November, 2013: Developed European Countries inplay
The November reallocation continued exposure to international equities, with a heavy weighting in the developed European countries. PCM's Global Tactical Index continued holding Germany and Belgium, while adding exposure to Italy and the Netherlands. The final 20% allocation committed to large cap growth technology. After hitting all time highs at the end of October,the PCM US Industries Total Return Index committed 25% each to medical devices, telecommunications, food and beverage, and consumer staples and therefore taking an overall fairly defensive approach.
The PCM US Bond Index abandoned October's defensive exposure of a 75% allocation to short term treasuries and is now 25% in each of: 7-10 year US Treasuries, high yield corporates, investment grade corporates and the remaining 25% allocation remaining in short term US Treasuries. The PCM Absolute Bond Index remained 50% in emerging market bonds, while rotating the remaining 50% allocation from international corporate bonds to high yield US corporate bonds. Due in part to the multi-directional ability of these indexes, theÂ PCM Absolute Bond Index composite was ranked as achieving "Top Guns" status within the Informa Investment Solutions' manager ranking database for 2Q 2013. We are looking forward to seeing if our Emerging Market Equity Total Return Index can achieve a similar award for third quarter 2013.
By: Melissa Wieder, CFP®, Director Institutional Services
Collaborative insight provided by Co-CIO's Michael Chapman and Todd Wood
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About "PCM Quant Coalescence"
Welcome to Provident's bi monthly "Quant Coalescence" communication. We suspect that many of you are no different than us. That is to say that when our quantitative models rebalance every 2 weeks for some indexes or once a month for other indexes, you sometimes find yourselves asking "What is behind a rotation into that ETF ?" This communication is our opportunity to "unite for a common end" with our clients and partners; keeping you updated on our thoughts and perspectives. As you know, our indexes are based on an absolute approach: we strive to make money in up markets or down markets, while trying to greatly minimize loss in any market environment.
Our indexes are also quantitative, reflective of our systematic, unbiased and technical approach. Since our indexes are unbiased, the quantitative models would obviously at times rotate into positions that cause us to scratch our heads. Nevertheless, being so close to the analysis as it unfolds, allows us to quickly begin to validate the fundamental reasons behind the quantitative "following of the money." At other times, the trades are not validated right away; the story unfolds as the days pass. We have been very excited about many of these "validations" and "ah ha" moments. We had another "ah ha" moment when we decided that these insights would also be interesting to those who have entrusted us with their financial peace of mind. Our goal is to be short and to the point, specific to what is happening in our indexes rather than a lengthy macroeconomic perspective.