Tactical Asset Allocation – January 2017

Performance

Global Core finished January up 1.25% and US Core was up 1.25% with holdings identical to Global Core.

Upgraded Global Core

The upgraded Global Core is an incremental improvement to US Core. I believe that the upgraded Global Core Strategy will better serve subscribers (including our personal portfolio) than US Core. The tax consequences of shifting holdings from US Core to the upgraded Global Core are not material. Effective with the December 30 rebalance, I moved all of our TAAS Strategy investments to the upgraded Global Core. I will continue to publish the US Core Strategy for subscribers who are not comfortable making the shift at this time.

Markets

Treasury ETFs have declined sharply from their all time highs last July. While the drop in Treasury prices has reduced our Strategy return; I am pleased that the decline is occurring while equity prices are rising. This will provide more room for Treasuries to cushion a future decline in equities.

Equity valuations remain extremely high; however investors are showing few signs of concern (per my Weekly Market Analyst blog). We remain in conservative strategies which emphasize capital preservation over growth.

Website update

TAAStrategies is undergoing a major upgrade. The email upgrade was completed in December, performance charts and tables were upgraded in January, and an all new website will appear in February.

Tactical Asset Allocation Fund Basket Performance

Global Core

Month-to-date: 1.25% gain
Year-to-date: 1.25% gain
Full cycle-to-date (Sep 2007): 10.22% CAGR, 6.53% Max Monthly Drawdown

Performance table (updated after the close each month)

Global Satellite Strategy

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

Performance table (updated after the close each month)

Other Strategies

US Core Strategy

Month-to-date: 1.25% gain,
Year-to-date: 1.25% gain
Full cycle-to-date (Sep 2007): 10.37% CAGR, 7.14% Max Monthly Drawdown

Performance table (updated after the close each month)

 

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    • [email protected] excludes months not in invested in Strategy or in cash (no risk). There are 113 months in the period Sep 2007 – Jan 2017. [email protected] of 11.85% is the CAGR over the entire 113 months. [email protected] of 25.90% is the CAGR during the 55 months the Satellite Strategy was invested. Since we can incur Drawdown only when the Strategy is invested, it is useful to relate Drawdown to the CAGR during the same period.

      We can compare Core [email protected] of 10.63% and Max Drawdown of 6.90% to Satellite [email protected] of 12.90% and Max Drawdown of 13.22% and see that while we are taking additional risk in the Satellite Strategy, we are being compensated for it.

      A companion comparison is the Up/Down Ratio of 339.64% for Core versus 409.33%. While both are exceptionally high ratios, the higher ratio for the Satellite Strategy tells us that it is more efficient per unit of risk.

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The table below shows performance for the Adaptive Global strategy through May.

Effective with the May 29 monthly rebalance, several of the ETFs have been shifted among the Favorable, Balanced, and Hostile market conditions. The strategy continues to use the same basket of ETFs, the same Adaptive Dynamic Momentum algorithm, the same selection algorithm, and the same weighting algorithm..The chart and table below reflect the changes.

Compares performance of the Tactical Adaptive Strategies to the S&P 500 and Vanguard Balanced Index Fund

Supporting tables for Tactical Adaptive Global. S&P 500 (SPY) and Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX) can be found below

Our backtest results tables are constructed for two full market cycles beginning in January 2000.

The most recent market cycle covers October 2007 to date. The fund baskets for our tactical strategies are constructed from indexed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) with just two exceptions, an Open End Fund and a Closed End Fund, both with long history.

The earlier market cycle covers January 2000 through September 2007. A number of the ETFs we use were not created until later in the decade. For those cases, we infill using predecessor Open End Funds (OEFs) for which the indexing and/or subclass is substantially similar to the ETF. Aside from providing insight into possible strategy performance during a second, earlier, cycle, they also offer the advantage of completely out of sample data. The fact that the metrics of both cycles are very comparable appears to validate the process.

We have been asked if it is possible to extend backtests to earlier decades. While this appears to be a common practice with some services; it is not possible to produce credible results for many strategies due to the lack of funds with substantially similar indexing and/or subclass. Doing so would force me to stretch the term "substantial" far beyond my comfort level.

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.

Benchmark S&P 500 (SPY)

Benchmark Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX)

Compares performance of the Tactical Adaptive Strategies to the S&P 500 and Vanguard Balanced Index Fund

Supporting tables for Tactical Adaptive Income, S&P 500 (SPY) and Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX) can be found below

Our backtest results tables are constructed for two full market cycles beginning in January 2000.

The most recent market cycle covers October 2007 to date. The fund baskets for our tactical strategies are constructed from indexed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) with just two exceptions, an Open End Fund and a Closed End Fund, both with long history.

The earlier market cycle covers January 2000 through September 2007. A number of the ETFs we use were not created until later in the decade. For those cases, we infill using predecessor Open End Funds (OEFs) for which the indexing and/or subclass is substantially similar to the ETF. Aside from providing insight into possible strategy performance during a second, earlier, cycle, they also offer the advantage of completely out of sample data. The fact that the metrics of both cycles are very comparable appears to validate the process.

We have been asked if it is possible to extend backtests to earlier decades. While this appears to be a common practice with some services; it is not possible to produce credible results for many strategies due to the lack of funds with substantially similar indexing and/or subclass. Doing so would force me to stretch the term "substantial" far beyond my comfort level.

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.

Benchmark S&P 500 (SPY)

Benchmark Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX)

Compares performance of the Tactical Adaptive Strategies to the S&P 500 and Vanguard Balanced Index Fund

Supporting tables for Tactical Adaptive Innovation, S&P 500 (SPY) and Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX) can be found below

The Innovation ETFs used in the Innovation Strategy were not established until 2014-2015 so our history is limited. There are no predecessor funds which are similar enough to use for infill.

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.

Benchmark S&P 500 (SPY)

Benchmark Vanguard Balanced Index Fund (VBINX)