With this month’s positioning, we have modified our risk-seeking outlook over the short-term. We added to our high quality factor with an international version and added US Value exposure while exiting our Momentum position. We exited Gold in favor of broad commodities.
Recent Portfolio Changes
We exited our positions in Momentum in favor of Value. We expect value to outperform Momentum as economic growth recovers and the yield curve steepens.
We exited our position in Gold and initiated a position broad commodities. Gold has had an amazing run since we initiated a position in May. However, we believe that investor positioning has gotten out of hand and risks are skewed to the downside. We expect oil and industrial metals prices will move higher as economic growth recovers.
We initiated a position in International Quality factor equities. We maintain our conviction to Quality factor exposure and upgraded our ex-US regional equity exposure.
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We initiated a position in cash. As risks persist across asset classes, and with 1-3 month treasury yields near 2%, an elevated position will help shield the portfolio from volatility.
Fixed Income (US)
We continue to be overweight in our position to Ultrashort Maturity Bond. Huge moves in interest rates have left government bonds at extremely overbought levels, reflecting a very bearish view of economic growth. We continue to see duration as a risk and favor ultrashort duration at the expense of allocations to long-dated fixed income.
We maintain our position in Preferred Stocks. We maintain our conviction to the position. The asset class’s attractive yield and positive tailwinds will continue to provide diversification benefits to the portfolio.
Fixed Income (International)
We increased our position in Emerging Market Bonds. Given solid sovereign fundamentals and cyclical highs for yield spreads, emerging market bonds provide attractive yield and portfolio diversification.
We maintain positions in Quality equities. Quality equities possess pricing power, exhibit strong profitability, and have additional sustainable competitive advantages which allow businesses to remain viable over time. We feel this holding is prudent in the later stages of the US credit cycle.
We initiated a position in Value equities. We believe that value equities provide yield at a reasonable price, are historically cheap relative to other style factors, and should outperform as the macroeconomic backdrop recovers.
We maintain a reduced position in Emerging Market equities. The most important risk to emerging markets (a big Chinese growth slowdown or collapse in its currency) is unlikely but has increased on the margin and Chinese stimulus has yet to catalyze a credit response. We have reduced emerging market equity exposure.
We maintain a position in broad Global equities. We believe that Easing financial conditions and relative valuations to other asset classes (especially bonds) justify broad exposure to global stocks in the portfolio.
We initiated a position in International Quality equities. We maintain our conviction to Quality factor exposure and upgraded our ex-US regional exposure.
We initiated a position in Broad Commodities. We expect oil and industrial metals prices will move higher as economic growth recovers. Additionally, the recent Saudi oil attack puts a risk premium into the oil price.
1 Information as of 10/4/2019. Individual account allocations may differ slightly from model allocations.
2 Some Emerging Markets allocation overlaps with regional allocations.
3 Excludes GTA’s alternative, cash, and cash equivalent positions.
4 Contains international exposure
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