The August 2022 Dashboard: Our Three Layers of Risk Management | ETF Trends

Our Cash Indicator methodology acts as a plan in case of an emergency. This is analogous to the multiple safety systems in a modern automobile, which includes an airbag. Importantly, each of these systems work together to potentially help smooth the ride.

We manage risk within our strategic, long-term allocations based on diversification across equity, fixed income, and alternative assets and a focus on more attractive relative values.

We manage risk tactically over the short-term by investing across a broad array of themes and asset classes including cash. We can either invest opportunistically or defensively depending on the environment.

Cash Indicator: Markets are functioning properly but we expect continued volatility.

Our proprietary Cash Indicator (CI) provides insight into the health of the market by monitoring the level of fear using equity and fixed income indicators. This warning system is designed to signal us to either a 25% or 50% cash position to potentially protect principle and provide liquidity to reinvest at lower and more attractive valuations.

After elevating earlier this year, the CI has fallen back to more normal levels. Equity fear subsided in July and bond markets reflect less concern. While the markets still have a lot of global uncertainty to digest, the CI suggests that markets are operating normally at this level.

Strategic View: The recent market rally makes equities fairly valued and long-term bonds expensive. 

Equity Valuations: Equity valuations bounced back with the strong July rally and now look fairly valued overall.

Equity Favorability: We continue to favor U.S. equities over foreign. Though we still hold high quality and defensive foreign assets, in recent months we have reduced our foreign exposure in favor of cash and high yield corporate bonds.

Fixed Income Valuations: Long-term interest rates may be range bound as markets adjust to changing inflation and economic outlooks. The 10-year Treasury yield looks expensive under 3% while very short-term interest rates should move higher based on central bank policy.

Fixed Income Favorability: We have been adding to intermediate-term core and high-quality longer duration positions as the 10-year Treasury moves above 3%. We continue to favor floating rate bonds on the short-end of the yield curve, such as collateralized loan obligations, while adding floating rate Treasuries in addition to short and intermediate duration investment grade mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities.

Tactical View: We favor equities with consistent earnings and intermediate duration fixed income.

Despite the two quarters of GDP decline, our work suggests that the U.S. economy’s solid and slow economic growth will continue. We recently increased our allocation to the information technology sector while also favoring financials, health care, small cap value, global low volatility, and cash. We added floating rate Treasuries and reduced our underweight to fixed income interest rate sensitivity by adding to core assets, high yield corporate bonds, and intermediate duration Treasury bonds.

 Equity U.S. » financials*, health care*, technology*, small cap value*

Global » low volatility, quality

 Fixed Income cash*, high yield bonds*, short and intermediate-duration asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities, floating rate* and intermediate-term Treasuries, taxable munis*
 Alternatives multi-sector income, put option overlay strategies*

*areas that we are tactically emphasizing

Global Broad Outlook: We are concerned about Europe and cautiously optimistic about most other regions.

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