Three Rock Capital to Launch Macro Fund (Bloomberg)

Dublin-based Three Rock Capital Management will launch a global macro hedge fund by the end of the first quarter 2017, according to Chief Executive Officer Ciaran Kane.

The fund, which is expected to start with $50 million, will be managed by Three Rock’s Chief Investment Officer Conor O’Mara.

“The world has been dominated by what central banks have been doing in recent years,” Kane said in a telephone call on Nov. 22. “Central banks will obviously remain influential but their influence won’t be as significant, so you will see some other themes start to come back into play. You will likely see interest rates starting to rise and there will be more volatility and more market direction which is good for macro strategies.”

Macro funds have struggled to make returns globally, falling 1.4 percent on average this year, according to data provided by Eurekahedge.

Three Rock currently runs separately managed accounts for family offices and high-net-worth individuals, Kane said. The SMA platform — the Three Rock Global Macro Program — returned 9.5 percent this year through Nov. 21 this year. The fund has gained about 9 percent annualized since it started trading in January 2009.

O’Mara was previously a foreign exchange trader at the Bank of Ireland and National Irish Bank. Before joining Three Rock, Kane worked at Barclays Capital, ABN Amro and the Bank of Ireland.

Three Rock was called Anark Capital when it was launched by O’Mara in 2009. It was rebranded as Three Rock Capital Management — named after the Three Rock Mountain which overlooks Dublin — after Kane and Chief Operating Officer Fergal Cox joined in 2012.–_35z205vg2ndzoyj9ln/launches


Three Rock Pile In to Dollar Rally (Bloomberg)

LindenGrove, Three Rock Pile In to Dollar Rally

LindenGrove Capital and Three Rock Capital Management see U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals as a can’t-miss boon for the U.S. dollar.

London-based LindenGrove Capital is long the U.S. dollar versus the Japanese yen, Chinese yuan, Korean won and Taiwan dollar. Dublin-based Three Rock has turned bullish on the dollar versus the yen and euro.

The greenback has been buoyed since the Nov. 8 vote by speculation the Republican’s proposals to increase spending and cut taxes will spur growth and inflation, nudging the central bank toward raising interest rates.

The euro could reach parity with the dollar in 2017, according to Conor O’Mara, chief investment officer at Three Rock. The euro/dollar has traded between 1.05 and 1.15 since March 2015, with “a test of the lower side of this range appearing likely,” O’Mara said in a Nov. 14 commentary sent to investors. It’s a similar story for the yen, which O’Mara forecasts will weaken to between 112 and 115 against the greenback.

“In Japan, the central bank has committed to keep 10-year yields ‘around 0 percent’,” he said. “The yen is beginning to weaken as a consequence and I expect this to continue.”

“On the one hand, you have fiscal stimulus which will push growth and inflation higher, which will make the [Federal Reserve] more restrictive,” Borut Miklavcic, chief investment officer of LindenGrove Capital, said in a Nov. 16 interview. “Then of course, there’s the protectionism put forward by Trump. We expect that will be watered down. But that will work against any country that exports significantly to the U.S.”

Forecasts for stronger U.S. economic data added to the momentum triggered by Trump’s victory in the presidential election. A report Tuesday showing a 0.8 percent rise in retail sales in October followed an upwardly revised 1 percent jump the prior month, for the biggest back-to-back increase since 2014. Data Wednesday showing U.S. manufacturing increased for a second month helped drive the market-implied probability of a Fed hike in December to 94 percent. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Thursday the U.S. central bank is close to lifting interest rates as the economy continues to create jobs at a healthy clip and inflation inches higher.

“Before the election, I thought if Trump won, it would be negative for the currency because a Trump administration had indicated they might pursue a weaker dollar policy,” O’Mara said in a telephone interview on Nov. 17. “But I don’t think they can [do that] anytime soon against the backdrop of rising interest rates.”

The $312 millionLindenGrove Capital Discretionary Global Macro Strategy is down 1.5 percent this year through October, according to an investor letter seen by Bloomberg Briefs. Three Rock Capital, which manages $75 million, returned 5.6 percent in the first 10 months of the year, a separate investor letter showed.


Three Rock Capital rated amongst the Most Consistent Top Performing CTAs over 5 years by Preqin

Three Rock Capital’s Global Macro Program has ranked second amongst the Most Consistent Top Performing CTAs over 5 years (July 2011 – June 2016) in the 2016 Preqin Alternative Assets Performance Monitor.