ITI Long Short Equity AIF

Scheme Rating

IME Scheme Rating

4 of 5 stars

Good option for investors seeking to participate in equity markets with downside protection: With a greater ability to change exposures to net-long, ITI Long-Short Equity AIF is a good option for investors wanting to participate in the equity markets, while wanting downside protection. It is also a good fit for investors wanting to diversify their exposures from traditional long-only funds.

IME Strategy Rating

4 of 5 stars

Aggressive long-short strategy: Unlike absolute return strategies where net-long positions are kept within a tight band, ITI Long-short equity allows for a much higher degree of variance in the net-long exposures (ranging typically between 25-60%, but with an ability to go from -15% to 100%). This allows for a much greater ability for the fund to deliver longer-term outperformance, provided the fund manager’s call on the markets/stocks goes right. This strategy may be considered to be a more aggressive form of a dynamic asset allocation hybrid fund.

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IME View on ITI Long Short Equity AIF

Type: Flexible LS | Long-bias LS | AUM ( cr) | Inc Date (11 Apr 2018)

ITI Long-Short Equity AIF Investment Philosophy


  • To outperform the Nifty index over a full equity market cycle, while protecting downside during equity market downturns along the way; thus lowering volatility of performance & lowering risks.
  • Fund focus on long term capital appreciation.

Fund Approach 

  • Fundamental focus: primarily a stock-picking approach based on fundamentals (both on long & short side)
  • Key Philosophies: Stock-picking (absolute return merit, no index-hugging) | Checklist approach (to filter opportunities) 
  • Dynamic allocations: increase exposures in undervalue/oversold markets | reduce exposures in overvalued/overbought markets

Dual Portfolio Approach

  • Strategic Portfolio: aimed at capturing multi-year growth of attractive Indian franchises | invest in secularly growing, high-quality, well-managed Indian franchises 
  • Tactical Portfolio: aimed to manage risk exposures while navigating volatile Indian equity markets | dynamic allocations between long & short exposures

Typical Net-Exposure Ranges

  • Bullish Markets: 80-90% net long (100-120% gross long, 20-30% gross short)
  • Normal Markets: 40-60% net long (60-90% gross long, 20-30% gross short)
  • Bearish Markets: 20% net long (50-60% gross long, 30-40% gross short)


Trailing Performance

1yr 3yr 5yr Since Inception
ITI Long Short Equity AIF

Performance as of: 30-Dec-99 | Inception Date: 11-Apr-18

Fund Managers

Rajesh Bhatia | 4-star rated FM

MD & CIO | 19 yrs Experience | 7 yrs at current firm

Past Experience: CIO (Simto Investment Company), MD & CIO (ProAlpha Systematic Capital), MD & CIO (Heritage India Advisors), SVP and Head of PMS (Reliance Capital)

Rajesh Bhatia has 14 years of experience in alternative investments (Long-short). Prior to ITI Long Short, Rajesh had held the CIO position across different funds such as Simto Investments (a subsidiary of Tata Investments), Heritage India Advisors (Indian advisor to New York-based Heritage Capital, an Indian Long-short equity fund). He was also the SVP and Head of PMS at Reliance Capital at the beginning of his career. Rajesh Bhatia is a commerce graduate from HR College, and has also completed the CFA program conducted by the CFA Institute, USA.

Fee Structure

Fee StructureFee
Fixed Fee Structure2.5
Variable Fee Structures1.5% fixed + 15% above 10% hurdle
Exit Fees6months(2%), 6-12months(1%)


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