Forward Management Unveils Tactical Enhanced Offering

January 25, 2011 ( – Forward Management has launched the Forward Tactical Enhanced Fund (FTEEX) that seeks to profit from both up and down market movements through continuous management of market exposure.

A news release said the new Tactical Enhanced Fund uses the same base strategy employed by the Tactical Growth Fund, but is tailored to investors with higher-than-average absolute return targets and tolerance for risk and volatility.  The Enhanced strategy differs by allowing use of somewhat greater leverage (up to 200% net long or 100% net short).  It also allows more opportunistic trading around the portfolio’s core holdings to take advantage of shorter-term market movements. This allows the strategy to benefit from higher market volatility and is designed to maximize potential profit when the market remains within a tight trading range.

According to the announcement, the fund’s investment strategy is designed to evaluate potential long and short investments in an attempt to isolate securities that the manager believes are undervalued or overvalued relative to their intrinsic value and offer the greatest risk-adjusted potential for returns. The manager will rely on a variety of factors to determine whether the market itself or a particular sector or industry is undervalued or overvalued including valuation and monetary conditions, investor sentiment, and momentum factors.

The investment process blends top down, fundamental analysis of macroeconomic factors and investor sentiment with quantitative model-driven analysis of market momentum.  Based on its assessment of market signals, the team invests the portfolio long, short, or neutral to the market.  The strategy invests in both U.S. and non-U.S. securities primarily through futures and exchange traded funds (ETFs) to provide equity market exposure while attempting to avoid stock selection risk. The investment objective of both funds is to produce above-average, risk-adjusted returns, in any market environment, while exhibiting less downside volatility than the S&P 500 Index.

Both the Tactical Enhanced Fund and the Tactical Growth Fund are subadvised by Broadmark Asset Management, LLC. The Tactical Enhanced Fund is offered in investor, institutional, A and C share classes and is available through Charles Schwab, National Financial, Pershing and Matrix Clearing, the announcement said.