AGF U.S. Sector Class

By: • February 28, 2018 • Product Insight

Risk Regime - Elevated

The Fund’s Market Risk model, which typically generates signals that have historically been implemented using a three step cash allocation approach, has been enhanced to a six step cash allocation approach, with each risk regime (except Calm) having the following cash allocation increments:

Market Risk Regime Cash Increments 
Calm 0%
Elevated 12.5% or 25%
High 37.5% or 50%
Extreme 75% or 100%

Current Guidance: As of May 31st, 2019, the Market Risk model resided in the Elevated risk regime while the U.S. market volatility increased during the month of May from the previous month (please see VIX chart below).

At the beginning of May, a disruptive tweet by Trump announcing plans to raise tariffs on China brought investors back to the reality that US-China trade issue remains unresolved. Instead of approaching a widely anticipated/wished deal, the sudden deterioration in negotiations shocked the market, which quickly turned into risk-off mode. The Fund’s cash position has effectively absorbed the impact and protected the Fund from downside risk.


Source: Bloomberg, as of May 31, 2019

The Fund’s cash allocation remained at 25% during May after the Fund increased its cash allocation from 12.5% to 25% in January due to increasing downside risk driven by deteriorating macro indicators.

Risk Regime Changes - Timeline us-sector-class

Current Currency Hedge

The 25% hedge position remained in place during May which was initiated in early March responding to the rapid depreciation of CAD. During May, CAD moved mostly in the narrow range between 74 and 74.6 USD cents. Oil price rolled over and dropped at the second half of the month, however the impact on CAD was minor.

Sector Class Hedge Level

Source: Bloomberg and AGF Investment Operations, as of Mar 31, 2019

Current Positioning & Sector Allocation Update

Asset Class % Allocation 
Equities 76%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 24%

Source: AGF Investment Operations, as of May 31, 2019


The sector positions remained unchanged since January. In the environment where investors seek safety amid geopolitical and economic uncertainties, defensive sectors had outperformed cyclical ones. The Fund’s overweights in Real Estate and underweights in Energy and Tech have contributed to the outperformance of allocation relative to S&P500.
U.S Sector Rotation Model Active Weights vs. S&P 500 (Net of Cash) Sector Class Hedge Level

Source: HighStreet Asset Management, as of May 31, 2019

AGFiQ U.S. Sector Class Sector ETF Weights

ETF Name Weight
(Jan. 31, 2018)
 (Feb. 28, 2018)
S&P 500 Weight
(Jan. 31, 2018)
Active Weight
vs. S&P 500
Communication Services Select Sector SPDR 3.4% 3.4% 10.4% -7.0%
Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR 7.9% 7.7% 10.2% -2.5%
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR 5.5% 5.6% 7.4% -1.8%
Energy Select Sector SPDR 0.7% 0.6% 4.9% -4.3%
Financial Select Sector SPDR 12.3% 12.1% 13.2% -1.1%
Real Estate Select Sector SPDR 4.2% 4.5% 3.2% 1.3%
Health Care Select Sector SPDR 10.4% 10.7% 14.2% -3.5%
Industrial Select Sector SPDR 11.7% 11.4% 9.3% 2.1%
Technology Select Sector SPDR 14.1% 13.6% 21.1% -7.6%
Materials Select Sector SPDR 5.9% 5.7% 2.6% 3.1%
Utilities Select Sector SPDR 0.8% 0.8% 3.4% -2.6%
SPDR Barclays Capital 1-3 Month T-Bill 22.3% 23.5% 0.0% 23.5%

Source: AGF Investment Operations, as of May 31, 2019

AGFiQ U.S. Sector Class Sector Positioning US Sector Class 6

Source: AGF Investment Operations, as of May 31, 2019


Name 1 Mo 3 Mo YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr Since PSD* Std Dev 1 Yr Std Dev 3 Yr Std Dev 5 Yr Std Dev Since PSD*
AGFiQ US Sector Class Series MF -4.3 1.2 5.8 5.1 10.2 7.9 9.9 11.7 9.2 9.1 8.9
AGFiQ US Sector Class Series F -4.2 1.5 6.3 6.4 11.5 9.1 11.2 11.7 9.2 9.1 8.9
S&P 500 Net Return Index CAD -5.6 1.9 9.3 7.5 12.2 13.9 16.1 14.6 10.7 11.1 10.7
Canada Fund US Equity Category -5.4 0.8 9.1 4.8 10.2 10.9 12.7 15.3 11.4 11.9 10.2

Source: AGF Operations, Morningstar Direct, as of May 31, 2019
* Performance start date (PSD): August 19, 2013.

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Publication date: June 14, 2019

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