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Tuttle Tactical Management Weekly Market Commentary

Tuttle Tactical Management, LLC is an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this letter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from Tuttle ...

03/20/2013

The banking crisis in Cyprus dominated the news this week as the market sold off 3 days in a row after being up 10 days in a row.  The selloff was blamed on what was going on in Cyprus but that was not the real story.  Globally Cyprus is pretty insignificant, most people probably don’t even know where it is.  The real story is that markets just don’t go up for 10 straight days without needing a breather from time to time, Cyprus was just an excuse to take some profits.  We told a reporter last week that we expected the Fed meeting to be an excuse to take profits, Cyprus just beat Bernanke to the punch.

Equity Markets
Our momentum indicators are still extremely bullish on the stock market.  Our positive reading on stocks does not mean that the market is guaranteed to rise from here.  There are still many risks on the horizon (Poor corporate earnings, problems in Europe, slowing economy, partisan bickering in Washington, etc) that could cause a selloff. However, our research suggests that when our momentum indicators are bullish the rewards of being invested outweigh the risks.

In the US we are now heavily weighted towards small cap stocks as they are showing the strongest momentum..  Globally, we have sold our international developed stocks and shifted to US Stocks.  The three day selloff has brought the market closer to equilibrium.  We have been buying Small Cap Stocks and US Dividend Paying stocks into the recent weakness.

Equity Matrix

Time Frame

Market Condition

TTM Positioning

Short Term

Slightly Overbought

50% Cash

50% Small Cap & US Dividend Stocks

Intermediate Term

Uptrend

Fully Invested- S&P 500 & Small Cap

Fixed Income Markets
Our momentum indicators show all areas of the bond market are weakening.  High yield bonds are still the only area we see with any momentum as they can tend to trade more like stocks than bonds at times.

We continue to hold our counter trend position in long term Treasuries.  We understand that over the intermediate and long term Treasuries are probably the worst bet you can make, but over the short term they are looking oversold and have provided protection during selloffs.

Fixed Income Matrix

Time Frame

Market Condition

TTM Positioning

Short Term

Oversold

100% Invested in Treasury Bonds

Intermediate Term

Most markets in a downtrend

1/4 Invested in High Yield Bonds

Top Holdings

1. Cash

2. Small Cap Stocks

3. S&P 500

4. Dividend Paying Stocks

 

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