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Cervino Capital Management LLC 

Gold Covered Call Writing

Manager: Davide Accomazzo, Mack Frankfurter

Address: PO Box 402, Beverly Hills, CA, 90213, U.S.A.



Program Type:CTA
Inception Date:Nov 6, 2009
Incentive Fee:0%
Annual Mgt Fee:2%
Min Investment:$50,000
Disclosure Doc:View
Performance Program S&P 500
Total ROR:7.95%128.02%
Annual ROR:3.01%37.58%
1 Year:0.00%14.71%
Statistics Program S&P 500
Average Monthly Gain:2.22%4.42%
Average Monthly Loss:-3.73%-3.43%
Winning Months:2117
Losing Months:1014
Current DD:13.516.97
Max DD:13.5117.03
Sharpe Ratio (RF 1%):0.18
Annualized Std Dev:11.25




Holding PeriodLong Term

Monthly Returns as Percentage by Year

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Program Info

Cervino Capital Management's GOLD COVERED CALL WRITING program is a unique "beta replication" approach in that it offers "alternative beta" exposure to gold, while simultaneously utilizing options as an "alpha overlay". Gold is sometimes considered a currency, sometimes a commodity and sometimes a store of value. This program adds another dimension by generating income from premium capture, while also providing a method to protect downside risk through the purchase of put options. Though the covered call can be utilized in any market condition, it is most often employed when the investor, while bullish on the underlying asset, feels that the asset's market value will experience little range over the lifetime of the call contract. The investor desires to either generate additional income apart from appreciation in the value of the underlying asset, and/or provide a limited amount of protection against a decline in the underlying asset value. While this strategy can offer limited protection from a decline in price of the underlying asset and limited profit participation with an increase in asset's price, it generates income because the investor keeps the premium received from writing the call. The covered call is widely regarded as a conservative strategy because it decreases the risk of asset ownership. Cervino Capital intends to maintain a perpetual long gold futures position by "rolling the futures contract forward" to deferred-delivery futures contracts, and writing call options on the underlying gold futures contracts either "at-the-money," slightly "out-of-the-money" or slightly "in-the-money." At the same time, investors can adjust through the use of notional funds their overall investment exposure by modifying leverage.

Company Info

There is a risk of loss trading futures and options. They are intended for sophisticated investors and therefore are not suitable for everyone. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS.

Cervino Capital Management specializes in trading separate managed accounts for sophisticated investors. Our primary objective is to produce risk-adjusted "skill-based" returns through a variety of alternative and traditional strategies. Our investment philosophy recognizes that investment performance is a function of risk taken, but also that the complexity of human behavior can never be fully modeled. And while mathematical techniques reveal important dynamics within the markets, circular relationships between cause and effect relegate quant models to just an abstraction of reality... Expecting models to be exactly right is unreasonable. Rather, a discretionary common sense approach is needed-one which balances the quantitative with the qualitative in order to manage the cycles of volatility.

The following passages are excerpts from our working paper available at:
"Keynes believed that fundamental uncertainty is a crucial element in any economic processes. And that under most circumstances, even if probabilities could be estimated, they [are] meaningless for long period decision making. The nature and power of market forces cannot deal with the unpredictability of the long run, and relying on them to do so will lead to incomplete information." Ric Holt's Post-Keynesian articulation of Keynes's ideas on uncertainty and predictability underscores our thesis. From our perspective as practitioners, it seems obvious that the truth is somewhere in the middle rather than at the ideological extremes of neoclassical ergodic systems. Models are not exclusive and each reveal underlying qualities within the aggregate wealth portfolio of all agents in the global economy.

Our investigation shows that the research is inconclusive with respect to modeling sources of returns in the commodity futures markets, largely because these models have inherent shortcomings in being able to pinpoint a definitive source of structural risk premium within the complexity of such markets. We hypothesize that the classic arbitrage pricing theory contains circular logic, and as a consequence, its natural state is disequilibrium, not equilibrium. We extend this hypothesis to suggest that the term structure of the futures price curve, while indicative of a potential roll return benefit (or detriment), in fact implies a complex series of roll yield permutations. Similarly, the hedging response function elicits behavioral risk management mechanisms, and therefore, corroborates social reflexivity. Such models are inter-related and each reflects certain qualities and dynamics within the overall futures market paradigm.

