Tactical Strategies

Tactical asset allocation is an active management portfolio strategy

What is tactical money management?

Tactical asset allocation is an active management portfolio strategy that shifts the percentage of assets held in various categories to take advantage of market pricing anomalies or strong market sectors. This strategy allows portfolio managers to create extra value by taking advantage of certain situations in the marketplace (definition from Investopedia).

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POM Planning’s Tactical Strategies

Currently, POM Planning uses four 3rd party managers who provide multiple tactical strategies to our core portfolios. In addition to strategies provided by our four core managers, we also utilize three other tactical strategies designed for smaller accounts and tactical AI (Artificial Intelligence).

Tactical Strategy #1

Investment Philosophy—this strategy analyzes and recognizes technical patterns in the market to help deliver long-term, repeatable results. We use quantitative analysis to remove emotion from our decision-making. A disciplined methodology underlies everything this manager does. The model has been built over 18 years, and is based on a continuous process of design, test, validate, and repeat.

Strategy Objective—this strategy aims to capture 85% of the market’s upside, while limiting our losses to 50% of its downside, so that over the long-term, the goal is to grow money at 35% more than a buy & hold strategy.

Tactical Strategy #2

Investment Philosophy—this strategy utilizes a tactical investment approach that adapts to the current market environment with the goal of delivering above-market, risk-adjusted returns with lower drawdowns than market indices like the S&P 500. Our strategies seek to participate in up markets while protecting capital during down markets. We rely on our proprietary quantitative models to remove human emotions from the investment process and help us objectively navigate the global financial markets.

Strategy Objective—this strategy seeks to outperform the S&P 500 during bull and bear markets. This is an Individual stock strategy that allocates to 20 stocks when both of our trend models (Alpha and Omega) are positive. There is 50% exposure to stocks when one model is positive and 0% exposure when both models are negative. There are no fixed allocations. The strategy can allocate 100% to stocks and 100% to bonds and T-Bills.

Tactical Strategy #3

This strategy uses a combination of technical and fundamental analysis. This strategy seeks to identify alpha opportunities through event-driven, opportunistic and/or intrinsic value principles and blends bottom-up research with top-down considerations. It looks for companies that have had strong historical performance and continue to have prospects for sustainable performance (momentum) in several key value drivers, i.e., return on invested capital, growth, cash flows, and valuations. In addition to fundamental analysis, technical analysis is used to help identify price momentum as well as aid in execution decisions.

At any given time, the active equity strategy may contain stocks in various sectors or it may contain concentrated sector allocations as well as various or concentrated market capitalizations. For small-cap companies, the discount from the intrinsic value we look for is larger than the discount for mid-cap companies, and the mid-cap category requires a higher discount than the large-cap companies.

To aid in the exit strategy of positions, we have several sell disciplines, some of which are soft rules and others are hard rules. The following are some reasons we may want to exit a securities position:

-Deteriorating fundamentals
-Price has risen well above its intrinsic value
-The position has become overweighted relative to the other positions
-Better investment opportunities have been identified
-A mistake was made in the original equity selection
-A stop-loss or trailing stop-trigger was executed

Tactical Strategy #4

This strategy is a tactical bond strategy that uses a trend-following model that monitors the day-to-day price changes in the bond market. Multiple bond markets are observed, including high yield bonds, emerging market debt, muni bonds and multi-sector bonds. Risk management is a primary concern, allowing us to participate in a rising market but limiting our downside exposure. On average, the model will generate 4 to 8 trades a year. The model can be fully invested in bonds or 100% in cash equivalents or any combination thereof. The model can utilize both mutual funds and ETFs.

More information?

If you would like to talk with our firm to learn more about the tactical strategies we use or about our overall planning philosophy/services, simply email info@provenmarketingstrategies.net or give us a call at (888) 892-9882. We’d be happy to schedule a time for a future call, Zoom-type or in-person meeting.

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POM Team

Joe Maas is the Chief Investment Officer and lead portfolio manager for Synergy Financial Management LLC (SFM). A highly trained financial analyst, Joe is responsible for analyzing current and potential investments for the firm through deep fundamental analysis, researching industry trends, speaking to industry experts, and through a thorough understanding and application of quantitative methods and technical analysis. Mr. Maas is very unique because he is certified in so many areas of expertise. He has earned certificates from nine prestigious organizations, and, with over two decades of financial industry experience, his unique core specialty is providing comprehensive investment management services for individual investors, business owners, and financial advisors.

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