Co-Founders' Monthly Note For Financial Advisors

May 2024:

Don’t Underestimate the Value Of ‘Wait & See’

The S&P 500 looks like it will close down in April. The ride has been particularly volatile, with the S&P at one point down 5.5% as of April 19.

Spoiler alert: we are not reducing U.S. equity exposure heading into May. As intermediate- to long-term trend followers, we design strategies that generally keep us invested during times like this, which happen with more regularity than one might realize. We intend to (hopefully) ride out what we believe may be, over the long term, immaterial downside volatility.

While passive asset managers might make a similar argument about not getting anxious when routine declines happen, we differ from the passive crowd because we absolutely intend to act when there are material downtrends. We purposefully designed the timeframes utilized by our systematic investing process to ignore noise but react when there’s meaningful evidence of a trend change. We believe you need a time-tested, repeatable mechanism to alert you to the difference, which we detailed in our blog, “The Anatomy of a Bear Market.”

In this month’s Co-Founders’ Note, we put the S&P 500’s performance in greater context, specifically relating to monthly declines of 5% or more. Additionally, we discuss how one of the biggest benefits of trend following is its ability to influence investor behavior by applying a disciplined, repeatable process that can help investors stay rational during unsettling times. In our view, this is the key to long-term compounding and helps financial advisors and their clients achieve their financial goals.

But first, here’s a summary of our take on what transpired in the markets in April.

This Month's Note

Asset Allocation Monthly Update

Asset allocation changes for Blueprint's global risk-managed portfolios

ESG Monthly Summary

Asset allocation changes for the risk-managed Blueprint U.S. ESG Strategy

Archive: Co-Founders' Notes

April 2024

Shouldn’t We Be Enjoying this Ride?

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March 2024

Mistakes of Omission Are More Costly Than Bad Investments

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February 2024

The Impact of Short Term, Incremental Improvements On Long-Term Success

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January 2024

Oh Come, All Ye 2024 Predictions!

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