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Smith Breeden Associates: The Equity Plus Fund (A)
In early 1997, Smith Breeden Associates, a money management and consulting firm, was pondering the future of the Equity Plus Fund. The Equity Plus Fund was an S&P enhanced-index fund that tried to outperform the S&P Index by replicating the index using low-cost derivative strategies and investing the remaining cash in a hedged portfolio of mortgage-backed securities. The fund had performed well since inception, with an annualized total return above that of the S&P Index. However, this performance had not resulted in significant growth of the fund's assets. With its performance record, Smith Breeden had a number of options. It could market the fund more aggressively, it could offer other sector-specific funds, or it could set up an enhanced index fund based on an international stock-market index.