AQR Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund

QRCRX
  • daily nav $8.50
  • change $-0.17
  • daily return -1.96%
  • inception date 9/2/2014
  • AUM $530MM

As of July 19, 2024

  About the Fund

Investment Objective

Seeks total return. Total return consists of capital appreciation and income

A Diversifying Source of Returns

With historically positive returns and low correlations to traditional asset classes, 1 1 Close Source: Ari Levine, Yao Hua Ooi, Matthew Richardson and Caroline Sasseville, 2018. “Commodities for the Long Run,” Financial Analysts Journal, 74:2, 55-68. commodities can provide diversification benefits to a stocks/bonds portfolio over the long term. In contrast to stocks and bonds, commodities have historically tended to perform better when inflation goes up than when it goes down. 2 2 Close Source: Ari Levine, Yao Hua Ooi, Matthew Richardson and Caroline Sasseville, 2018. “Commodities for the Long Run,” Financial Analysts Journal, 74:2, 55-68.

Investment Approach

The Fund aims to generate positive risk-adjusted returns by allocating to assets among various commodity sectors. The Fund’s strategic allocation to sectors is risk-balanced. Under the assumptions that commodity sectors are diversifying and that no one sector is expected to outperform the others in the long run, this relative weighting scheme is expected to have higher long-term risk-adjusted returns. The Fund also uses a variety of tactical signals to over- and underweight sectors and individual commodities relative to this strategic allocation. In order to balance risk through time, the Fund varies the portfolio’s total level of exposure based on proprietary risk estimates.

Why Invest in the AQR Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund?

Diversification Across Assets
The Fund aims to include more commodity markets and to be more diversified across commodity sectors than its benchmark Bloomberg Commodity TR Index, which is heavily concentrated in energies.
Risk-Managed Strategy
The Fund will adjust exposure to commodities through time based on research-driven portfolio construction and risk management processes.
Active Views
The Fund uses AQR’s proprietary investment signals to actively over- or under-weight commodities and sectors based on their attractiveness.

Related Fund News

AQR Wins 2023 Lipper Fund Awards for its Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund

March 24, 2023

The AQR Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund won two 2023 Lipper Fund Awards in the Commodities General Funds category. 

  Portfolio Characteristics

Risk Allocation

As of June 30, 2024

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% of Risk Allocation
Total Energies Risk 22.42%
Total Precious Metals Risk 20.61%
Total Industrial Metals Risk 18.45%
Total Grains Risk 16.44%
Total Alts Risk 10.87%
Total Softs Risk 9.23%
Total Livestock Risk 1.98%
Total 100.00%

Portfolio Statistics

As of June 30, 2024

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Beta of Fund to Bloomberg Commodity TR Index 1.17
Beta of Fund to S&P GSCI 0.75
Current Fund Target Volatility 15.71%

All Fund Statistics are subject to change. Portfolio holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell securities. Please see disclosure section for a glossary of industry terms.

Risk allocation is calculated as the relative weight of the expected volatilities for each asset class or strategy, with a sum equal to 100%. AQR calculates expected volatilities for each strategy using proprietary risk models to predict volatilities and correlations across all assets in the portfolio.

AQR Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund: Commodities and futures generally are volatile and involve a high degree of risk. The fund may trade more frequently and incur higher levels of brokerage fees and commissions, and cause higher levels of current tax liability to shareholders in the Fund. The Adviser from time to time employs various hedging techniques, it is not possible to hedge fully or perfectly against any risk, and hedging entails its own costs.

  Performance

Annualized Total Returns

As of June 28, 2024

MTD YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR Since Inception 9/2/2014 Gross Expense Ratio Net Expense Ratio*
AQR Risk Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund -2.64% 6.12% 7.76% 11.76% 16.76% 4.91% 0.98% 0.94%
Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index -1.54% 5.14% 5.00% 5.65% 7.25% -
AQR Risk Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index
MTD -2.64% -1.54%
YTD 6.12% 5.14%
1YR 7.76% 5.00%
3YR 11.76% 5.65%
5YR 16.76% 7.25%
Since Inception 9/2/2014 4.91% -1.37%
Gross Expense Ratio 0.98%
Net Expense Ratio* 0.94%

As of June 28, 2024

QTD YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR Since Inception 9/2/2014 Gross Expense Ratio Net Expense Ratio*
AQR Risk Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund 4.00% 6.12% 7.76% 11.76% 16.76% 4.91% 0.98% 0.94%
Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index 2.89% 5.14% 5.00% 5.65% 7.25% -
AQR Risk Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index
QTD 4.00% 2.89%
YTD 6.12% 5.14%
1YR 7.76% 5.00%
3YR 11.76% 5.65%
5YR 16.76% 7.25%
Since Inception 9/2/2014 4.91% -1.37%
Gross Expense Ratio 0.98%
Net Expense Ratio* 0.94%

The Adviser has contractually agreed to reimburse operating expenses of the Fund at least through April 30, 2025. The Expense Limitation Agreement may be terminated with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Performance data quoted represent past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results and current performance may be lower or higher than the data quoted. All returns shown are total returns that assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Returns for periods under a year are cumulative, all others are average annual returns. Investment returns and principal will fluctuate with market and economic conditions and you may have a gain or loss when you sell shares. From time to time the Fund’s advisor may waive fees or reimbursed expenses, without which performance would have been lower. Please call 866-290-2688 for most recent month-end performance.

The Bloomberg Commodity Total Return index is composed of futures contracts and reflects the returns on a fully collateralized investment in the BCOM. This combines the returns of the BCOM with the returns on cash collateral invested in 13 week (3 Month) U.S. Treasury Bills.

