iSectors®, LLC 1st Quarter 2017 Summary Commentary

Posted on: 04/19/2017

Summary Overview

  • Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 6.07% during the quarter and up 17.17% over the past twelve months.
  • MSCI AC World ex US (international stocks) outperformed US stocks in the quarter by rising 7.05% and underperformed US stocks over the past twelve months by being up 15.69%.
  • MSCI Emerging Markets Equities rose 11.44% for the quarter and increased by 17.21% over the past twelve months.
  • Barclays US Aggregate Bond underperformed stocks by rising only 0.82% during the quarter.  The index rose 0.44% over the past twelve months.
  • Rogers International Commodities dropped 1.73% for the quarter and was up 12.41% in over the past twelve months.
  • Gold outperformed the broad commodity market with a 7.40% increase in the quarter.  It rose 0.63% over the past twelve months.

iSectors Allocation Model Commentary

iSectors Post-MPT Allocations

  • The Post-MPT Allocations underperformed their respective benchmarks in the quarter. The Post-MPT Growth Allocation had a 2.80% gain while the Post-MPT Moderate Allocation rose by 3.63% in the quarter.
  • Over the past twelve months, Post-MPT Growth was up 10.57% and Post-MPT Moderate rose by 5.78%. Post-MPT Growth and Post-MPT Moderate underperformed their benchmarks, the S&P 500 and the 60/40 stock/bond index, respectively, over the past twelve months. (60/40 = 60% S&P 500 and 40% Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index.)
  • With more than twelve years of real-time performance, Post-MPT Growth has outperformed the S&P 500 by over 110 basis points annually since its 2005 inception with less drawdown. As demonstrated in early 2016, Post-MPT Growth has outperformed equities during flat to negative markets due to the model’s ability to change its exposure within a universe of low correlated asset classes and flexibility to own more conservative asset classes when market conditions are unfavorable.
  • During the quarter, Post-MPT Growth and Moderate were positively impacted by their technology and utilities holdings. Energy contributed negatively to both Allocations’ results last quarter.
  • Both models continue to be positioned for a slow growing economy. Financial, technology and utilities sectors are large positions in both models. Post-MPT Growth is also overweighted in energy while Post-MPT Moderate has an above market Treasury Bond position. Although Post-MPT Moderate has not changed significantly during the quarter, Post-MPT Growth has slightly increased its holdings in energy and financials.

iSectors Liquid Alternatives Allocation

  • The Liquid Alternatives Allocation rose 3.97% during the quarter and was up 10.98% over the past twelve months.
  • The portfolio’s allocations to precious metals and alternative equity funds contributed the most to its positive returns while hedged equity holdings hurt performance during the quarter.
  • The Liquid Alternatives Allocation has outperformed its hedge fund benchmark over the last 1, 3 and 5 years.

iSectors Endowment Allocation

  • The Endowment Allocation gained 4.42% during the quarter and rose 9.70% in 2016.
  • Growth equity and precious metals funds contributed significantly to the positive performance. As in the Liquid Alternatives Allocation, hedged equity funds hurt the Allocation’s returns.
  • The Endowment Allocation, with over 50 ETFs, mutual funds, and stock holdings, can serve as a broadly diversified, long-term core holding for clients with a moderate risk tolerance.

iSectors Global Allocations

  • Quarterly returns for the Global Allocations ranged from +1.61% for Global Fixed Income to +5.69% for Global Equity. Over the past twelve months, Global Equity has been the best performing iSectors Allocation with a 13.91% increase.
  • Growth equity and emerging market stocks were the greatest positive contributors in the quarter for the Global Equity Allocation.
  • The Global Fixed Income Allocation was positively impacted by preferred stocks and international corporate bonds.
  • The Global Allocations are a series of diversified, risk-based models, with a fundamentally-weighted, equity dividend focus that can serve as an ideal core-menu of default investment options for a 401(k) plan.

iSectors Domestic Equity Allocation

  • The Domestic Equity Allocation was up 4.45% for the quarter. Over the past 12 months, the Domestic Equity Allocation rose 13.15%.
  • Large- and mid-cap growth funds outperformed during the quarter while small cap and high dividend funds detracted from performance.
  • Companies with long histories of consistently increasing dividend payments each consecutive year and less volatile stock prices are seeing demand by investors in these uncertain times. The fundamentally weighted, Domestic Equity Allocation focuses on these types of investments.  The portfolio’s current dividend yield is 2.18%.

iSectors Domestic Fixed Income Allocation

  • iSectors introduced the Domestic Fixed Income Allocation at the beginning of 2016’s fourth quarter.  The Allocation invests exclusively in US fixed income securities through a selection of investment grade and high yield corporate ETFs laddered up to five years in maturity. The Allocation attempts to benefit from ETFs’ low investment expenses, transparency, liquidity and diversification compared to most actively-managed mutual fund and bond portfolios.  The Allocation seeks to provide investors attractive current income while experiencing low interest rate volatility.
  • The Domestic Fixed Income Allocation was up 1.01% for the quarter.
  • Intermediate high yield funds outperformed during the quarter while short maturity funds detracted from performance.

