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Superfund Group (formerly Quadriga) is an asset management company, specializing in quantitative alternate investment strategies. The Superfund Group was founded in 1995 in Vienna Austria and utilizes fully automated proprietary computer trading systems. Superfund has offices in locations including Chicago, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Vienna, Warsaw, Grenada and Zürich. Superfund manages over 1 Billion USD in different alternate strategies.
In 1996, Superfund launched its first alternative investment product, the Superfund Q-AG (Quadriga), which was one of the world’s first managed futures funds. In 2002, Superfund received admission for sale by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to offer its funds in the United States. In 2003 Superfund was internationally launched as the new generation of Quadriga funds, and in 2004 Quadriga renamed itself Superfund. During the same time Superfund expanded its presence in Asia through its offices in Japan and Hong Kong and was one of the early entrants in the region. Its funds are domiciled in various jurisdictions such as Luxembourg, Cayman, U.S.A., Japan and Poland. Most Superfund funds have retail authorisation and are subject to regulatory oversight across multiple jurisdictions. Between 1991 and 1996, the first computerized Superfund trading system was conceptualized and developed by Christian Baha, who is the founder of the group. Among its core trading philosophies is to ignore fundamental information and focus solely on technical information and market data that already reflects news and information available to the market. The returns of Superfund strategies are designed with the objective of minimal correlation to traditional investments such as stocks, bonds, commodities, and real estate. Superfund strategies trade across 150 global commodity and financial futures markets. Superfund investment strategy can be classified as a managed futures or CTA strategy. CTA funds aim to deliver low correlated returns to traditional investment. 2008 was one of the best years for CTA funds which manage close to 300 Billion USD as per Barclay CTA, however subsequent years have been challenging for trend following funds. Christian Baha who was ranked 22 on the world’s most successful managers in 2008, since then expanded its investment management team to 55. Superfund has evolved from being pure trend following based managed futures strategy to a unique CTA model, which employs multiple CTA strategies suited for different market conditions. Backed by constant research development, Superfund strategies continue to deliver positive returns.
Superfund also developed a full systematic global equity market neutral strategy which has a successful track record since 2005. The strategy has recently been approved as a UCIT IV fund and is authorised for retail distribution in Luxembourg and other European countries.
Superfund promotes its funds by sponsoring cultural institutions like the Viennese Symphony Orchestra and the American Ballet Theatre, sports teams and personalities like World Cup overall champion alpine skier Bode Miller and some other culture sponsorings such as the Albertina. Superfund also sponsored Partizan during their 2003/2004 UEFA Champions League campaign. Superfund has been involved in auto racing, briefly sponsoring the Minardi team in Formula One and attempting to start its own formula racing series. A team owned by Austrian driver Alexander Wurz and backed by Superfund applied an entry for the 2010 Formula One season but it never happened.