AQR Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund: Commodities and futures generally are volatile and involve a high degree of risk. The fund may trade more frequently and incur higher levels of brokerage fees and commissions, and cause higher levels of current tax liability to shareholders in the Fund. The Adviser from time to time employs various hedging techniques, it is not possible to hedge fully or perfectly against any risk, and hedging entails its own costs.

  Managers

Cliff Asness

Managing & Founding Principal

Ph.D., M.B.A., University of Chicago

B.S., B.S., University of Pennsylvania

John M. Liew

Founding Principal

Ph.D., M.B.A., University of Chicago

B.A., University of Chicago

Jordan Brooks

Principal

Ph.D., M.A., New York University

B.A., Boston College

Erik Stamelos

A.B., Harvard University

James Asselin

B.S., Cornell University

Fred Liu

M.S., Cornell University

B.B.A., University of Texas - Austin

James Lofton

B.A., University of Pennsylvania

  Fees & Minimums

Investment Minimums

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Individual Investors Not Available
Institutional Investors $100,000
Accounts Offered by Financial Advisors $50 million or $100 million aggregate investment across all series of the Trust

Reductions apply to certain eligibility groups. See “Investing With the AQR Funds” in the Fund’s prospectus.

Shareholder Fees

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Sales Load None
Deferred Sales Load None
Redemption Fees None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses

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Management Fee 0.80%
Distribution (12b-1) Fee None
Other Expenses  
     Dividends On Short Sales and/or Interest Expense 0.01%
     All Other Expenses 0.14%
Acquired Fund Fees 0.03%
Gross Expenses 0.98%
Less: Expense Reimbursements 0.04%
Net Expenses* 0.94%

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses reflect the expenses incurred indirectly by the Fund as a result of the Fund's investments in underlying money market mutual funds, exchange-traded funds or other pooled investment vehicles.

* As stated in the prospectus, the Adviser has contractually agreed to reimburse operating expenses of the Fund in an amount sufficient to limit certain Specified Expenses in the table above at no more than 0.10% for Class R6 Shares at least through April 30, 2025. "Specified Expenses" for this purpose include all Fund operating expenses other than management fees and 12b-1 fees and exclude interest, taxes, dividends on short sales, borrowing costs, acquired fund fees and expenses, interest expense relating to short sales, expenses related to class action claims, contingent expenses related to tax reclaim receipts, reorganization expenses and extraordinary expenses. The Expense Limitation Agreement may be terminated with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

AQR Risk-Balanced Commodities Strategy Fund: Commodities and futures generally are volatile and involve a high degree of risk. The fund may trade more frequently and incur higher levels of brokerage fees and commissions, and cause higher levels of current tax liability to shareholders in the Fund. The Adviser from time to time employs various hedging techniques, it is not possible to hedge fully or perfectly against any risk, and hedging entails its own costs.

Fund Adjusted Expense Ratio
Adjusted Expense Ratio** 0.93%

**Reflects the Net Expense Ratio adjusted for certain investment related expenses, such as interest expense from borrowing and repurchase agreements and dividend expenses from investments on short sales, incurred directly by the Fund, none of which are paid to the Advisor.

  Documents

Fund Literature

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PRINCIPAL RISKS:
Foreign investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuations and political uncertainty. The use of derivatives, forward and futures contracts, and commodities exposes the Fund to additional risks including increased volatility, lack of liquidity, and possible losses greater than the Fund’s initial investment as well as increased transaction costs. This fund enters into a short sale by selling a security it has borrowed. If the market price of a security increases after the Fund borrows the security, the Fund will suffer a potentially unlimited loss when it replaces the borrowed security at the higher price. Short sales also involve transaction and other costs that will reduce potential Fund gains and increase potential Fund losses. When investing in bonds, yield and share price will vary with changes in interest rates and market conditions. Investors should note that if interest rates rise significantly from current levels, bond total returns will decline and may even turn negative in the short term. There is also a chance that some of the fund’s holdings may have their credit rating downgraded or may default. Actual or realized volatility can and will differ from the forecasted or target volatility described above.

Commodities and futures generally are volatile and involve a high degree of risk. The fund may trade more frequently and incur higher levels of brokerage fees and commissions, and cause higher levels of current tax liability to shareholders in the Fund. Adviser from time to time employs various hedging techniques, it is not possible to hedge fully or perfectly against any risk, and hedging entails its own costs. This Fund is not suitable for all investors. An investor considering the Funds should be able to tolerate potentially wide price fluctuations. The Funds may attempt to increase its income or total return through the use of securities lending, and they may be subject to the possibility of additional loss as a result of this investment technique. Risk allocation and attribution are based on estimated data, and may be subject to change.

Definitions:
Current Beta of Fund to Index: A forward-looking measure of the amount the fund is expected to move given a move in the specified Index, based on AQR proprietary risk models. A beta of 1 indicates that if the index moves 10%, the fund is expected to move, on average, 10% over the same period. A beta of more than 1 indicates the fund is expected to move, on average, more than 10% in that case, and a beta of less than one indicates the fund is expected to move less than 10% in that case.
Futures Contract: An exchange-traded standardized contract to buy or sell a specified asset in the future for a price agreed today.
Roll Yield: The percentage difference in price between two futures contracts for different delivery dates. Represents the difference between spot price returns and the returns to holding futures.

S&P GSCI Commodity Index: a composite index of commodity sector returns representing an unleveraged, long only investment in commodity futures that is broadly diversified across the spectrum of commodities.
Volatility: A statistical measure of the variation in returns for a given security or index. Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses.

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Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Funds before investingTo obtain a prospectus or summary prospectus containing this and other important information, please call 1-866-290-2688 or click here to view or download a prospectus online. Read the prospectus carefully before you invest. 

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Diversification does not eliminate risk. Indexes are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index.

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