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Feature Overview: Notable Historical Periods
Feature Overview: Notable Historical Periods
Written by Kyle Reinhardt
Updated over a week ago

Rev. Date December 11, 2023

Notable historical periods where drawdowns and rallies occurred.

What is the purpose of this feature?

Notable Historical Periods can help allocators understand the historical underperformance or outperformance of their managers or portfolios during well known historical time periods (as identified by Venn).

  • Venn subscribers can select from a preset list of well known historical periods to identify if a manager or portfolio would have either underperformed or outperformed given observed returns over that time period (e.g., The Great Financial Crisis, U.S. Taper Tantrum, Oil Price Shock of 2014, EM Melt-Up, Brexit, COVID-19 Crisis, and more).

What returns are used to determine the Notable Historical Periods?

Venn uses the historical returns for your investments or portfolios to determine the available periods for analysis[1]. If a benchmark is selected, its returns are also displayed as a blue line alongside the portfolio’s or investment’s returns.

If the aligned time series is monthly or quarterly, the start date will be moved to the closest bucketed month before or equal to the start date, and the end date to the closest bucketed month after or equal to the end date.

For example, if you select Oil Price Shock of 2014 (June 19, 2014 to Jan 30, 2015):

  • Monthly date range would be June 2014 - January 2015

  • Quarterly date range would be June 2014 - March 2015

How do I add a new Notable Historical Period?

Notable Historical Periods are pre-populated with several periods. However, a user can add a new period by clicking “Add another period...,” searching among those available, and selecting one.

[1] Notable Historical Periods are available for returns beginning in October 1997, the first year that data is available for the Two Sigma Factor Lens.

This document highlights certain aspects of this feature. As an overview, it does not discuss all material facts or assumptions. Please see Important Disclosure and Disclaimer Information.

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