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A. Stotz All Weather Strategies – May 2024

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What happened in world markets in May 2024

Performance of the World stock markets

  • The US, and especially tech-heavy NASDAQ, performed great
  • Japan was up slightly
  • Hong Kong was up while China A was down
  • Europe was up too

Find the updated Performance of the World stock markets here.

World stocks rebounded in May

  • In 2023, World stocks were up 22.8%
  • In 2024YTD, they’ve gained 9.1%
  • Expectations of peak interest rates continued to support stocks

Global Bonds rose slightly in May

  • Expectations about rate cuts in 2H24 in the US and EU supported global Bonds

Commodities retreated in May 2024

  • While the index was down, the Commodities fund used in the strategy was up due to its lower weight in energy

WTI oil closed May 2024 at US$79/bbl

Energy dragged down Commodities

  • Drought concerns drove up Agriculture in May
  • Precious metals held up well on continued uncertainty
  • Improved economic outlook supported industrial metals

Gold gained in May 2024

  • Gold closed the month at US$2,327/oz
  • Central bank buying continued to support the Gold price

All currencies have weakened >10% against Gold in 2024YTD

  • Typically, a stronger US$ means a lower gold price in US$ and vice versa

Asset managers don’t expect a recession

  • 78% of global asset managers currently say that a recession within the next 12 months is unlikely
  • In November 2022, roughly 90% of portfolio managers anticipated a recession

US small cap debt coming due

  • Small caps have a bigger share of debt coming due in the next 5 years
  • At the same time, 41% of Russell 2000 companies are not profitable

Electricity inflation is the highest in 40 years

  • Energy prices surge as demand is growing from, for example, data centers and AI

US is no.1 in oil

Gold hits another ATH

  • Gold price recorded a new all-time high of US$2,450/oz t in May

China replaces UST with gold

  • In 1Q24, China sold a record amount of US Treasuries (UST) and US agency bonds to buy gold

China drives copper demand

  • Pretty much everything related to the “green transition” requires a lot of copper
  • Copper is also among the best-performing assets in the past six months

Performance review: All Weather Inflation Guard

All Weather Inflation Guard gained 1.2%

Since inception, the strategy was up 6.8% and 7.5% above a 40/60 portfolio

  • The strategy has also experienced less volatility

In May 2024, the strategy was up 1.2%, which was 1.1% below the 40/60 portfolio

  • Our 5% target allocation to Commodities did OK, but it was offset by the poor performance of World energy
  • TIPS and Gold both outperformed Global Bonds

Performance review: All Weather Strategy

All Weather Strategy gained 1.6%

Since inception, the strategy was up 44.9% and 20.0% above a 60/40 portfolio

In May 2024, the strategy was up 1.6%, which was 1.1% below the 60/40 portfolio

  • Our 25% target allocation to Developed Europe did OK
  • While our 25% target allocations to APAC ex JP, CN and Gold dragged on performance relative to the 60/40 portfolio

Performance review: All Weather Alpha Focus

All Weather Alpha Focus gained 1.3%

Since inception, the strategy has been flat and 6.1% above a 60/40 portfolio

And 0.9% below World Equity, but with a lot less volatility

In May 2024, the strategy was up 1.3%, which was 1.5% below the 60/40 portfolio

  • Our 17% tilt to Infrastructure outperformed but our 17% tilt to Healthcare underperformed World Equity
  • Our tilts to Gold and Bonds dragged on performance as well

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