These models do not operate to the exclusion of the other, nor exclusively from each other; instead, such models are inter-related and each reflect certain aspects and dynamics within the overall futures market paradigm. What these models convey is an insightful understanding, provided one accepts that in the real world agents are irrational, that markets drift from disequilibrium to equilibrium and back, and inputs/outputs are reflexive. Hence, we posit that the combination of futures pricing models in fact support a post-Keynesian view that the world is messy and uncertain.

Manager Info

DAVIDE ACCOMAZZO, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer, has been trading professionally since 1996. From 1996 through 1997 he was employed as a Euro-convertible bond/international equities sales trader for Jefferies Group, Inc. in their New York office. In this position he covered many international funds including Arca, La Generali, Hansberger, New Africa Fund/NCM, Cranberry Rock, Pontaray, Weston Group, and Oppenheimer. In 1998 he left to trade his own capital and in 1999 he started Kensington Offshore Limited, a speculative hedge fund which outperformed the S&P 500 market benchmark during the 1999 through 2002 boom and bust economic cycles. In 2001 he launched Kensington Capital Management LLC, a CTA that focused on trading options on futures and currency futures. Mr. Accomazzo was signed on by UBS Wealth Management USA in 2004 to manage the portfolios of high net worth investors. In 2005, Mr. Accomazzo co-founded Cervino Capital Management LLC as Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and is the company's principal trader. Mr. Accomazzo received a Laurea in Political Sciences and International Relations at Universita' degli Studi Genova in 1990, a Masters in Arts in Mass Comm. from California State University Northridge in 1992, and his MBA in Finance at the School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University in June 1996. Mr. Accomazzo also serves as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business, where he teaches courses on global capital markets and portfolio investment management.

MACK FRANKFURTER, Managing Director and Chief of Operations, started his career in the financial services industry in 1989 with Bank of America. In 1991 he joined The Echelon Group, Inc. as Vice President in charge of operations of Echelon's $250 million managed futures business. As an Associated Person, he was involved with the startup, accounting, client services, compliance, backoffice and marketing of multiple joint venture CTAs including Dreiss Research Corporation, Jackson Grain Management, and Range Wise. Mr. Frankfurter was also involved in activities related to the establishment of other Echelon-related ventures including Dignity Partners, Inc., a viatical settlement business. Dignity Partners institutionalized the viatical settlement industry by successfully completing a private placement of $50 million in securitized notes (voted 1995 Private Deal of the Year by Investment Dealers Digest), and a subsequent initial public offering in 1996. In January 1999 he left Echelon and consulted for investment bank FleetBoston Robertson Stephens before joining Capco in 2000 as a Senior Consultant. While with Capco he worked on a variety of long-term projects for Scudder Kemper/Thomas Weisel, Commerzbank and Bank of Montreal. Mr. Frankfurter was hired by UBS Financial Services, Inc. in 2004, and in 2005 left to rejoin NextStep Strategies, LLC, a consultancy company he established in 2002. In July 2005 he co-founded Cervino Capital Management LLC where he serves as Chief of Operations and Compliance Director. As of September 2007, Mr. Frankfurter is also Chief Investment Strategist for Managed Account Research, Inc. where he performs research on managed futures investments.

This presentation does not constitute a solicitation to invest, which may only be made at the time a qualified investor receives the disclosure document of Cervino Capital Management LLC. Derivatives transactions, including futures and options, are complex and carry a high degree of risk. There is a risk of loss trading futures and options. They are intended for sophisticated investors and are not suitable for everyone. PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT NECESSARILY INDICATIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. See disclosure document for additional discussion of risks.

Total ROR: Total compound return since inception of program. Calculated as (ROR1 * ROR2 * _ * RORn - 1) * 100%. Where RORi = rate of return of i period calculated as (Ri / 100) + 1, and n is number of periods since inception.

Annual ROR: Annualized compound return since inception of program. Calculated as ((ROR1 * ROR2 * _ * RORn ) ^ 12/n - 1) * 100%. Where RORi = rate of return of i period calculated as (Ri / 100) + 1, and n is number of periods since inception. If i period is less than twelve months, then formula annualizes compound return.

Year to Date: Total compound return starting with first month of the current year.

1 Year: Compound annual return for most recent rolling twelve month period (n = 12). If program has less than twelve month history, then formula reflects total compound return since inception of program.

3 Year: Compound annual return for most recent rolling thirty-six month period (n = 36). If program has less than thirty-six month history, then formula reflects total compound return since inception of program.