Breadcrumbs

The January reallocation remained committed to US equities to kick off 2014. The PCM Global Tactical Index maintained US equity exposure to technology and consumer discretionary, while adding exposure to industrials, materials and Belgium. After hitting all-time highs at the end of December, the PCM US Industries Total Return Index migrated 25% each into technology, telecom, media and semi conductors. We look forward to an exciting quarter in the equity markets, as volatility should rebound from historically low levels seen in 2013 and earnings season strives to maintain historically high profit margins.

On the bond side, the PCM US Bond Index remained committed 25% in each of: 1-3 year US Treasuries, investment grade corporates, and high yield corporates. The remaining 25% weighting is in the inverse 20 year US Treasury. The PCM Absolute Bond Index remained allocated 50% into inverse 20 year US Treasuries, while the remaining 50% rotated to emerging market bonds. Due in part to the multi-directional ability of these indexes, the PCM Absolute Bond Index composite was again ranked as achieving "Top Guns" status within the Informa Investment Solutions' manager ranking database; this time for the 3Q 2013 after receiving the award in 2Q 2013 as well. This continues to be a solution to consider for clients who have maturing bonds or high exposure to a bond portfolio with a long duration. The links to our indexes in this article have been updated to take you to a Morningstar Fact sheet for a more comprehensive analysis of the models. To view all of our index models, please visit our website at www.pcminvestment.com

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.

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