May was a positive month for U.S. equities as markets continued to see gains. Though, there continues to be a disconnect between market fundamentals and returns as economic data is at historically bad levels investors appear to have put their faith in the Federal Reserve as the Fed has openly said it will continue to support the economy if need be. Market breadth is showing signs of strength as small-cap and mid-cap companies outperformed the S&P 500 Index in the second half of May. For the month of May the S&P 500 Index rallied 4.76%, the NASDAQ Composite Index gained 6.90% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index returned 4.66%. International markets were positive this month as the MSCI Emerging Net Total Return Index rose 0.77% and the MSCI EAFE Net Total Return Index increased 4.35%.
The Tactical Defensive Fund began May with a 50% equity and 50% defensive allocation with the short-term Dynamic Trend model being fully invested and the long-term Cyclical Trend model being fully defensive. The first half of May was a choppy market environment as the S&P 500 Index did not break out of its range bound resistance until the last half of the month. For much of the month, the short-term Dynamic Trend model stayed fully invested. It took a couple weeks for the Cyclical Trend model to build up some strength but by May 26, the long-term model flipped on to half invested. This put the total Fund at 75% equity and 25% fixed income to close out the month.
The Stadion Tactical Defensive Fund is a conservative equity fund seeking to participate in expanding market cycles and retains the ability to become 100% defensive if conditions deteriorate. Over a full market cycle, the Stadion Tactical Defensive Fund tends to have a conservative profile that combines two elements of trend following: a focus on longer-term cyclical trends (the core portfolio) and the balance of risk-mitigation and returns-seeking among shorter to intermediate trends (the satellite portfolio). The goal of these collaborative strategies is capital appreciation as measured across full market cycles.
In May, the Tactical Defensive Fund’s I-share returned 0.63% versus its benchmark of the Morningstar Moderate Target Risk Index that returned 3.20%.
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The S&P 500 Index is the Standard & Poor’s Composite Index of 500 stocks and is a widely recognized, unmanaged index of common stock prices.
The NASDAQ Composite is a stock market index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and it is highly followed in the U.S. as an indicator of the performance of stocks of technology companies and growth companies.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Net Total Return Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets.
The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is an unmanaged free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the US & Canada.
The Morningstar Target Risk Index family is designed to meet the needs of investors who would like to maintain a target level of equity exposure through a portfolio diversified across equities, bonds and inflation-hedged instruments. The Morningstar Moderate Target Risk Index seeks approximately 60% global equity exposure.
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