AQR Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund

  • daily nav $5.13
  • change $0.03
  • daily return 0.59%
  • inception date 7/18/2011
  • AUM $35MM

As of September 18, 2020

  About the Fund

Investment Objective

Seeks positive absolute returns.

A Diversified Approach to Alternative Investing

The Fund aims to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns with low correlation to traditional stock/bond portfolios by investing in a broad and diversified range of classic hedge fund premia strategies.

Investment Approach

The Fund implements a risk-balanced exposure across alternative strategies, such as arbitrage strategies, stock selection strategies, and macro strategies. 

By implementing a balanced strategic risk allocation across the different hedge fund strategies, the Fund aims to benefit from their diversification potential, while also making modest short-term tactical tilts when strategies are deemed conditional attractive or unattractive.

An integrated portfolio of hedge fund premia can provide important diversification benefits to traditional portfolios and can serve as a core alternative allocation.

Why Invest in the AQR Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund?

Seeks Attractive Risk-Adjusted Returns
The Fund combines several categories of hedge fund strategies across a range of liquid asset groups. By implementing a risk-balanced exposure to these largely unrelated returns sources, the Fund aims to benefit from their diversification potential and deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns.
Opportunity To Perform In Rising And Falling Markets
By investing long and short, the Fund seeks to be market neutral with low correlation to equity and bond markets, and aims to provide positive absolute returns in both rising and falling markets.
Core Allocation To Classic Hedge Fund Strategies
The Fund takes a holistic approach to investing by combining exposure to several categories of hedge fund strategies. Investors may benefit from the simplicity of a single, balanced, core solution compared to the challenges of picking several single products.
  Portfolio Characteristics

Risk Allocation

As of June 30, 2020

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% of Risk Allocation
Stock Selection 29.67%
Global Macro 16.44%
Managed Futures 14.15%
Emerging Markets 12.34%
Event Driven 11.46%
Fixed Income Relative Value 8.28%
Convertible and Volatility Arbitrage 7.66%
Total 100.00%

Exposures by Asset Class

As of June 30, 2020

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Long Positions Short Positions
Equities 223.40% 213.52%
Fixed Income 112.84% 77.04%
Currencies 25.48% 25.29%
Commodities 5.45% 8.27%
Credit 0.00% 12.45%
Total 367.17% 336.56%

Portfolio Statistics

As of June 30, 2020

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# of short holdings 1255
# of long holdings 1323

Annualized Total Returns

As of August 31, 2020

MTD YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR Since Inception 7/18/2011 Gross Expense Ratio Net Expense Ratio*
AQR Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund 0.00% -27.88% -30.17% -17.07% -9.31% -3.77% 2.81% 2.77%
ICE BofAML US 3M T-Bill 0.01% 0.62% 1.27% 1.72% 1.20% 0.68%
AQR Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund ICE BofAML US 3M T-Bill
MTD 0.00% 0.01%
YTD -27.88% 0.62%
1YR -30.17% 1.27%
3YR -17.07% 1.72%
5YR -9.31% 1.20%
Since Inception 7/18/2011 -3.77% 0.68%
Gross Expense Ratio 2.81%
Net Expense Ratio* 2.77%

As of June 30, 2020

QTD YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR Since Inception 7/18/2011 Gross Expense Ratio Net Expense Ratio*
AQR Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund -8.71% -28.45% -31.47% -16.88% -9.03% -3.93% 2.81% 2.77%
ICE BofAML US 3M T-Bill 0.02% 0.60% 1.64% 1.77% 1.19% 0.69%
AQR Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund ICE BofAML US 3M T-Bill
QTD -8.71% 0.02%
YTD -28.45% 0.60%
1YR -31.47% 1.64%
3YR -16.88% 1.77%
5YR -9.03% 1.19%
Since Inception 7/18/2011 -3.93% 0.69%
Gross Expense Ratio 2.81%
Net Expense Ratio* 2.77%

John M. Liew

Founding Principal

  • 27 years of experience
  • 22 years at AQR

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

B.A., University of Chicago

Ronen Israel


  • 24 years of experience
  • 21 years at AQR

M.A., Columbia University

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

Michael Katz


  • 13 years of experience
  • 13 years at AQR

Ph.D., A.M., Harvard University

B.A., Tel Aviv University

Yao Hua Ooi


  • 15 years of experience
  • 15 years at AQR

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

Mark Mitchell

Mark L. Mitchell

Principal, CNH Partners

  • 32 years of experience
  • 19 years at AQR

Ph.D., M.A., Clemson University

B.B.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe

Todd Pulvino

Todd C. Pulvino

Principal, CNH Partners

  • 22 years of experience
  • 19 years at AQR

Ph.D., A.M., Harvard University

M.S., California Institute of Technology

B.Sc, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  Fees & Minimums

Investment Minimums

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Individual Investors $5 Million
Institutional Investors None
Accounts Offered by Financial Advisors None

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 1.75%
Distribution (12b-1) Fee None
Other Expenses  
     Dividends On Short Sales and/or Interest Expense 0.73%
     All Other Expenses 0.24%
Acquired Fund Fees 0.09%
Gross Expenses 2.81%
Less: Fee Waivers and/or Expense Reimbursements 0.04%
Net Expenses* 2.77%
Fund Adjusted Expense Ratio
Adjusted Expense Ratio** 2.04%

Fund Literature

Fund Reporting

An investment in any of the AQR Funds involves risk, including loss of principal. The value of the Funds’ portfolio holdings may fluctuate in response to events specific to the companies in which the Fund invests, as well as economic, political or social events in the United States or abroad. Please refer to the prospectus for complete information regarding all risks associated with the Funds. An investor considering the Funds should be able to tolerate potentially wide price fluctuations. The Funds are subject to high portfolio turnover risk as a result of frequent trading, and thus, will incur a higher level of brokerage fees and commissions, and cause a higher level of tax liability to shareholders in the Funds. 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.

