Portfolio Update – April 2022

Market update of April 2022 includes a continuing emphasis on interest rate risk on the back of rising inflation, albeit recession fears raise questions of the timing of rate hikes and the impact on the economy. We'll analyze what the indicators tell.

As a result of the current inflationary environment, strongest portfolio performers include commodities, gold and VIX in April, but much of the profits were offset by losses in bonds. Portfolio overall remained stable.

In my strategy, a couple of tweaks have been implemented last month: i) tactical tilt toward inflation-linked bonds from nominal bonds, and ii) introduction of leverage through margin. Read more about these changes in this month's post.

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eToro Post – Different Types of Inflation and Assets That Hedge Against Each

Surely you have not missed the talks about inflation the past year. Even from the Fed and Yellen, the sentiment about inflation has changed from “not a problem” to “transitory” to “longer than first expected” and now to “good for the economy”.

While the price of risk assets, such as stocks, may also inflate due to the rise in inflation, they are not rising as much in real terms.

Rising inflation, and especially inflation that is higher than expected, is harmful to most common portfolios that comprise of stocks, or a combination of the two like the 60/40 Portfolio. Both stock and bonds are assets that perform well in times of low or decreasing inflation, and will lag in times when inflation rises.

It is thus vital to have a portfolio which also includes inflation hedges to mitigate the risk of unexpected inflation prints.

In this post, we will be looking at different types of inflation - as inflation can manifest in different ways - and how you can protect your wealth against each of them with different assets.

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Portfolio Update – February 2022

This month, I will be trying a slightly changed format for this monthly update post.

Previously, I have combined a deep dive/insights text with an update of my portfolio performance, but I have been considering changing things up a bit.

Instead, I will today be first focusing only on a market update for the past month, together with looking a trends in economic growth and inflation (remember, the four regimes that the All Seasons Portfolio strategy is designed to fend off), before presenting my portfolio update on the back of it.

In February 2022, as well see from the indicators, we remain in an inflationary boom - for now - but it seems like stagflation could be on the horizon as the growth rate is falling.

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eToro Post – Systematic Trading and Strategic Rebalancing of Commodities

This pot was originally shared on my eToro feed on 13 March 2022. Make sure to follow me there as well, and did you know that you can copy my trading there for free? Create an account today, copy my portfolio by searching for user "Allseasonsport" to automatically duplicate my All Seasons Portfolio strategy effortlessly.

The benefit of a systematic strategy - like the one I run here on eToro - rather than a discretionary strategy is that you don't get in your own way when following rules that are proven to work.

Hence, by taking a trader/person with cognitive biases out of the equation, you increase the probability of success by avoiding mistakes caused by limits of the human brain.

It is intuitively hard to buy assets that are trending, as it feels more expensive by the day when the price goes up, and you tell yourself you will "buy the dip".

The problem is that when that dip occurs, the trend may be broken and the asset is no longer an attractive buy. That is when our cognitive biases hinder us from success.

When we go against rules, we tend to make mistakes, as the rules were set in place for a reason.

Due to these rules, I will be strategically rebalancing Commodities and Long-Term Treasury Bonds in my eToro portfolio as they have exceeded their rebalancing spans. Read more about my reasoning here.

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Portfolio Update – January 2022 – Interest Rate Risk

January 2022 was a shaky month for capital markets, and this turmoil has continued into February as well.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s and a severe violation of a free nation’s sovereignty has certainly caused much volatility on the markets. But the fact is that while conflict is leading to a changed world with a new world order, it is actually not the sole culprit for the turbulence we have seen at late.

Sure, the was has a great impact on commodity prices (more on that later), as, firstly, the sanctions limiting trading with Russian oil, takes a vast amount of barrels of oil off the market on a daily basis, which certainly will drive up prices.

But the fact is that the main driver of asset prices is not the war in Ukraine, but still the same story as has been told since December 2021, namely inflation and expected interest rate hikes.

Interest rate risk is an important type of risk to be aware of as an investor, as it affects stocks and bonds indiscriminately. That is especially harmful for investors only investing in stocks or using a "balanced" stock-bond portfolio.

We will therefore be taking a closer look at what it is and whether there is anything we can do as investors to protect our wealth and portfolios against it.

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eToro Post – Prediction vs. Preparation

Is a good investment outcome always a sign of a great investment decision?

Intuitively, one could believe so, but more often than you might believe, that is actually not the case.

The past decade has favored stocks massively, meaning that investors who ignored diversified investment strategies and who applied poor risk management, have actually benefitted, while prudent investors have seen their neighbors get richer on meme stocks, cryptos and ARKK ETFs.

But are all these stock investors geniuses for achieving such a great outcome? Hardly. Such a belief among these investors – that they are superior investors – is just a form of outcome bias or “resulting” as described by Annie Dike in her book “Thinking In Bets”.

In short, this means that not all decisions with good results are necessarily good decisions.

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