In January, what has been called the largest leak of personal information ever was found by a security researcher. Called “Collection #1,” the database contained over 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords. A review determined the database had email addresses and passwords from over 2000 previous breaches and an estimated 140 million new email addresses and 10 million passwords — in total the largest data breach on the internet. Security researchers found similar sets of data, called Collection #2-5, for sale on the dark web. Collection #2-5 are estimated to contain three times as much data as Collection #1.
HACK returned 18.07% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, which was in line with its benchmark and ahead of the overall Information Technology Industry. At the sector level, Information Technology contributed the lion’s share of return, as it was up 18.5% for the quarter. This was consistent with the performance of the overall global technology sector.
At the security level, HACK’s index constituents were firing on all cylinders, led by CyberArk Software (CYBR, +60.6%), Proofpoint (PFPT, +44.9%) and Tenable Holdings (TENB, +42.7%). HACK’s few holdings that had negative returns included Sophos Group (SOPH LN, -18.8%), Trend Micro (4704 JP, -10.5%), and Solarwinds (SWI, -2.9%).
Looking at fundamental factor performance, the portfolio’s allocation to global markets was the largest contributor to return, followed by exposure to the software industry and US equities. Detractors were led by style factors Size, Momentum and Volatility.
Taking a closer look at the components of the Style factor, we see the magnitude of the contribution made by each individual factor. The largest contributor in Q1 was Trade Activity, followed by Growth, then Earnings Variability. Size was the largest detractor of the style factors, followed by Momentum and Volatility.
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