Tactical asset allocation systems

Harlyn Research designs tactical asset allocation systems for professional investors. We work with institutions, wealth managers, and private banks to create high-performance, low-risk investment strategies. Our products cover asset allocation, equity region selection and sector rotation models, all of which can be tailored to a variety of benchmarks.

Probability based investment

We use a probability-based approach, which aims to deliver the best available return per unit of risk at each stage of the investment cycle. Maximising returns and minimising volatility have equal importance. All the models shown on this website are long-only and do not use leverage or hedging strategies. Our approach is simple to implement via futures or ETFs based on some of the most liquid markets in the world.

Superior return per unit of risk

Extensive back-testing shows that our approach generates superior long-run returns, in absolute and risk-adjusted terms. The approach is also designed to produce shorter and smaller drawdowns, when markets fall. Our primary focus is absolute total return, but the process can be adapted with the aim of beating an index in risk-adjusted terms.

How to use this web site

Visitors are welcome to browse the site and to read about our process and investment philosophy. In the right hand panel of this page you can see the five year history of the six flagship models published on this website, as well as an extract of our most recent blogs. This is just a fraction of the information available to registered users.

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Registration is free, and only takes a couple of minutes. Registered users can access the history of the models going back to 1996, complete with recommended weightings and key performance indicators. Users can access the archive of our sector rotation reports. Register now.

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Recent Blog Posts

  • No Case for Emerging Markets Yet
  • Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
  • Europe, apart from the UK, is producing better risk-adjusted returns than most emerging markets. These have been flattered by favourable FX movements, but there are good fundamental reasons for this as well. Unless the euro gets too strong, we don’t see why investors would want to change a winning formula, anytime soon.

  • Financial Rotation
  • Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
  • The new big idea is that Financials are responding to the prospect of a co-ordinated tightening of monetary policy which will steepen yield curves round the world. At a sector level, there is some superficial evidence to support this, but when we look are individual stocks, particularly in Europe, we see that there are other and better explanations.

  • Lucky Dip
  • Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
  • We agree with consensus that an equity correction could happen at any time. However, we will not be buying the dip in the US. We much prefer the Eurozone, which has a habit of late-cycle outperformance. We also prefer Japan, which has just hit a new 22-year high, to EM, which keeps failing at resistance just above current levels.

  • The Hurdle: Excess Volatility & how Central Banks Respond to it
  • Thursday, June 29th, 2017
  • We use excess volatility as the hurdle rate by which equities must beat bonds, in order to be risk-efficient. In the US, it has just hit a new low going back to 1995. In the Eurozone, it is at a new 20-year low. Risk conditions have never been more benign. This means that they are very likely to deteriorate, possibly quite soon. We also think that central banks want this to happen – but not too much.