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Tornadoes in Tulsa: Utilizing Relative Rotation Graphs (RRGs) in Portfolio Administration


Let me preface this piece with a warning: This isn’t a broad market replace, an earnings season knowledge regurgitation, or a Federal Reserve assembly autopsy. It’s meant to be a glance underneath the hood at how we handle our mannequin portfolios. As Daniel Ocean stated, “If that doesn’t sound like your specific model of vodka, protected journey (till subsequent put up!) and no arduous emotions!” 


Relative Rotation Graphs, or RRGs, are an amazing software that our crew makes use of to evaluate the relative power of particular person shares, sectors and asset lessons.

As we’ve written earlier than, relative power is an investing idea that has been closely researched and is likely one of the main refutations of the Environment friendly Market Speculation. Should you needed to distill relative power all the way down to a tagline, it’s this: do extra of what’s working, and fewer of what’s not.

However simply studying about relative power may cause glazed eyes in even the steeliest of funding professionals.

With RRGs, we’re capable of visually dissect these relationships in a short time, and over any time-frame of our selecting.

To assemble an RRG, an asset is “comped” (in contrast) in opposition to a benchmark and is classed into one among 4 classes, or quadrants, based mostly on the relative power relationship and—this is essential—the momentum of that relationship. Moreover: the additional away from the origin (useless heart) of the RRG plot, the stronger the connection (i.e. you may lag by slightly or lead by rather a lot).

As you learn on, keep in mind that relative power, by definition, doesn’t indicate something about absolute funding efficiency. If inventory A goes down 20% in a month and inventory B goes down 10%, the latter is alleged to have constructive relative power, although absolute efficiency is destructive.

  • BLUE: Enhancing (Adverse relative power, with constructive relative power momentum);
  • GREEN: Main (Constructive relative power, with constructive relative power momentum);
  • YELLOW: Weakening (Constructive relative power, with destructive relative power momentum);
  • RED: Lagging (Adverse relative power, with destructive relative power momentum);

As knowledge factors are accrued and plotted (every day, weekly, month-to-month, yearly relative returns), you possibly can see how relationships transfer over time. Additional, these relative power calculations needn’t be seen as static knowledge factors. We will additionally view the trajectory of an asset, and thru some fundamental visible rendering, we are able to additionally witness its evolution by time. The timeframe chosen will tremendously impression the visible rendering of the connection. That means, the motion of an asset will look very completely different utilizing a every day time-frame versus a yearly time-frame. A day dealer would use this software very in another way than a place dealer. (Clearly, you’ll classify Monument into the latter.) 

Should you take a look at sufficient of those interactive plots – particularly with particular person S&P sectors on shorter (every day) time frames – you’ll discover that they have an inclination to maneuver in a clockwise method by the varied quadrants. Although there are at all times exceptions. A meteorological comparability is likely to be the trail of thunderstorms within the Midwest. Rising up, I at all times anticipated storms in Tulsa to strategy us from southwest to northeast. However we at all times knew that storms may hit us from the northwest, and on a uncommon event, we’d get them from a very sudden course (the uncommon southeast to northwest path).

Bringing it again into funding parlance, you may argue that RRGs visually plot cycles, that are at all times and all over the place current over a number of time frames. I’ve truly simply laid out the bottom case for why lecturers and practitioners are so desirous about cycle idea: they’re pervasive in each nature and in markets. Should you actually need to get “wonkish,” take a look at Fibonacci retracement.

In the long run, I actually benefit from the RRG software as a result of it’s one other approach to visually synthesize and evaluate parts of different mannequin portfolios we use at Monument. Particularly, our Versatile Asset Allocation (FAA) technique, which is closely reliant on stock-to-bond relative power, and our Core ETF mannequin, which employs a sector rotation sleeve.

Let’s hit on the Versatile Asset Allocation (FAA) angle first.

The animation beneath illustrates the relative power of world shares (as represented by the $ACWI ETF) to the bond market (as represented by the $AGG ETF). We’re weekly relative returns, going again over the past 12 months, with the RRG tail representing the final ten knowledge factors. You’ll be able to clearly see world shares very clearly residing within the crimson Lagging quadrant as we hovered close to the lows in October of 2022, however very decisively altering trajectory close to the flip of the 12 months. We’ve spent most of 2023 with shares residing within the Enhancing and Main quadrants, with some early-year zig zagging between the Main and Weakening zones.

As a reminder, this doesn’t essentially say something explicitly about absolute returns, solely how shares are performing compared to bonds.

This more-or-less suits with the relative power knowledge within the Versatile Asset Allocation mannequin, which seems to be at a longer-term shifting common of the stock-to-bond relative power relationship. The $ACWI RRG plot may presently sit (albeit shallowly) within the Weakening quadrant, however the period of time spent within the Main quadrant, in addition to the magnitude of the relative power relationship whereas residing in that zone, presently mimics our risk-on FAA sign. The place we go for the upcoming October rebalance is anyone’s guess, however except we see a big trajectory shift between now and the tip of the month (bonds considerably outperforming shares), I’d wager we keep the course with the present sign.

stock-to-bond relative strength relationship

Now, let’s check out Core ETF

Now, let’s view this by the lens of the Core ETF Mannequin, which makes use of a “dynamic” sector rotation sleeve to enrich the low price “buy-and-hold” core.

What we’re beneath are the 11 S&P 500 sectors, in contrast to not bonds as within the earlier instance, however to cap-weighted S&P 500. That is the place I’d say this piece is related for passive buyers holding a broad-based S&P 500 fund. You may know the market is up or down, however have you learnt why? Which pistons are presently shifting the automobile ahead or not less than holding it in gear?

S&P 500 sectors, compared to cap-weighted S&P 500.

Some observations from the sector rotation RRG embody the next:

  • The prolonged, demonstrable power of each Expertise ($XLK) and Communications ($XLC), which actually picked up steam coincident with the regional banking disaster in February of this 12 months. That is what has triggered some to invest that Tech has turn into a de facto “flight to security” sector.
  • As we all know, Expertise is a big part within the cap-weighted S&P 500, so any power in that sector will amplify the returns of the group.
  • The newer emergence of Vitality ($XLE) since July/August, which not too long ago displaced Client Staples ($XLP) in our sector rotation sleeve of the Core ETF Mannequin.
  • different particular person inventory fashions we handle, the Vitality theme has been pervasive, paving the best way for some latest entrants into each the Dividend ($PSX, Phillips 66) and Progress ($APA, APA Corp) fashions.

We hope this put up was instructive. When you’ve got any questions, please be at liberty to achieve out. In any other case, have an exquisite weekend.

~ Erin

*Should you’re desirous about studying extra about RRGs, take a look at this hyperlink.
*We entry RRGs by Optuma.

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