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Fear Volatility not Bond Yields

The Great Volatility Slide is Over and it is time to compare the relative impact of rising bond yield vs rising volatility on asset allocation. We conclude that consensus earnings estimates for 2018 provide a substantial margin of safety against the threat of rising bond yields and rising volatility. The margin of safety declines in 2019, but the big threat comes from volatility, not bond yields. On current forecasts, we would need to return to an ultra-low volatility regime in order to maintain an overweight in equities into 2020.  [Read More... ]

If You Have to Own Bonds…

All our tactical asset allocation models are close to maximum underweight in fixed income. If you have to have some exposure, our models are clear that the best overall strategy is momentum with a bias towards risk-aversion. Other strategies tend to lead to lower returns and larger drawdowns over the long term.  [Read More... ]

We use excess volatility as the hurdle rate by which equities must beat bonds, in order to be risk-efficient. In the US, it has just hit a new low going back to 1995. In the Eurozone, it is at a new 20-year low. Risk conditions have never been more benign. This means that they are very likely to deteriorate, possibly quite soon. We also think that central banks want this to happen – but not too much.  [Read More... ]

A Warning from History

There is a lot of concern that the ultra-low level of volatility may herald the death of the global equity bull market. But historically this has been a poor indicator (as have Tech bubbles). Two which have worked in the past are very low exposure to US investment grade credit and very high exposure to Eurozone Equities, both of which we have now. But the lead-time from here could be between 10-30 weeks  [Read More... ]

The Missing Piece of Chewing Gum

We don’t have the killer chart that says China is going to blow up or shoot the lights out. Our models are curiously inconclusive, which is unusual for China, and the underlying data are trading in a very narrow range. All of which makes us nervous.  [Read More... ]

Systematic Diversification

What’s the best way of allocating an equity portfolio between the equity indices of the US and another country? We use nine different styles to discover the best regime for each individual country over the last 21 years. Sometimes the quest is hopeless; there is no way of beating the US by diversifying into any Eurozone country. But for the rest of the world, there is nearly always a process which has worked.  [Read More... ]

Goldilocks returns

We stay with our early-year focus on volatility. Many commentators have focussed on the potential for political shocks, but we may be on the verge of an ultra-low volatility regime similar to the Goldilocks period of 2006 and 2007, consistent with abundant liquidity, accelerating growth and fiscal stimulus in many developed economies.  [Read More... ]

Low Hurdle

Many analysts cite a possible break in the regime of low volatility as a potential threat to the performance US Equities. They are right, but they only have half the story. A rise in equity volatility only matters if it is NOT accompanied by a rise in Treasury volatility. If it is, there is no change to the hurdle rate which determines the risk-efficiency of equities relative to bonds  [Read More... ]

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