Tag Archives: GEM

TAA vs buy and hold in overvalued markets

US stocks are expensive. There seems to be article after article on the expensiveness of US stocks these days. Plus, bonds in general are really really expensive. Both US stocks and all bonds are in the top (90th+ percentile) tiers of expensiveness relative to history. As Cliff Asness of AQR points out, the problem is that they are both at these expensive levels at the same time, which hasn’t happened ever. That means that a portfolio of US stocks and bonds (50/50, 60/40, take your pick) has a very low expected return going forward. Maybe the lowest ever. OK. Now what? … Continue reading

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TAA in the real world: theory versus slippage

Today I want to talk about my friend Jose. About a year and half ago, after months of Q & A between us, Jose decided to implement Antonacci’s GEM portfolio in his IRA (see this post for a detailed description). This post describes his first 6 months in GEM, November 2015 through April 2016. I think there are some good lessons here for the implementation of any TAA portfolio or any active strategy for that matter. I covered some TAA implementation tips and tools before. See here and here. Let’s jump right in. Starting out in any active strategy can … Continue reading

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Tactical asset allocation – december 2015 update

Here are the tactical asset allocation updates for December 2015. All portfolio updates are online as part of Paul’s GTAA 13 Portfolio New sheet. First, for the basic portfolios – the GTAA5 and the Permanent Portfolio. No changes for GTAA5. For the timing version of the Permanent Portfolio SHY went to cash which is basically no change. Now for the more aggressive GTAA AGG3 and AGG6 portfolios. Below is the snapshot of all the 13 asset classes. No changes for AGG3 this month. For AGG6, VCIT replaced VGIT and 33% of the portfolio is in cash just like last month. Performance for the portfolios so far this … Continue reading

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Tactical asset allocation – september 2015 update

Wow! What a month. After 3 years of a steady grind higher there is finally some significant volatility in the market. Several of the portfolios had a drawdown of about 6% during the month along with the major indices. If this is a surprise or it seems excessive, it’s not. Historically the portfolios have exhibited drawdowns up to 20%. With such big swings the portfolio risk management rules kicked in and now the allocations are mainly cash. Now comes the interesting part – to see if these signals are head fakes or the start of something significant. Here are the … Continue reading

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Tactical asset allocation – august 2015 update

Here are the tactical asset allocation updates for August 2015. All portfolio updates are online as part of Paul’s GTAA 13 Portfolio New sheet. First, for the basic portfolios – the GTAA5 and the Permanent Portfolio. There was one change in the GTAA5 portfolio. Bonds (IEF) went back to invested this month. GTAA5 is now 60% invested and 40% cash. For the timing version of the Permanent Portfolio there were no changes this month. The TAA version of the Permanent Portfolio is 50% invested and 50% in cash just like last month.   Now for the more aggressive GTAA AGG3 and AGG6 portfolios. There are no changes for either … Continue reading

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Tactical asset allocation – july 2015 update

Here are the tactical asset allocation updates for July 2015. All portfolio updates are online as part of Paul’s GTAA 13 Portfolio New sheet. First, for the basic portfolios – the GTAA5 and the Permanent Portfolio. There was one change in the GTAA5 portfolio. Bonds (IEF) went to cash this month. GTAA5 is now 40% invested and 60% cash. For the timing version of the Permanent Portfolio there were no changes this month. The TAA version of the Permanent Portfolio is 50% invested and 50% in cash just like last month. Now for the more aggressive GTAA AGG3 and AGG6 portfolios. There is one change for AGG3 this month. … Continue reading

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Relative momentum vs timing in the GTAA AGG portfolios

In today’s post I want to take a quick look at the role of timing in the GTAA AGG portfolios. What impact does timing have on the performance statistics of the AGG3 and AGG6 portfolios versus not using timing at all in the portfolios. The results will surely surprise some. The dominant impact to the performance of the AGG portfolios is relative strength, aka relative momentum. This should not come as a surprise as momentum is the most powerful and persistent market anomaly by far. The addition of timing using the 10 mo SMA signal in the AGG portfolios is meant … Continue reading

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Tactical asset allocation – june 2015 update

Here are the tactical asset allocation updates for June 2015. All portfolio updates are online as part of Paul’s GTAA 13 Portfolio New sheet. First, for the basic portfolios – the GTAA5 and the Permanent Portfolio. Only one change in the GTAA5 portfolio. REITs (VNQ) went to cash this month. GTAA5 is now 60% invested and 40% cash. For the timing version of the Permanent Portfolio long term bonds (VGLT) went to cash this month. The TAA version of the Permanent Portfolio is now 50% invested and 50% in cash. Now for the more aggressive GTAA AGG3 and AGG6 portfolios. Another big turnover in AGG3 this … Continue reading

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Comparing buy & hold, TAA, and quant portfolios

In my recent overview post on the landscape of available buy and hold portfolios, I said I would come back with a comparison of all the portfolio types; buy and hold, tactical asset allocation (TAA), and quant investing portfolios. Here is that comparison. I’m pretty sure I’ve discussed all the portfolios I compare in this post on the blog at some point but here is a list of the portfolios and some links for more info. Also, I have uploaded a spreadsheet to Google Drive that has more info on the data sources I used for the portfolios. Quant TV … Continue reading

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