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

  • China Out of Sync
  • Thursday, January 18th, 2018
  • What do they know that we don’t? Our equity sector models suggest that Chinese investors are much more defensive and less pro-cyclical than investors in every other region. This is odd considering that China is forecast to be the largest single contributor to global growth. The obvious, but not the only possible, explanation is that Chinese investors don’t share this optimism.

  • The Great Volatility Slide is Over
  • Thursday, January 11th, 2018
  • We think our volatility index has stopped falling, though we can’t certain just yet. Once this has happened, it will probably take 10-11 months for it to return to its median level, based on past experience. All other things being equal, median volatility will require most investors to have a benchmark weight in equities, as opposed to their current overweight.

  • Final Thoughts & First Decisions
  • Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
  • The agenda for January starts to take shape. It’s too late to make any significant adjustments to the portfolio this year, but there are several themes which may have matured sufficiently to be immediately actionable when markets restart in January. On the downside, we may have to cut exposure to China and to the Technology sector in the US, and globally. On the upside, there may be an opportunity in UK equities and certain defensive sectors like Staples and Telecom.

  • Do They Know It’s Christmas
  • Thursday, December 7th, 2017
  • We remain concerned about the bubble in the Chinese Technology sector leading to a global equity correction. This week we examine the seasonality of Chinese equity returns to see if we can get any clues on timing. We find that the recent sell-off is in line with normal seasonal patterns and that the moment of greatest risk appears to be mid-February to early April or early June to mid-July, assuming a sell-off starts in China, not elsewhere.