What is strategy diversification?

The takeaway is not that one process is better than the other, but rather that investors may be able to benefit from process diversification much the same way they currently benefit from asset class diversification.


Corey Hoffstein is the Co-founder & CIO at Newfound Research, a participant in the ETF Strategist Channel.

Data sources include Yahoo! Finance and Newfound Research LLC.  Data is through Dec. 24, 2015. 

The Ivy portfolio consists of a 40% allocation to global equities (VHGEX) a 20% allocation to fixed income (VBIIX), a 20% allocation to commodities (DGL and DBC and related indices prior to ETF launch), and a 20% allocation to REITs (VGSIX). The permanent portfolio consists of a 25% allocation to U.S. Equities (VTSMX), a 25% allocation to long-term Treasuries (VUSTX), a 25% allocation to cash equivalents (VFISX), and a 25% allocation to gold (DGL). The risk-parity portfolio consists of an equal risk contribution allocation to global equities (VGHEX), fixed income (VUSTX and VBIIX), and commodities (DGL and DBC). The 60/40 portfolio consists of a 60% allocation to global equities (VHGEX) and a 40% allocation to fixed income (VBMFX). The tactical equity portfolio allocates to U.S. equities (VTSMX) when its 50-day moving average is above its 200-day moving average and to cash equivalents (VFISX) otherwise. U.S. equities are represented by VTSMX. 

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