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

  • International Bears
  • Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
  • After last week’s note about excess volatility in the US, we look at the experience of other developed markets in 2000, 2007 and 2015. In a majority of occasions, material increases in excess volatility signalled the onset of a correction and/or the transformation to a full-scale bear market. There are no such signals at the current time, which we regard as comforting, though not conclusive, evidence in favour of our equity overweight.

  • A Bolt from the Blue
  • Thursday, October 12th, 2017
  • Provided that that causes of the next bear market in US equities originate in the US, investors should have time to adjust their asset allocation before the correction turns into a full-scale bear market. The necessary rise in excess volatility (equities minus bonds) takes several months and cannot happen without someone noticing.

  • Actions Speak Louder than Words
  • Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
  • Across a broad spread of asset classes and strategies, investors have responded to recent dollar strength by putting on a series of trades which suggest they expect it to continue. This doesn’t prove that it will, but the market reaction has been consistent and immediate.

  • Walking, Not Charging
  • Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
  • If we understand Janet Yellen correctly, there are no constraints in the real economy which critically affect the speed at which US interest rates can rise. But there must be a critical constraint, and we believe it is the requirement not to upset the low volatility environment in US equities. If we are right, the Fed wants an environment where single digit returns from equity are seen as risk-efficient, and a correction does not turn into a bear market. If they manage this, the bull market can carry on, but it will be walking not charging.