Since 1950, the S&P 500 has compounded at an average rate of just 50 basis points (0.5%) over the May-September period. Granted, the season only represents averages and the "sell in May" strategy has many flaws, particularly after a large-scale correction occurs early in the period. Still, what are the probable outcomes after a 10%-11% year-to-date rally?
The best portfolio moves over the coming half-year period will involve both growth and income.
First, pursue reasonably priced ETFs with desirable monthly or quarterly income streams. Second, buy non-cyclical stock weakness on pullbacks of at least 5% to10%. (Note: Be sure that you understand the circumstances under which you might
protect against further downside
rather than doggedly hold onto the idea that the world's central banks have the cure-all to kill any bearish collapse in confidence.)
Income ETFs that one could use in the May-September period? I am fond of the low duration-oriented
Pimco 0-5 Year High Yield
with its annualized 5.1% distributed monthly.
I also believe that
Powershares Emerging Market Sovereign Debt
is destined to reclaim its price highs while simultaneously offering an admirable annualized 4.8% distributed monthly. Also, I see a probable 6% annualized out of
Market Vectors Preferred excl Financials
My criteria for equity ETFs is slightly different.
First, you should be looking to purchase on a legitimate pullback. Otherwise, you are risking the high likelihood of price depreciation in the early stages of your acquisition.
Next, if you are purchasing in the May-September cycle, it is preferable to concentrate on
assets less tethered to economic growth
. Some of my "faves" include
Global X Super Dividend
iShares Emerging Market Minimum Volatility
WisdomTree Equity Income
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