Tactical Asset Allocation (TAA) Monthly Feature - August 2012
Below are the most up to date allocations for the Tactical Asset Allocation model I've written about on the blog. For those needing a refresher on what TAA is and why I think it's important as part of an investment plan just click here to revisit the first post. [table id=6 /]
In the 11 months I've freely shared this model on my blog it has proven to provide a balanced way to achieve growth, while also managing the risk of April/May/June also.
July was a solid, though not spectacular month for the model, posting a 1.59% return. The positive return though was just part of the story, however, as the way the model managed July's volatility is what really stood out. You can see that via the daily chart below:
The dark blue line is the model - the light blue is the S&P 500. What's obvious is that the model was largely unaffected by the volatility of the stock market - exactly what the model attempts to do. Much of this steady performance came from the model's two largest holdings, bonds and real estate, producing steady returns in spite of the stock market's volatility.
The model still has no gold, which has served it well the past few months. For August the model is not changing much at all. It will still emphasize bonds and real estate, but continues to keep a modest allocation towards stocks.
Since the model I share here is "balanced" keep in mind it always keeps at least 50% of the portfolio in either bonds or cash. The whole idea of this balanced tactical asset allocation (TAA) approach is to keep a highly diversified portfolio that can get through the markets major ups and downs without the dizzying volatility of just growth investments. It's not perfect, but so far so good.
For those that want to track the performance of this model here's the most up to date info:
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I've also added some long term metrics on return and risk here (complete with data going back to 1997):
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To see how performance is measured just check out the static page on TAA here.
As mentioned in past posts I'll update this model/strategy each month roughly 1 week into each new month. This way scalpers can't just steal the research as their own and other financial professionals can't simply use the research to manage their clients money.
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