On July 4th, R&R Consulting will launch VSOP, its virtual long-short fund designed to exploit current arbitrage opportunities in the RMBS market.
To select tranches for the fund, we searched for deals that we determined to be over- or undervalued based on our internal estimates of current ratings, prices, and what we call #limbo losses, all of which are compared to publicly available measures. Specifically—
- From the ratings standpoint, we used our Point-In-Time Ranking Tool (PIT) to compare and rank almost 50,000 transactions, providing a quick summary of relative deal quality. It is easy to identify mis-rated tranches by comparing their NRSRO ratings to those of other tranches with similar PIT rankings.
- From the pricing side, we used ABSTRAK, our fully automated valuation platform. ABSTRAK allowed us to compare each tranche’s market price to our assessment of its fair market value.
- Finally, we applied limbo loss analysis to the tranches to identify any hidden or unreported losses in the loan pools. The limbo loss results served as additional evidence to strengthen our virtual investment decisions.
Our fund is permitted to establish long positions on underrated and/or underpriced deals with zero limbo loss; and short positions on overrated and/or overpriced deals, prioritizing those with high levels of limbo loss. The R&R Team has agreed on the initial 50 constituents. On July 5th, R&R will publish some information on the size and holdings of VSOP. We will update you on its performance, on or around the fifth of every month.
While reviewing candidate tranches, we also identified a number of oddball securities (#oddball deals) with unusual credit features. We are interested to observe how they perform going forward and plan to share our observations with you on the Spectrum blog.
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