Global asset allocators are a net 61% overweight equities, according to the latest read from BAML, the highest amount since early 2011 and the second-strongest response in the report's history. Overlooked apparently, are valuations, with a net 21% of fund managers viewing stocks as overvalued, the highest read since 2000.
"Improving investor sentiment on global growth, inflation, equities and risk-taking are all testament to a potential macro normalization in the second half," says BAML Chief Investment Strategist Michael Hartnett. "This could eventually feed into a normalization of rates. If growth does pick up, volatility will rise too."
You need to look at more than the size of flows, says Deutsche's Sebastian Mercado, who instead relies on what he calls "flow trend formation." For example, noting that ETFs attracted $25B in a month is of little use, but a pattern of $1B of inflows every day for a month is a sign of a demand shift for that asset class.
The bank is now publishing a Tactical Asset Allocation Relative Strength Signal report, and the latest one sees strong equity flows across all regions, particularly Europe and North America, more particularly still in periphery states like Spain (EWP) and Italy (EWI). Treasury and corporate bond flows are negative and the rally in gold has failed to attract much in the way of inflows into those ETFs.
State Street Global Advisors, the industry giant behind popular SPDR funds such as SPY and GLD, will laund the SPDR MFS Systematic Core Equity ETF (SYE), Growth Equity ETF (SYG), and Value Equity ETF (SYV) on January 9th.
Each employing different size and style specific strategies, these new funds will appeal to investors looking for capital appreciation and agility in the markets.
The addition of 3 active ETFs is a large step for State Street, as there are currently only 5 ETFs in their portfolio that employ an active strategy: GAL, RLY, INKM, ULST, SRLN
These new additions to Charles Schwab's (SCHW) commission free resource platform brings the total funds offered up to 121 and expands the range of available asset categories to include global multi-asset income, long-term corporate bonds, fundamentally weighted indexes, and asset allocation ETFs.
Vice President of ETF platform management, Beth Flynn, stated “we’re pleased to be adding to the range of funds and asset categories that we can offer commission-free, and continue to believe that this is just the beginning.”
The SPDR® SSgA Global Allocation ETF seeks to provide capital appreciation. The Fund invests in exchange traded funds registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, that seek to track the performance of a market index; exchange traded commodity trusts; and exchange traded notes. The Portfolio may invest in certain ETPs that pay fees to the Adviser and its affiliates for management, marketing or other services.
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