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Market Update and Model Portfolio Reviews 7/31/2021

Domestic large cap equities finished out the month even better than last month up 2.38%, and year to date up 17.99%.  Investment Grade Bonds* are still negative year to date, down -0.50% but have rebounded consecutively for the last four months, and up 1.12% in July. The advanced estimate of GDP for the second quarter of 2021 came in at 6.5% with GDP now surpassing its pre-pandemic levels and the July unemployment rate fell to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic at 5.4%.  The S&P 500 continued breaking through new record highs and closed the month just modestly off the record close on July 26.  The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to levels not seen since February as the bond market balanced concerns of supply and demand for Treasuries with continuing concerns over inflation and whether growth will persist.  Further below we discuss our thought process when we repositioned the model strategies on July 8 mostly with consideration from the move in Treasuries.   For background, in August of 2020, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced a shift in how the Federal Reserve policy will look at and “target” a 2% inflation mandate for monetary policy by employing an averaging approach of a 2% target over the long run.  The question since then has been, “What is the long run?”  The chart below shows the average Core PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditures Excluding Food and Energy) going back to 1960. Core PCE is one of the two primary measures the Federal Reserve uses for policy decisions.  Since then, Core PCE has averaged 3.19% but over the last 10 years has only averaged 1.68%.  Historically, when inflation has started to approach 2%, Fed Policy makers have raised policy rates anticipating an overshoot of their 2% target.  Many market participants have seen these policy moves as mistakes and the most recent one being the Rate hiking cycle starting from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018, which ultimately led to a market correction and nearly a bear market.

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DISCLOSURE (Click links for sources. If in print, sources available upon request). Calculations & Definitions available upon request. Measured by the Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index* - Morningstar. S&P 500 Total Return Index**. See “Model Disclosure” page for important disclosures and information. Views and opinions are of Alternative Capitalis, LLC and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation(s). Total Period Measured 12/31/2016 – 07/31/2021 for performance presentation .“Inception” refers to Inception to Date. Inception calculation assumes end of day market prices on 12/30/2016 for starting period values to calculate Inception to Date figures.  Performance presented net of highest advisory fee. The results do not represent actual trading and actual results may significantly differ from the theoretical results presented. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. 10 Year Real Yield (TIPS) - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US), 10-Year Treasury Inflation-Indexed Security, Constant Maturity [DFII10], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/DFII10, August 5, 2021. Inflation Expectations (5-Year, 5-Year Forward) - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US), 10-Year Treasury Inflation-Indexed Security, Constant Maturity [DFII10], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/DFII10, August 5, 2021. 10-Year Treasury Yield - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US), 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate [DGS10], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/DGS10, August 5, 2021. Core Inflation - U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Personal Consumption Expenditures Excluding Food and Energy (Chain-Type Price Index) [PCEPILFE], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/PCEPILFE, July 31, 2021.

The reallocations on July 8, 2021, were largely motivated by the moves in interest rates.  In the first quarter of the year, interest rates climbed higher and fixed income bonds were a very painful place to be invested as bond prices move inversely to interest rates (or more accurately, interest rates move inversely to bond prices – as the price relative to the bonds coupon derives the yield).  Since the start of the second quarter of 2021, yields started trending lower again and on July 8th our view was that yields capitulated lower where bond investors had pushed up the price of Treasuries.  Our view at that time was that the yield on bonds across the term structure (varying times to maturity) were too low to offer meaningful diversification unless there was another sharp risk off event.  Longer maturity bonds have the most price sensitivity to interest rates (all else equal) than shorter maturity bonds.  They can offer great tail risk protection in a sharp risk off environments but also a candidate for a major headwind when prospects for both growth and inflation appear higher over the medium to long run.  This type of conundrum with very low interest rates and seemingly elevated equity prices puts risk management on high alert.  At the onset of the pandemic, the 30-year treasury briefly went under 1%, but then followed a path higher before the market bottomed meaning that both equities and fixed income prices were falling together.  On July 8th the 30-year Treasury yield had fallen below 2% and the 10 year below 1.3% and to a level that made, in the risk/reward framework in bonds unfavorable as a standalone investment but also as a diversifier.  At this same time, bank stocks, had sold off meaningfully as the shape of the yield curve had flattened (longer term interest rates were lower and shorter-term interest rates higher) which from a banks perspective squeezes future potential profit margins with banks making money off loans with longer maturities and then borrowing loans (and deposits) to make loans at shorter maturities (borrow in the short and lend out longer – net interest margins).  On July 8th we added to our existing banking exposures (KBWB ETF) on the belief that the yield curve would ultimately begin to steepen again.  Through the end of the month, that story did not play out, even in the face of higher inflation concerns.  The chart above ties in the Core Inflation readings along with future inflation expectations, the 10 Year Real Treasury Yield (Real Yield), and the 10 Year Treasury Yield (Nominal Yield).  The Real Yield has touched record lows in July while the Nominal Yield continued to fall even with rising inflation and rising inflation expectations.  To be clear, this does not paint the whole picture, but our belief is that the red and purple lines will ultimately revert, or one will more align itself  with the other like the time period of 2013 to 2018.

Given this mini rotation and our perceived lack of diversification from bonds, we further opted to take a little more risk off the table in our equity core growth exposure, entirely exited our traditional energy exposure, but also added back to our UK equity exposure in pound denomination (EWU ETF).  From a currency and equity view, on balance, the valuations of both equity and currency were appealing with the currency appeal again largely driven by the move in the bond markets in the US relative to UK bonds.   Other trades were largely to realign the portfolio to the last April 15th rebalances.  Through the end of the month, the changes did not materially add relative to the domestic large cap equity market’s performance.  Given our view of yields going higher from July 8, we now have seen rates come down further which in the short run creates a head scratcher considering inflation data.  The domestic large cap banking industry had a generally stronger than expected reported revenue and earnings season in July.  We increased our banking exposure allocations a week before the industries kick off to earnings season, but even strong beats and positive guidance from earnings calls were not enough to combat the flattening yield curve.  

There has been a large pick up in the Federal Reserves balance sheet in Reverse Repurchase agreements primarily driven by the spend down of the Treasury General Account. This tends to happen when the Treasury (the Government) opts to not issue short term Treasuries, like Treasury Bills, and rather draws from their cash account at the Federal Reserve Bank. The two-year freeze in the Government debt limit ended in July and now Congress is tasked with either reinstituting an additional freeze or a major increase in the Government debt limit to avoid a Government shutdown later this year.  This means less potential debt issuance (Treasuries) in the short run.  With this in mind (dwindling supply of high-quality collateral such as Treasury bills), the Federal Reserve has had to step into the overnight reverse repurchase market creating, in our view, artificially low rates at the same time having a lack of supply of shorter-term paper (generally Treasury Bills) scarcity increasing pressures moving Treasury prices higher (lowering yields). 

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The iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of the total U.S. investment-grade bond market. (the "Index"). Visit https://www.ishares.com/us/products/239458/ishares-core-total-us-bond-market-etf for more information about the ETF. 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Alternative Capitalis, LLC is a registered investment adviser. Information presented herein is for educational purposes only and does not intend to make an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies. Investments involve risk and unless otherwise stated, are not guaranteed. The results presented before 12/31/2016 for model performance assume that the weights initially held on that date were held at the unset of any performance presented before 12/31/2016.  This assumes results based on discretionary models that are not purely quantitative or rules based. Global Benchmarks: The performance results shown are compared to the performance of the performance of a blended ETF (exchange-traded-fund) portfolio comprised of the following three ETF’s symbols, VT, BNDX & BND, are described below.  The benchmarks used are investable ETFs and their performance calculation is inclusive of the highest fee charged to a client(s) account, 1.25% annually.  This will reduce the total return of the investable benchmark by the annualized rate of 1.25%.  Additionally, the ETF’s that lack the track record to cover the entirety of the period presented have been backfilled with index data that Alternative Capitalis, LLC deems appropriate as a proxy of the chosen ETF’s hypothetical track record.  Below is the summary of backfilled data and time period:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ETF symbol BNDX (Vanguard Total International Bond ETF). The Vanguard Total International Bond ETF attempts to track the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate ex-USD Float Adjusted RIC Capped Index (USD Hedged). Visit https://investor.vanguard.com/etf/profile/BNDX for more information about the ETF. The ETF symbol VT (Vanguard Total World Stock ETF) seeks to track the performance of the FTSE Global All Cap Index, which covers both well-established and still-developing markets.  Visit https://investor.vanguard.com/etf/profile/VT for more information about the ETF. The ETF symbol BND (Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF). The Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF attempts to track the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index and attempted to track the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index through December 31, 2009. Visit https://investor.vanguard.com/etf/profile/BND for more information about the ETF.  The benchmark is blended representing a weighting of a percentage (%) to BND, percentage (%) to VT and percentage (%) to BNDX based on the respective model weights below. The benchmarks are rebalanced over periods that include a calendar year end date, on the calendar year end date, to their original weighting over the period measured.  The Benchmarks are comprised of the starting allocation and will shift given the prevailing market environment over the period measured.  Return Comparison: To benchmark the results, the ETF symbol BNDX (Vanguard Total International Bond ETF) attempts to track the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate ex-USD Float Adjusted RIC Capped Index (USD Hedged). The Vanguard Total International Bond ETF was chosen as it is generally well recognized as an indicator or representation of the global bond market, ex-U.S. bonds, and tracks an investment-grade, non-USD denominated bond index, hedged against currency fluctuations for U.S. investors.  The ETF symbol VT (Vanguard Total World Stock ETF) seeks to track the performance of the FTSE Global All Cap Index, which covers both well-established and still-developing markets. The Vanguard Total World Stock ETF was chosen as it is generally well recognized as an indicator or representation of the global stock market and tracks a market-cap-weighted index of global stocks covering approximately 98% of the domestic and emerging market capitalization. The ETF symbol BND (Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF) attempts to track the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index and attempted to track the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index through December 31, 2009. The Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF was chosen as it is generally well recognized as an indicator or representation of the U.S. Domestic bond market, and tracks a broad, market-value-weighted index of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade, taxable, fixed-income securities with maturities of at least one year. For each respective model benchmark the performance measurement weightings are as follows to BND/VT/BNDX %: 66/20/14, 57.8/30/12.3, 49.5/40/10.5, 41.2/50/8.8, 33/60/7, 24.7/70/5.3, 16.5/80/3.5 and 8.2/90/1.8 % respectively for the Ultra Conservative, Conservative, Moderate, Balanced, Growth & Income, Growth, Aggressive and Ultra Aggressive Global Benchmarks.

 
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Disclosure table for backfill of Global