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.
The CI is falling to levels that historically have suggested markets being too complacent. When the markets are this sanguine, they typically are subject to a surprise risk.
Strategic View: Equity and fixed income valuations remain attractive, which increases our long-term expectations.
Equity Valuations: Equity valuations by different measures have fallen below their longer-term averages. Attractive valuations improve our long- term outlook for the equity market.
Equity Favorability: We continue to favor defensive equities as we expect global, economic, and market challenges ahead. That said, we have upgraded our foreign outlook as the foreign leading economic indicators are holding up better than expected. Our Strategies are close to their long-term target weight allocation to foreign equities.
Fixed Income Valuations: With the yield curve persistently inverted and broad money growth falling, we expect headline inflation and long- term interest rates to decline over the next year. The 10-year Treasury yield looks attractive when over 3% while short-term interest rates should stabilize.
Fixed Income Favorability: We remain overweight U.S. Treasuries including floating rate at the short end of the yield curve and interest rate sensitivity. We are underweight credit risks as we expect those areas to underperform in a challenging economic environment.
Tactical View: We favor defensive equity, fixed income, and alternative investments.
While our global economic outlook remains cautious, we are seeing signs that the most acute risks of an energy shock in the Eurozone will likely be avoided. As a result, we have increased our allocation to developed market foreign equities with a focus on quality and lower volatility.
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