As mentioned in our Q2 Newsletter posted last week, #3 spot on the Asset Scale, International equities, had a strong Q1 bounce back resulting in challenging Bonds/Fixed Income for the #2 spot. As you may recall, Bonds dethroned International from the #2 spot, mid-December 2014, after an almost 2 year reign in the #2 position. Well, as of this week, Bonds have too, been dethroned. International equities, yet again, has regained its #2 spot on the Asset Scale.
So what now? Thankfully, we didn’t “throw out the baby with the bath water” in December when International slid to the #3 position. We held a 6-10% position, and that has helped returns, slightly. As a result of this week’s change, we have increased that exposure to 9-15% across all portfolios (still an underweight postion percentage). As we get further confirmation of the widening of the gap between the #2 and #3 Asset Scale positions, we would look to increase our International exposure to as high as 35% in some models/accounts.
Our diversified International focus, as of today—which, as you know, changes quickly, includes the following regions/countries:
- Emerging Asia Pacific
- Developed and Emerging European regions
- European Small caps
Our International models performance YTD:
- Globe Trotters: 11.84%
- International: 11.86%
Contact us if you have any questions! Just remember: We’ve got you managed.
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