Sizemore Capital

Strategic Growth Allocation

  • Strategy ETFs / Funds
The Strategic Growth Allocation portfolio is Sizemore Capital’s answer to traditional asset allocation. It invests primarily using ETFs. The portfolio is appropriate for risk-averse investors that prefer a more passive "buy and hold" strategy that is consistent with their risk and return goals.  

My goal is to achieve returns comparable to the S&P 500 Index while potentially taking on less risk.
Unlike traditional asset allocation strategy, which generally shifts assets between "conventional" equities and bonds, I incorporate non-traditional asset classes including:

High-Dividend Stocks
Emerging Market Consumer Stocks
Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Bond Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

The portfolio is appropriate for long-term investors. It is rebalanced regularly as part of my efforts to manage risk. By rebalancing, I continually buy low and sell high—which I believe is the essence of successful investing.
Using historical returns data, I construct my Strategic Growth Allocation portfolio using asset classes I believe to be attractive long-term investments. The non-traditional asset classes I use tend to have relatively low correlations to the broader stock market as measured by the S&P 500 Index. I choose ETFs for inclusion in this portfolio that I personally believe correctly represent the asset classes covered.
The Strategic Growth Allocation portfolio has the following target weightings:

Large Cap U.S. Equities: 20%
High Dividend Equities: 15%
Euro / Pacific Equities: 15%
Inflation-Adjusted Bonds: 10%
Master Limited Partnerships: 10%
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs): 10%
Diversified Fixed Income ETFs: 7.5%
Emerging Market Equities: 5%
Small Cap U.S. Equities: 5%
Cash / Short-Term Fixed Income: 2.5%

Rebalancing occurs at least once a year and may happen more frequently, depending on market conditions.
Positions in the portfolio are usually closed for one of the following two reasons:

1. I have made a major strategic change to the allocation and have decided to eliminate an asset class.

2. I have identified a new security that is a better match for the exposure that I am seeking.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 8.9%

    Best quarter

  • -7.5%

    Worst quarter

    • 1% fee
    • $10,000 min
  • Required: Margin account

Performance detail

Performance Portfolio inception September 29, 2011

as of March 22, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date -1.3% -0.6%
Quarter-to-date 2.5% 4.9%
Last 365 Days 11.9% 14.6%
Since inception (Annualized) 8.9% 13.7%
2017 (YTD) 2.5% 4.9%
2016 12.5% 9.5%
2015 -8.3% -0.7%
2014 6.4% 11.4%
2013 17.5% 29.6%
2012 12.0% 13.4%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of March 22, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 9.7% 10.1%
Sharpe Ratio 1.15 1.36
Sortino Ratio 1.50 1.79
Maximum Drawdown -5.5% -5.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.2% -2.3%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -0.64
Alpha -0.6%
Beta 0.87
R-Squared 0.83


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Latest transactions Average trades per month 0.5

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
April 14, 2015 VIG Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF Buy $81.37
April 14, 2015 GVAL Cambria Global Value ETF Buy $20.89
April 14, 2015 ECON Columbia Emerging Markets Consumer ETF Sell $27.81
April 14, 2015 AMJ JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN Buy $44.00
April 14, 2015 FYLD Cambria Foreign Shareholder Yield ETF Buy $23.50
April 14, 2015 PID PowerShares International Dividend Achievers Portfolio Sell $18.21
March 03, 2014 ECON Columbia Emerging Markets Consumer ETF Buy $25.21
March 03, 2014 VNQ Vanguard REIT ETF Buy $70.32
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