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The core strategy consists of holdings that are based on market fundamentals, valuations, and long-term market trends. These are holding that should be considered “long-term” investments and should primarily track the benchmark index over time. The turnover of the portfolio should be extremely low with the exception of rebalancing periods due to market gyrations.
The tactical strategy consists of holdings which based on the short- to intermediate-term trends of the market. As macro-economic, monetary and fiscal policy, and investor psychology impacts markets, the holdings in the tactical strategy will shift to take advantage of market rotations. Importantly, this portion of the portfolio can move to all cash if needed to reduce risk in the event of a market downturn.
The fixed income strategy is designed to both take advantage of changes in interest rate and inflation expectations, but also deliver a lower degree of volatility to the overall portfolio. The primary focus of the fixed-income portfolio is to protect capital, generate income, and lower overall portfolio volatility.
Commentary (as of 6/24/2022)
After a sharp bout of selling, the market finally found its footing this week and managed a rally off of recent lows. As we head into next week, we will likely see some more support for a rally coming from end-of-quarter rebalancing by mutual funds as they remain underweight equities currently. While we will likely see some more upside short-term, such does not mean the bear market is over. It likely isn’t.
With the Fed hiking rate and reducing their balance sheet, support for asset prices is removed at a time economic growth is slowing sharply. While it is not guaranteed a “recession” is imminent, i am not sure it will matter to the markets as much as the downward earnings revisions that are coming. The current drop in valuations on a “forward” basis has been the decline in the “P” of the P/E ratio. However, the “E” has yet to drop but will in the months ahead.
As such, we continue to suggest remaining more “risk off” by removing exposure as needed to lower portfolio risk on this rally. We laid out several guidelines last week to follow:
- Tighten up stop-loss levels to levels where you are comfortable selling if markets reverse again.
- Hedge portfolios against significant market declines. (swap equity funds for money market, stable value or bond funds.)
- Take profits in positions that have been big winners (Rebalance funds that are above the normal weightings for your portfolio. Same with Company stock in your plan.)
- Sell laggards and losers.
- Raise cash and rebalance portfolios to target weightings. (Rebalancing risk regularly keeps hidden risks somewhat mitigated.)
Notice, nothing in there says, “sell everything and go to cash.”
Last week, we suggested using any rally this week to begin the rebalancing process. That remain prudent advice if the rally does indeed continue next week as expected.
As we have noted over the last several weeks, using the models above, continue to underweight international and emerging markets, and small and mid-cap markets, in exchange for large capitalization weighted holdings for now. Furthermore, continue to keep all NEW contributions stored in your cash alternative or stable value fund. If you don’t have access to either use the shortest-duration bond fund in your choices.
If you are close to retirement or are concerned about a pickup in volatility, there is nothing wrong with being very underweight equities. It is better to be safe than have to give up dreams of retirement to rebuild lost wealth.