Monthly Portfolio Update: April 2022

April 19, 2022 EDT

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Founded in 2016, Qraft Technologies is on a mission to innovate the asset management process. From AI-powered ETFs to AI Order Execution, we seek to leverage AI to expand the capability of finding alpha at a lower cost than in the traditional asset management process.  

The name Qraft is an amalgamation of the words ‘Quant’ and ‘Craft’, conveying the purpose of the company in crafting quantitative solutions for clients using our proprietary AI technology. Qraft’s in-house, vertically integrated, AI suite offers nimbleness and ability to adapt to the changing needs and condition of the market. Qraft is developing a full comprehensive suite of AI-powered enabling services for financial firms, from building portfolio (Asset Allocation Engine), data handling (Kirin API), identification of alpha[i] (Alpha Factory), to order execution (AXE). Our mission is to enable AI-driven technology to fundamentally change investing for the better.

April Overview

The key watch term over the course of the past month has again been inflation. While inflation has been an ongoing issue for the past three years due to COVID, it seems with the advent of the conflict in Ukraine; inflation will not be transitory as once thought by the Fed and will continue for the foreseeable future.

In this context, US year over year inflation reached 7.9% this February, with the highest consumer prices seen in 40 years[1.] The global nature of this inflationary trend has added to the supply chain issues that started with COVID-19, with protests and strikes in many countries against rampant inflation of essential consumer goods, threatening to further add to the logistical problems. Many developing nations have responded to such discontent by introducing subsidies for everyday goods ranging from oil to flour, adding to national debt that had already been burdened by COVID related relief programs[2].

In the developed world, some prominent economists worry that inflation may last well into the long-run, as inflation has been exacerbated by the structural demographic changes owing from historically low-fertility rates in many developed economies[3]. According to Lord Abbett[4], while unemployment and labor-force participation levels approach pre-pandemic era levels, there is still a significant labor shortage in many sectors of the economy, namely in the leisure & hospitality, public sector, and healthcare sectors. The WSJ has echoed this statement, further noting that these sectors rely heavily on immigrant labor[5], and with the status of COVID in many of the traditional countries in which much of the labor originates, labor shortage issues in these industries will not be resolved anytime soon.

Treasury yields seem to reflect such worries, with the yield curve having become inverted[6] over the first week of April, which has long been considered as a sign of an impending recession. Therefore, it remains to be seen if the recent rally in the equities market will gain enough momentum to overcome the correction that began at the tail end of 2021.


[1]  Rubin, Gabriel T. “Inflation Reached 7.9% in February; Consumer Prices Are the Highest in 40 Years.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 10 Mar. 2022

[2]  The World Is Piling on Debt as It Battles Inflation.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 5 Apr. 2022

[3]  Fairless, Tom. “Will Inflation Stay High for Decades? One Influential Economist Says Yes.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 9 Mar. 2022,

[4]  Martini, Giulio. “Tightening U.S. Labor Market May Force the Fed's Hand.” Lord Abbett, Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC, 4 Apr. 2022,

[5]  Zerb Mellish for The Wall Street Journal. “Add Declining Immigration to Problems Weighing on the Labor Market.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 5 Apr. 2022,

[6]  Samantha Subin, Vicky McKeever. “Treasury Yields Invert as Traders Weigh U.S. Recession Risk.” CNBC, CNBC, 4 Apr. 2022,  


[i]  Alpha describes an investment strategy’s ability to beat the market







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