Asset Allocation Reports

Asset Allocation Weekly (March 22, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee One factor we have been tracking is the recent behavior of retail money market funds.  We have noted that households began building money market funds about the time that the equity market peaked and U.S. trade policy began to turn toward protectionism.  In the coming months, money market funds continued to rise… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (March 15, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee The Financial Accounts of the United States, formerly known as the Flow of Funds Report, was released last week.  It is a plethora of information about the state of the economy.  Below we discuss the charts we find most noteworthy. First, here is the saving balance by sector. The tax cut has… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (March 8, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee The Federal Reserve is experiencing a crisis of sorts.  For years, policymakers have used the Phillips Curve as a guide to policy.  The Phillips Curve postulates that there is a tradeoff between inflation and unemployment. Essentially, to quell inflation policymakers need to raise rates to create unemployment.  The basic idea is that… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (March 1, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee Our cyclical position on foreign investing remains with a zero allocation; although the committee has not been negative on foreign, our work suggested that the risk/reward compared to small and mid-cap stocks warranted putting more assets in those areas.  However, we are continuing to pay close attention to foreign as an area… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (February 22, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee In 2017, we introduced an indicator of the basic health of the economy and added it to the many charts we monitor to gauge market conditions.  The indicator is constructed with commodity prices, initial claims and consumer confidence.  The thesis behind this indicator is that these three components should offer a simple… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (February 15, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee The pullback in equities in Q4 coincided with a sharp drop in long-duration Treasury yields.  However, the recovery seen in early 2019 has not led to a rise in yields. This chart shows the S&P 500 (left axis) and the 10-year T-note yield (right axis).  Note that yields and the equity markets… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (February 8, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee Gold is considered by some to be a commodity, but we treat it as a non-liability-backed currency.  In other words, gold isn’t created because someone makes a loan.  Instead, it is created by mining.  In addition, most commodities are consumed but much of the gold refined through the ages still exists.  In… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (February 1, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee In our analysis, both small caps and mid-caps are undervalued relative to their large cap cousins. These charts compare mid-caps and small caps to large cap stocks.  We log-transform the data and use a time trend to scale the transformed indices as well.  The lower line on both charts indicate that small… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (January 25, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee One of the important unknown factors for 2019 is whether slowing global growth will have a negative impact on the U.S. economy.  Or, put another way, can the world lead the U.S. into recession?  For the most part, history suggests the answer is no—the U.S. can bring down the world but the… Read More »

Asset Allocation Weekly (January 18, 2019)

by Asset Allocation Committee Equity markets struggled in 2018; although new highs were achieved twice during the year, volatility was elevated compared to 2017. This is a chart of the CBOE VIX index, a measure of implied volatility from the equity options market.  An elevated VIX means implied volatility is high, which implies a wider dispersion… Read More »

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