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Rotational combines component rotation and asset class rotation to hold a small basket of ETFs or ETNs, selecting the handful with the most momentum from a representative sampling of classes and components. Throughout this article, when I refer to momentum, I am referring to an exponentially smoothed measure based solely on price movement.

Information is as of the close on December 14, 2007.

Model Allocation

Based on beginning with a $100,000 portfolio at inception, these are the current weights and holdings. The initial target was a buy of 10% weights per position. See my previous post on this system. Sort is alpha order by designation and weights are rounded to the tenth of a percent.

Australia (EWA) - 9.6%
Brazil (EWZ) - 9.5%
Canadian Dollar (FXC) - 9.4%
China (FXI) - 9.8%
Hong Kong (EWH) - 10.2%
India (INP) - 11.9%
Materials, Gold Miners (GDX) - 9.5%
Materials, Steel (SLX) - 10.3%
Oil (USO) - 9.7%
Treasuries 20+ Yrs (TLT) - 9.7%
Cash - 0.6%


Based on beginning with a $100,000 portfolio at inception.

Equity: $100,281.47
Gain, Past 4 Weeks: +0.28%
Gain, Since Inception: +0.28%

The following ETFs in the Rotational portfolio went ex-dividend in the past four weeks: FXC and TLT. Both of these pay dividends on a monthly basis and not only went ex-div, but also paid in the prior period. Therefore their returns are included in this update.

Total dividends = $69.41 on the tracking portfolio. This amount is included in the returns shown above, and will remain in cash until needed for a new purchase. Note, commissions are expensed at $10.00 per trade when accounting for returns.

Changes To Model Allocation

Rotational screens for momentum inside a list of ETFs and ETNs by asset class category. Provided that momentum is positive, one issue from each asset class will be held, with the remainder of positions allocated to the issues with the most momentum, regardless of asset class.

If this system were to be initiated today, the target allocation would be a buy for 10% weight holdings of the ten issues shown boxed, in bold italics, in the table below. Note that five of the six asset classes have at least one bullish member, and the other five allocations this period go to international ETFs (four) and commodities (one).

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Shares of EWA, FXC, and GDX will be sold, market at open on Monday. The proceeds, plus all available cash, comprise 29.1% of portfolio weight, and will be split equally into allocations for new buys FXE, GLD, and RSX, based on closing prices on December 14. I will round down any fractions in the share calculation.


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