iSectors Inflation Protection Allocation and iSectors Precious Metals Allocation

  • The Inflation Protection Allocation rose 3.78% while the Precious Metals Allocation gained 11.88% during the quarter. Precious Metals was the best iSectors Allocation in the quarter. Over the past twelve months, Inflation Protection was up 8.53% while Precious Metals rose 8.11%.  Both underperformed the Rogers Commodity Index benchmark during the past twelve months.
  • Inflation Protection and Precious Metals’ gold weightings were the primary contributor to their quarterly increases. Inflation Protection was helped by its master limited partnership holdings while Precious Metals benefitted from a strong rise in palladium prices.
  • Easy money policies currently being promoted by Central Banks around the world will have serious long-term inflationary effects on our economy. We believe inflation and higher interest rates will be the greatest risk factors investors will face over the next 20 years.  The recent recovery in oil prices may be an initial indication that this process has begun. Investors would be wise to place a portion of their portfolios in inflation-protected assets, particularly precious metals, to hedge against the possibility of inflation.

iSectors Capital Preservation Allocation

  • The Capital Preservation Allocation was up 0.50% for the quarter and increased by 2.82% over the past 12 months.  The model has outperformed the Barclays 1-3 Year Government Bond benchmark over the past 5 years.
  • The Capital Preservation Allocation has a yield to maturity of 2.0% with an effective duration of 0.8 years and an average investment grade rating.
  • The Capital Preservation Allocation offers a cash alternative with short durations to preserve investment principal in the case of an economic environment characterized by rising interest rates.  It also provides the potential for enhanced returns versus money market funds while maintaining liquidity in the current low interest rate environment.

iSectors Tactical Global Balanced Allocation

  • The Tactical Global Balanced Allocation rose 2.22% during the quarter.
  • International equity holdings contributed positively to results in the quarter. Broad commodity securities detracted from performance.
  • The Tactical Global Balanced Allocation reduced cash in the quarter by investing in emerging market equities. The Allocation is now 60% invested. The Allocation also has positions in US domestic and international developed market equities and broad commodity funds.

 All model returns presented gross of fees.  Index comparisons provided for information purposes. You cannot invest directly in an index, only in index funds that charge fees.

Contents above are not complete without disclosure below.

Disclosure

iSectors® is a series of proprietary asset allocation models and services. iSectors, LLC is an affiliate of Sumnicht & Associates, LLC (Sumnicht) and, as such, iSectors and Sumnicht share certain employees’ services.  iSectors became registered as an investment advisor in August 2008.  iSectors allocation models are only available through registered investment advisors.   iSectors® is a registered trademark of Sumnicht Holdings, LLC.

The contents of this presentation are for informational purposes only.  Content should not be construed as financial or investment advice on any subject matter.  This is neither an offer nor a solicitation to buy and/or sell securities. Information pertaining to iSectors’ advisory operations, services, and fees is set forth in its current disclosure statements (Form ADV, Part 2 Brochure), a copy of which is available upon request.

iSectors’ allocation models are not guaranteed and involve risk of loss. At any given point in time, the value of iSectors allocation model portfolios may be worth more or less than the amount invested.  Different types of investments and/or investment strategies involve varying levels of risk, and there can be no assurance that any specific investment or investment strategy (including the investments and/or investment strategies devised or undertaken by iSectors) will be either suitable or profitable for a client’s or prospective client’s portfolio.

Past performance may not be indicative of future results.  Therefore, no current or prospective client should assume that future performance will be profitable, or equal either the performance results reflected or any corresponding historical index.  Asset allocation and diversification concepts do not ensure a profit nor protect against loss in a declining market.

The historical benchmark index performance results are provided exclusively for comparison purposes to assist an individual client or prospective client in determining whether the performance of a specific investment meets, or continues to meet, investment objective(s). It should not be assumed that any account holdings will correspond directly to any comparative index. Index performance results do not reflect the impact of taxes.  Indexes are not available for direct investment.  Index performance results are compiled directly by each respective index and/or obtained by iSectors from other reliable sources, and have not been independently verified by iSectors.

iSectors models are based on index ETFs that can neither outperform nor underperform their index. We provide benchmark indexes that are well known for comparison purposes only.

Composite performance results reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other account earnings and do not reflect the impact of taxes.  Composite performance results provided are gross of all management, platform, advisory and custodial fees. iSectors investment allocation models are only available through registered investment advisors, who will charge an additional fee for their advisory services. For information about the fees that pertain to your clients’ accounts, check with your platform provider.  For reasons including platform provider and custodian utilized, as well as variances in portfolio account holdings, market fluctuation, the date on which a client engaged iSectors’ services, regular model rebalancing and/or updates, and timing of account contributions and withdrawals, the underlying fees of a specific client’s account may vary.  ERISA (group retirement) accounts may be subject to additional record keeping and/or administrative fees.

This information is marketed to investment professionals.  iSectors®, LLC has managed these 14 allocations since the firm’s inception in 2008.  Previously, Sumnicht & Associates, LLC (Sumnicht), an affiliated company, managed the allocations.  Sumnicht is a provider of investment management services for institutional, family office and individual clients.  Sumnicht claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). Sumnicht claims that the allocations are GIPS compliant since each allocation’s respective inception dates and have been GIPS verified from 1/1/2008 to 12/31/2015, as of the verification date of 7/12/2016.  The allocation composites include both institutional and individual client accounts whereby iSectors has sole portfolio discretion with investment objectives matching that of each specific allocation. Performance in this publication is shown in US dollars, gross of fees, including the reinvestment of dividends and do not reflect the impact of taxes.  Returns will be reduced by investment manager, platform, custodial, trading and advisory fees, if applicable.  Past performance is not indicative of future results.  To obtain a compliant presentation and a list and description of the firm’s composites, please contact Chuck Self, CIO, at (920) 257-5168 or chuck.self@isectors.com.

You should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this presentation serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from an investment professional.

This presentation has not been reviewed, submitted for review before, or otherwise approved by FINRA, the SEC or any state or provincial securities administrator. For more information email: scott.jones@isectors.com



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