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More Aggressive Pursuit of the Credit Premium in SACEVS?

October 31, 2022 • Posted in Bonds, Strategic Allocation

Noting that iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) and iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) exhibit a moderately positive return correlation, a subscriber asked about substituting Vanguard High-Yield Corporate Fund Investor Shares (VWEHX) for LQD in the Simple Asset Class ETF Value Strategy (SACEVS) to exploit undervaluation of the credit risk premium. SACEVS seeks diversification across a small set of asset class exchanged-traded funds (ETF), plus a monthly tactical edge from potential undervaluation of three risk premiums:

  1. Term – monthly difference between the 10-year Constant Maturity U.S. Treasury note (T-note) yield and the 3-month Constant Maturity U.S. Treasury bill (T-bill) yield.
  2. Credit – monthly difference between the Moody’s Seasoned Baa Corporate Bonds yield and the T-note yield.
  3. Equity – monthly difference between S&P 500 operating earnings yield and the T-note yield.

To investigate, we compare performances of SACEVS Best Value and SACEVS Weighted portfolios with either VWEHX or LQD as the credit risk asset. Using monthly total returns for SACEVS assets during July 2002 through September 2022, we find that:


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