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2019 Market Outlook

For the first time in almost 3 years, our Risk Odometer turned Defensive! This is a substantial change and does not happen often.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Summary

  • Risk Odometer’s outlook downgraded to defensive for the first time in 3 years
  • Making sense of a very challenging investment environment in 2018
  • Our outlook for 2019 and where we see opportunities

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We recommend investors use caution in these environments and carefully review their risk.  The timing of our downgrade occurred mid-month, providing us the opportunity to allocate away from risk assets such as equities and increase our position in Treasuries and cash.  The timing of our Odometer proved valuable as December 2018 became the worst December since the Great Depression!

The causes of this downgrade are the result of negative changes in technical indicators (Technical Price Action, Breadth and Volatility). Fundamental indicators (Leading Economic Indicators and Earnings) remain positive. Although there is currently a disconnect between the two, we still advise taking caution in these environments. Technical indicators are better timing tools than fundamentals. They give more false signals but are also early warning signs for changes in fundamental signals.  

Elastic Snapped

We take a deeper dive into the volatility that sent markets tumbling in early February.

Friday, 09 February 2018

Elastic Snapped

The elastic snapped as it always does when it gets stretched too far. Only hindsight will tell us where the bottom lie. Picking short-term bottoms remains the search for the holy grail. Instead, we review the economic data prior to the correction, which shows a strong foundation. Given the underlying strength, we do not expect this foundation to sustainably deteriorate through 2018.

2018 Q1 Review - A Resurgence of Volatility

The first quarter of 2018 saw a resurgence in volatility. We review what caused this, our opinions regarding it and how we are planning to manage through it.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

2018 Q1 Review - A Resurgence of Volatility

Reviewing the Quarter – Our Opinions Regarding the Recent Volatility

Prior to the first quarter of 2018, the market had one of the most remarkable runs in history. Following the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, the S&P 500 began an amazing streak of 15 consecutive months of positive returns and gaining nearly 40%!

2017 Performance Review

We are extremely optimistic for how our strategies are positioned to manage 2018.

Friday, 29 December 2017

2017 Performance Review

Their competitive advantage over many traditional investment options are their disciplined, tactical nature. We describe them as an alternative to the traditional buy and hold approach. The traditional buy and hold style manages a portfolio with a static risk approach.

2018 Outlook and Investment Preferences

2017 will go down as an unprecedented year in the financial markets and 2018’s outlook looks good but not without risks.

Friday, 01 December 2017

2018 Outlook and Investment Preferences

There are plenty of risks that worry us. We think investors should monitor these risks going forward because investing will not be as easy as it was in 2017. We also have some sectors we like overweighting for 2018 which could help investors navigate a more challenging environment.

2017 Outlook - “Animal Spirits” on Simmer

Tuesday, 03 January 2017

2017 Outlook - “Animal Spirits” on Simmer

After stumbling out of the gate this year, global equity markets have put in relatively consistent gains since the February lows. U.S., U.K. and emerging market equities have provided much of the leadership, while markets in the Eurozone and Japan lagged.

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