedded in QQQX and STK have additionally outperformed the index on a 1-year lookback:
Long run STK is a comparable funding to Nasdaq, whereas QQQX trails considerably:
The CEF solely holds 66 names in its portfolio:
We will see from the above desk that the elemental ratios of the underlying firms examine favorably with the index – i.e. decrease P/E ratios and P/B values. That is the place the portfolio supervisor ought to make a distinction.
The highest sectors within the CEF are semiconductors and software program:
The highest holdings are pretty concentrated, with all the names above a 3% weighting within the fund:
Premium / Low cost to NAV
The fund is now buying and selling near the highest vary of its historic premium to NAV:
We will see how the fund has excessive beta to market risk-on / risk-off strikes, with the premium contracting to zero throughout sell-offs. A considerable portion of the outperformance this yr in STK is pushed by its widening premium to web asset worth. We anticipate the fund to provide it up throughout the subsequent market sell-off leg.
STK is an fairness buy-write CEF. The fund holds 66 know-how associated names and writes name choices on the Nasdaq 100 index. The car employs a dynamic name writing technique that’s VIX dependent. The fund covers a better proportion of the portfolio when the VIX is excessive and a decrease quantity when the VIX is low. At present with the VIX within the low 20s the CEF has solely 49% of the portfolio overwritten with name choices. The car’s technique has been profitable, outperforming the Nasdaq in 2023 by 6%. Long run this CEF efficiently transforms Nasdaq returns into dividends, exhibiting a complete return efficiency comparable with QQQ. With the CEF now buying and selling on the prime finish of its historic premium vary and with tech equities overvalued in our opinion, we’re on Maintain with respect to STK CEF.