This is a summary of the recent performance of a wide range of excellent tactical asset allocation strategies. These strategies are sourced from books, academic papers, and other publications. While we don’t (yet) include every published TAA model, these strategies are broadly representative of the TAA space. Read more about our backtests or let AllocateSmartly help you follow these strategies in near real-time.
Tactical asset allocation turned in a mixed performance in June. Risk assets were mostly up for the month, including US small caps (ex. IWM and IWN, both +3.4%), US real estate (VNQ, +2.2%) and most international markets, but there were select exceptions like QQQ (-2.3%) and international real estate (RWX, -1.7%). Significant diversifying assets like commodites (DBC, -1.0%) and gold (GLD, -2.2%) performed poorly.
The following two charts help to show trends in the asset classes that TAA is allocating to over time. The first chart shows the average allocation over the last two years to broad categories of assets by the 37 strategies that we track, as of the end of each month (for a longer view, see this post). For example, “US Equities” may include everything from the S&P 500 to individual stock market sectors.
The most significant new observation from this chart is the continued rotation out of US equities (orange) and into international equities (red). Average exposure to international equities now stands at 21%, a level not seen since the end of 2012.
Below we’ve combined the average TAA allocation into even broader categories: “risk on” (equities, real estate and high yield bonds) versus “risk off” (everything else). I realize that some asset classes don’t fit neatly into these buckets, but it makes for a useful high level view. Overall allocation to risk assets remains near historical highs. That’s great if this broad rally continues, but there is significant exposure to investors here if the market stumbles in July.
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