The Kass Model Portfolio -- Updated!
This blog post originally appeared on RealMoney Silver on June 15 at 7:10 a.m. EDT.
In late April, I established the Kass Model Portfolio, intended to reflect the general construction of a model long-only portfolio with a six- to twelve-month investment horizon. My hypothetical portfolio depicts positioning relative to S&P 500 industry benchmarks and weightings.
As promised, today's opening missive updates a major change in the portfolio -- a near-doubling in the cash component of the portfolio from 15% to 29%. I am also reducing credit -- which has had a very strong rally in price -- from a 20% weighting down to a still-high 15%.
I view the investment mosaic as a scalene triangle (though in its complexity it is more like a quadrilateral pyramid!), with the angles of that triangle representing fundamentals (substantially the highest weighting), valuation (second-most-important weighting) and sentiment (the least important weighting).
Four factors suggest that the U.S. equity market is now vulnerable to a decline of 5% to 10%.
- The scope and duration of the recent market advance seem to have discounted a second-half production boom.
- An uneven and shallow economic recovery that could double-dip in early 2010, coincident with higher interest rates and a hike in individual tax rates, is becoming more likely.
- We're seeing some early signs of emerging technical deterioration.
- Bullish sentiment is rising.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV