This week, UBS launches the Multi Indicator Short Term Rate Algorithm (UBS-MISTRAL) indices. Going beyond traditional trend following, UBS-MISTRAL identifies the underlying fundamental drivers of trends in interest rates, using a diversified set of leading indicators to take positions in interest rate futures. The indices are transparent to participating clients and will be published on a daily basis.
Over the past 50 years most of the developed world has seen one big “megacycle” in interest rates and several pronounced mini-cycles. UBS-MISTRAL seeks to predict these interest rate trends and then takes positions to monetise them. In more stable interest rate environments, UBS-MISTRAL may position to benefit from interest rate carry until the next hiking or cutting cycle develops. This approach has allowed UBS-MISTRAL to generate returns in periods of rising, stable and falling interest rates, exhibiting low correlation with other market variables.
Clients will be able to access the UBS-MISTRAL indices in a wide range of formats and wrappers including notes, options, swaps, delta-1 products and funds.
UBS-MISTRAL is the latest addition to UBS’s platform of Strategy Indices.