ARTS Asset Management

ARTS Asset Management GmbH, part of the C-Quadrat Investment Group is an Austrian investment firm headquartered in Vienna and St.Pölten, which has specialised in the development of quantitative trading-systems. The proprietary, self-developed, technical trading system forms the basis for active fund management, in which all investment decisions are made independently of human emotions. In contrast to most classically managed funds, the investment performance of total return funds is not based on a benchmark, but tries to generate absolute profits over the long term in all market phases.

The core strength of the products lies in the combination of their medium-term trend following orientation and the permanent adjustment of the portfolio to the respective development of the individual markets with the aim of limiting losses through active risk management in order to generate positive returns in the long term.
The basis for the successful use of  the ARTS trading systems is a specially developed, carefully maintained database that is updated several times a day and contains data on well over 10,000 investment funds and ETFs worldwide.

At present, about 2.3 Bln. EUR are managed by ARTS within 16 investment funds.


The ARTS team responsible for the development and implementation of technical trading systems consists of top specialists under the leadership of Mag. Leo Willert with many years of experience in the planning and construction of highly complex databases, top finance mathematicians, economists and trading experts.

Total Return Concept

What is a Total Return Fund? 

Total Return funds aim for a return that is independent of market development. This is to be achieved through active allocation between individual markets, regions, sectors or asset classes, thereby reducing risk upon negative market movments and allocation to more risk-averse assetclasses. The performance of the fund is therefore largely dependent on the ability of the fund managers or the technical trading system to assess the current state the market is in.

How does the Total Return concept work?
The ARTS Total Return concept represents a highly active management style, the composition of the portfolio is changing very frequently. Irrespective of the skill of a fund manager, the fund selection is carried out purely technically according to fully standardised, quantitative criteria. The trading system does not attempt to anticipate trends, but only invests once a positive trend has established. On a daily basis, the market is analysed for existing trends and purchase and sale decisions are triggered on basis of that assesment. From over 10,000 investment funds, ETFs and equities, the system selects the ones wih strongest trend-behaviour. Hence your money is always invested where it seems most profitable.
In bear markets the proportion of equity exposure can be reduced down to zero. In such phases the capital is largely invested in money market instruments, fixed income bonds with short maturity and investments with strong negative correlation to the classical stock indices. Security selection follows purely technical, fully standardised quantitative criteria independent of the skills of an individual fund manager.

Which funds are managed by the Total Return concept?
The Total Return concept is applied to almost all funds manged by ARTS Asset Management. The distinction between the individual funds lies primarily in the risk/return distribution. The dynamically oriented funds can invest up to 100% in equity funds, while with balanced funds, the maximum equity ratio lies at 50% or up to 60%. The defensive funds, whose equity quota can amount to a maximum of 30%, are the most conservative within the ARTS product family.
In a strongly negative stock market enviroment, the equity exposure can be reduced to zero in all total return strategies. In such cases, up to 100% is invested in both bond and or money market funds or near-money market funds.

Why a Total Return Concept?
After the recent volatile stock markets movements, many investors are uncertain about their future investment strategy: Which asset class do I choose? Shares, bonds or back to the saving accounts? When is the right time to start? How can I reduce risk without sacrificing returns?
The Total Return concept, which is used in all ARTS funds, offers a solution for all these matters: In the event of a strong upward market (bull market), the focus is on investing in most promising equities or bonds for the purpose of yield optimisation = "attractive yield opportunities". In a negative stock market environment (bear market), a gradual shift to conservative investment instruments is made = "avoidance of long loss phases". However, temporary price losses resulting from short-term market corrections cannot be completely avoided.