Information about how each Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities held during the most recent 12-month period ended June 30 will be available no later than August 31. Please click here to view the most recent Form N-PX for the AQR Funds.

The Fund does not invest directly in hedge funds, but pursues strategies similar to those traditionally employed by hedge funds. Emerging market and foreign investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuations, political uncertainty, differences in generally accepted accounting principles, increased volatility and lower trading volume. 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.

This Fund is a non-diversified fund. Because the fund may invest in securities of smaller numbers of issuers, the Fund may be more exposed to the risks associated with and developments affecting an individual issuer than a fund that invests more widely, which may, therefore, have a greater impact on the Fund’s Performance. 

This Fund is not suitable for all investors. An investor considering the Fund should be able to tolerate potentially wide price fluctuations. The Fund may attempt to increase its income or total return through the use of securities lending, and 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. 

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Funds before investing. To obtain a 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.



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.

Performance shown prior to a share class’s inception date reflects the historical performance of the Fund’s Class I shares, calculated using the fees and expenses of the Class N or Class R6 shares, respectively.


Stocks and bonds are subject to risks, including the possible loss of principal. International stocks that provide exposure to foreign markets involve special risks, such as currency fluctuations, differing financial reporting and regulatory standards, and economic and political instability. These risks are highlighted when stocks are from emerging markets. Stocks of small-cap companies are generally more volatile and not as readily marketable as those of larger companies. Government bonds and Treasury bills are subject to interest rate risk, but they are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government if held to maturity. The repayment of principal and interest of a corporate bond are guaranteed by the issuing company, and subject to default and credit risks. Indices are unmanaged and not available for direct investment. Please discuss with your financial professional or agent the benefits and risks of these securities.

Index Methodology

The AQR DynamiQ Allocation IndexS (the “Index”) is a long only index providing exposure to futures on third-party equity indices primarily comprised of large-cap securities of U.S. and non-U.S. issuers from developed markets, and exposure to futures on U.S. and non-U.S. developed government fixed income securities.  The Index will target an average of 40% equity and 60% fixed income weighting over the long-term.  The exposures of the Index to equity and fixed income will vary based on a rules-based methodology that allocates to equity and fixed income based on several well-known investment styles, with the potential for substantially different weightings from the 40/60 target depending on both market conditions and the attractiveness of each asset according to signals within the Index methodology.

AQR DynamiQ Allocation Index is available within select index annuities issued by American General Life Insurance (AGL), Houston, TX. AGL does not issue product in New York. Please see product brochure for more information.

Withdrawals may be subject to federal and/or state income taxes. An additional 10% federal tax may apply if you make withdrawals or surrender your annuity before age 59½. Consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation.

Interest earned in an index annuity is calculated using index performance over a specific term, subject to contract provisions, such as an index rate cap, spread or participation rate, which may limit or reduce the upside potential. The index rate cap is the maximum percentage of index performance that can be credited as interest for an index term. The spread is the minimum threshold or percentage that index performance must exceed to be credited interest. The participation rate is the percentage of index performance that is used to calculate interest in certain accounts.

“AQR” and the AQR DynamiQ Allocation Index are trademarks or service marks of AQR Capital Management, LLC or one of its affiliates (“AQR”) and have been licensed for use by American General Life Insurance Company (the “Company”) for use as a benchmark for an annuity (inclusive of all applicable riders, the “Product”). The Product is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by AQR, its affiliates, nor the calculation agent, and they do not provide any investment advice to the Company with respect to the Product or to owners of the Product, nor do they make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Product or obtaining exposure to the Index. The Index is constructed without regard to the investment needs or suitability of the Company, the Product, or any Product owners.  AQR and the Index’s calculation agent have no obligation or liability whatsoever with respect to, and make no representations regarding, the Product. AQR makes no representation regarding the ability of the Index to achieve its goals and disclaims all express or implied warranties, including any warranty of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose or use, in connection with the Index, including, without limitation, any results to be obtained by tracking the Index.  Neither AQR nor the Index’s Calculation Agent guarantees the accuracy or completeness of the Index. NONE OF AQR OR ITS AFFILIATES SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSION OR INTERRUPTIONS OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN OR FOR THE PRODUCT. 

The index is independently calculated by a third-party calculation agent. 

Hypothetical and simulated examples have many inherent limitations and are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight. There are frequently sharp differences between simulated results and the actual results. There are numerous factors related to the markets in general or the implementation of any specific investment strategy, which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of simulated results and all of which can adversely affect actual results. No representation is being made that any account, product, or strategy will or is likely to achieve profits, losses, or results similar to those shown.

The AQR DynamiQ Allocation IndexSM (the “Index”) embeds an annual index cost in the calculations of the change in index value. This embedded index cost will reduce any change in index value, and it funds certain operational and licensing costs for the Index. Since it will affect the return of the Index, it may also impact the amount of interest credited to an index annuity; however, it is not a fee paid by the policy owner or received by the issuing insurance company. 

 The AQR DynamiQ Allocation Index methodology adjusts exposures to achieve a volatility target. It is possible that the index could realize a volatility greater or less than its target.

Individuals cannot invest directly in an index.

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