posted on 20 March 2017
The Real 401k Plan Manager - A Conservative Strategy For Long-Term Investors
Fed Hikes Rates, No What?
As I have been writing over the last few weeks, the 401k model needs to be adjusted up to 100% equity allocation. We still have a couple of the seasonally strong months of the year left ahead of us, and as noted above, the bullish trend remains intact.
Given the current consolidation in the market over the last couple of weeks, and the current risk/reward setup as noted above, the incremental increase in exposure simply has not been justifiable given the limitations that exist in 401k plans. However, we may be nearing an opportunity to get the allocation realigned with the underlying signals soon and was something I noted last week:
As noted in the chart above, the current extension above the moving average must be corrected to justify an increase in equity risk currently.
I did note last week the run-up in interest rates HAD put bonds into a favorable position to add exposure in portfolios. This suggestion remains this week as well that if you are underweight the currently targeted allocation weight in bonds, exposure can be increased back to target levels.
If the current correction continues and resolves the overbought, extended and excessively bullish backdrop, I WILL increase the allocation model to 100%. For now, we will wait and let the markets tell us what it wants to do next.
If you need help after reading the alert; don’t hesitate to contact me.
Current 401-k Allocation Model
The 401k plan allocation plan below follows the K.I.S.S. principal. By keeping the allocation extremely simplified it allows for better control of the allocation and a closer tracking to the benchmark objective over time. (If you want to make it more complicated you can, however, statistics show that simply adding more funds does not increase performance to any great degree.)
401k Choice Matching List
The list below shows sample 401k plan funds for each major category. In reality, the majority of funds all track their indices fairly closely. Therefore, if you don’t see your exact fund listed, look for a fund that is similar in nature.
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