Tactical Asset Allocation – April 2017

Strategy Update

Performance

Global Core finished April up 0.97% and up 4.47% year to date.

Domestic equities, International equities, and Treasuries all contributed to this month's gains.

Especially notable is that Global Core  lagged the S&P 500 by just 0.02 (0.97% vs 0.99%) in performance for the month while Global Core's mid-month decline was limited to 0.003% versus 1.14% for the S&P 500's. While such favorable upside/downside performance is exceptional, it does illustrate the focus of Global Core in minimizing drawdowns. I look forward to the day when market conditions permit us to deploy Global Satellite to capture high returns.

Market

The US equity markets declined into mid-April and then rallied into month-end. International equities, including both developed and emerging markets were stronger than the US equities. Fixed income did well for the month.

Positions go Long Term

While I began using the TAAS Strategies in November of 2014, it was not until April of 2016 that I opened the Strategies to subscribers. Our first subscribers are now completing their first year. I am pleased to note that subscribers who employed the recommended Last In, First Out tax strategy will see much of their holdings become eligible for Long Term tax treatment on May 1.

Tactical Asset Allocation Strategy Performance

Global Strategy (Conservative)

Month-to-date: 0.97% gain
Year-to-date: 4.47% gain
Full cycle-to-date (Sep 2007): 12.80% CAGR, 6.53% Max Monthly Drawdown

Global Strategy (Aggressive)

Month-to-date: 0.97% gain
Year-to-date: 4.47% gain
Full cycle-to-date (Sep 2007): 15.27% CAGR, 8.21% Max Monthly Drawdown

Strategy Performance Chart and Table (updated monthly)

Tactical Asset Allocation Fund Basket Performance

Global Core

Month-to-date: 0.97% gain
Year-to-date: 4.47% gain
Full cycle-to-date (Sep 2007): 10.31% CAGR, 6.53% Max Monthly Drawdown

Global Satellite

Month-to-date: hibernating since Nov 2014
Year-to-date: hibernating since Nov 2014
Full cycle-to-date (Sep 2007): 25.90% [email protected]*, 8.2% Max Monthly Drawdown

*CAGR for the "Favorable" Market Conditions during which Global Satellite was invested

Basket Performance Chart and Table (updated monthly)

Ready to learn More about the Strategies?

Exceptional results are due entirely to the complementary strengths of our Market Conditions Model and our Tactical Model.

Not ready to subscribe but want to stay in the loop?

Sign up for Earl's Tactical Asset Allocation Strategies newsletter and receive his featured articles and performance updates.

 

A Caveat

A 35+ year secular bull market in both equities and bonds began in 1982. The last cyclical bull market in equities (and to a lesser extent, bonds) began 10 years ago. Returns during these periods have been historically exceptional. Market returns for the next 10 years are highly unlikely to approach those of the past 10. In fact, there is at least some evidence that market returns have a high probability of being significantly lower and that bonds and equities (which have risen together) may actually begin working at cross purposes.

Investors should not use the statistics shown for our strategies to establish expectations of specific levels of returns or drawdowns. Investors should, however, appreciate that we believe the principles which underlie the Tactical Adaptive Global, Tactical Adaptive Income, and Tactical Adaptive Innovation Strategies are enduring enough to significantly outperform the market in the future, both in lowering risk and in improving returns.

 

A Caveat

A 35+ year secular bull market in both equities and bonds began in 1982. The last cyclical bull market in equities (and to a lesser extent, bonds) began 10 years ago. Returns during these periods have been historically exceptional. Market returns for the next 10 years are highly unlikely to approach those of the past 10. In fact, there is at least some evidence that market returns have a high probability of being significantly lower and that bonds and equities (which have risen together) may actually begin working at cross purposes.

Investors should not use the statistics shown for our strategies to establish expectations of specific levels of returns or drawdowns. Investors should, however, appreciate that we believe the principles which underlie the Tactical Adaptive Global, Tactical Adaptive Income, and Tactical Adaptive Innovation Strategies are enduring enough to significantly outperform the market in the future, both in lowering risk and in improving returns.

A Caveat

A 35+ year secular bull market in both equities and bonds began in 1982. The last cyclical bull market in equities (and to a lesser extent, bonds) began 10 years ago. Returns during these periods have been historically exceptional. Market returns for the next 10 years are highly unlikely to approach those of the past 10. In fact, there is at least some evidence that market returns have a high probability of being significantly lower and that bonds and equities (which have risen together) may actually begin working at cross purposes.

Investors should not use the statistics shown for our strategies to establish expectations of specific levels of returns or drawdowns. Investors should, however, appreciate that we believe the principles which underlie the Tactical Adaptive Global, Tactical Adaptive Income, and Tactical Adaptive Innovation Strategies are enduring enough to significantly outperform the market in the future, both in lowering risk and in improving returns.