The Milwaukee Company’s Smart-Beta Performance Report is a weekly review of the performance of ten indexes that are managed using “smart-beta” asset allocation theories.  This Report is for informational purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for independent research and personalized investment advice.


Comments on this week’s report:


  • With 2018 now in the rear view, Low Volatility equities, Momentum equities, and Passive 70/30 – Conservative portfolios finished on the podium (i.e. top 3 performers). Yet the first place Low Volatility equities was the only one that finished positive for the year.


  • Finishing the year off the podium, Sector Rotation, Value, and S&P 500 Equal Weighted finished at the bottom with the worst performance coming from Sector Rotation due to its large weighting to the industrial sector.


  • Due to the recent pull back in the stock market, 3-year and 5-year annualized returns were shaved down as much as 5% for all equity portfolios (i.e. all but “Passive”), causing the trailing 1-year return for the same portfolios to turn negative.


  • Month-to-date all portfolios are largely negative as concerns on economic global growth and trade weigh on investor confidence.  In the same time frame, “Passive” portfolios (which have exposure to bonds) have performed the best as investors flee to safer securities.


  • Over the trailing 3 months, less cyclical portfolios (i.e. Value, Low Volatility, High Dividend, and Quality) have outperformed the more cyclical portfolios (i.e. Sector Rotation, Momentum, and S&P 500 Equal weighted) as investors move their money to lower risk equities.


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