I have just been sent a list of the total return swaps in the Master Trust for the HP Pension Plan. These TRS (standing for Total Return Swaps) were interlaced with tens of pages of other assets and not in the pension plan form 5500 but in the (separate) Master Trust form 5500.
This is the list:
Security ID Description 1 Description 2 Cost Current Value
99QABN497 TRS FL BARCLAYS 20+ INDEX P USD-LIBOR-BBA 3M 2011 DEC 01 - -
99QABN5B1 TRS EL_BARCLAYS 20+ INDEX P USD-LIBOR-BBA 3M 2011 DEC 01 - 18,592,748
99QABNCM9 TRS FL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR 3M 2011 OCT 31 - -
99QABNCN7 TRS EL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR 3M 2011 OCT 31 - 52,221,457
99QABQ219 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+ TSY P USD-LIBOR3M 2012 FEB 23 - -
99QABQ227 TRS EL UL BARCLAYS 20+ TSY P USD-LIBOR3M 2012 FEB 23 - 6,586,388
99QABSRK6 TRS EL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR3M-22BP 2011 NOV 09 - 23,247,808
99QABSTE8 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR3M-22BP 2011 NOV 09 - -
99QABT767 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+INDX P USD-LIBOR 3M 2012 JAN 04 - -
99QABT775 TRS EL UL BARCLAYS 20+INDX P USD-LIBOR 3M 2012 JAN 04 - (10,219,797)
99QABTJ98 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR 1M 2011 DEC 07 - -
99QABTKA3 TRS EL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR 1M 2011 DEC 07 - (7,136,997)
99QABTWR3 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR 3M 2011 DEC 06 - -
99QABTWS1 TRS EL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR 3M 2011 DEC 06 - 4,426,796
99QABUZ63 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-3M LIBOR 2012 JAN 09 - -
99QABUZ71 TRS EL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-3M LIBOR 2012 JAN 09 - (4,403,910)
99QABXAB3 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+ P US0003M -25BPS 2012 MAR 07 - -
99QABXAC1 TRS-EL UL BARCLAYS 20+ P US0003M -25BPS 2012 MAR 07 - 5,022,105
99QABYJD8 TRS EL UL BARCLAYS 20+ TS P USD-LIBOR3M 2012 MAR 28 - (5,357,109)
99QABYJE6 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+ TS P-USD-LIBOR3M 2012 MAR 28 - -
99QABZA02 TRS FL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR 3M 2012 APR 26 - 530,370
99QABZA10 TRS-EL UL BARCLAYS 20+TSY P USD-LIBOR 3M 2012 APR 26 - -
They are all returns for the very long bond (entirely Barclays 20 plus year index).
The current value of these bears no resemblance to how profitable the position appears to have been in aggregate or how profitable it would have been over 12 months.
The 20+ Barclays index returned high teens percent during the year until October 2011 - which is consistent with the results achieved.
The 2011 results are thus mostly explained by a huge derivative position on the long bond as several of the commentators guessed.
Strangely the fund also carried interest rate swaps (separately disclosed) on which they lost money.
That said, the HP Pension Fund got almost entirely out of equities in 2007 and almost entirely into long bonds (via swaps) just as the yields collapsed.
The former was disclosed contemporaneously. The latter was not disclosed.
The result is impressive: at minimum a very well timed form of liability driven investing.
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