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This bi-weekly podcast provides the latest update and overview of our data-driven models:

  • the Asbury 6 for Risk Management
  • the Correction Protection Model (CPM) for Wealth Preservation
  • the SEAF (Sector ETF Asset Flows) Model for Sector Rotation
  • the CARP (Cross Asset Relative Performance) Model for Relative Performance
  • the US vs. The World Model for Global Asset Allocation

These models collectively determine two things: 1) when to be invested, and 2) where to be invested.

This Week’s Focus: The SEAF Model

This week, with the S&P 500  trading in a sideways, non-trending environment since December, our focus is on the “where to be invested” part of the equation.

The graphic below displays our SEAF (Sector ETF Asst Flows) Model updated through the end of last week.  The SEAF Model “follows the money” in and out of the 11 Sector SPDRs to determine where investor assets are going and where they are coming from in US stock market sectors.  

The premise of the model is to invest in the sectors that the money is going to and to avoid the sectors that the money is leaving.  The Ranking column sorts the entire table of 11 sector ETFs according to the sum of rankings in the Trading (weekly), Tactical (monthly), and Strategic (quarterly) categories, from largest inflows to largest outflows.  The lower the Ranking number, the stronger the trend of asset flows going into that sector.

The SEAF Model updated through May 4th 2023

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The model currently shows that the three best-ranked sectors are all defensive: Consumer Staples, Health Care, and Utilities.  Equally interesting is that the next-best three sectors are all typically offensive: Technology, Communication Services, and Consumer Discretionary. 

This underscores the indecision that we can see in the S&P 500 as investors are making aggressive bets in both the most Risk On and Risk Off parts of the market.  The silver lining in all of this is that these extended periods of indecision typically become the springboard for the next extended directional trend.

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