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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Your State of the Union

By Justin J. Kumar

The US State of the Union address is a tradition that comes from a section written in the US Constitution for the President to update Congress on the nation’s condition and recommend any initiatives that he deems valuable and essential. We recently heard about how the government and the economy have been performing and some ideas on how to handle the challenges going forward.

Have you taken the time with your spouse, children, loved ones, business partners, or advisors to go over your plans and how you will handle the uncertainties that tomorrow brings? Here are four questions to ask:           

1) Are we prepared for the challenges ahead? Many people were hesitant to get involved in the markets due to haunting memories of the past. There are also no guarantees that trends today will continue, as we have seen with the recent market selloff. At Arlington Capital Management, we have invested significantly in research and resources and added to our proactive investment framework. How are you set up for all the tomorrows to come?

2) Is there something of which we have too much/too little?  All of us want to take shelter when there are bad conditions and take advantage of opportunities when the time is right. There can often be too much coverage in certain areas, which could leave a blind spot over others. With information overload, you may be receiving conflicting counsel. Perhaps you have too many people doing the same thing for you or not enough service to cover all your complex needs. How do all the separate pieces of the puzzle fit together?

3) Do all of the parties involved know their responsibilities? Assuming that everyone knows what to do is not as safe as creating a concrete plan of action with contingencies defined clearly. When it comes time for a family or business annual review, are all the people that will be affected present? Do they clearly understand their roles? 1

4) What if the unexpected happens? The most improbable scenarios have become more commonplace in an ever-changing world. No matter what plan is in place, the primary needs will change with death, emergency, job loss, or sickness. Are you insured and your loved ones covered should the worst happen? 2

Did you know?  There are often different names for the same concept. If you feel overwhelmed by technical jargon or information overload, especially if and when it is used to confuse or distract you from what is really important, then please feel free to reach out to find some clarity.

1 Arlington Capital Management is not a tax or legal advisor. However, we will be glad to work with you, your accountant, tax advisor, agent, broker, and/or attorney to help you meet your financial goals.

2 Insurance products are offered through unassociated insurance agencies and unaffiliated insurance companies external to Arlington Capital Management.


Important Disclosures

The Investor Education Institute (“IEI”) is not an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or any state.  The IEI publishes financial publications of general and regular circulation that offer impersonal advice and disinterested commentary and analysis.

The IEI utilizes a Proactive Asset Allocation Model (“PAAM”) that is designed to provide insight into investing in today’s financial markets. PAAM utilizes quantitative-based buy, sell and reallocation indicators, selecting from US and global securities, in seeking to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns over a long-term investment horizon. As with any investment strategy, IEI has in the past, and may in the future, modify this investment approach and parameters of PAAM in any manner which it believes is consistent with the strategy’s overall investment objective.  In that light, the following material modifications were made to PAAM: in February 2009 (creation of Universe Trend and Cash Comparison Indicators for trend analysis), June 2009 (creation of Long-Term Momentum Indicator for trend analysis), September 2009 (expanded Asset Class Ranking System and started computerized testing), December 2009 (creation of Global Indicator Set for buy and sell signals), April 2010 (inception of PAAM Computer Model), October 2010 (implementation of Tactical Indicators and Signals for short term risk management), January 2011 (modify Global Sell Signal with additional criteria including pattern determination), June 2011 (close Global Signals with stop loss criteria), September 2011 (inception of Long Only Model), May 2012 (modify Global Buy Signal wait period to enhance signal timing), October 2012 (first use of Stock Model), November 2012 (implement ETF replacement criteria), December 2012 (additional historical data for Cash Comparison Indicators), November 2015 (modify Global Buy Signal with additional criteria), June 2016 (modify Tactical Sell signal criteria), May 2018 (expanded Asset Class Ranking System, Tactical Asset Class Selling, Mini-Buy signal implementation); however, none of these changes modified the objectives or overall investment strategy of PAAM. Rather, as noted previously, IEI made these changes to seek to enhance the manner by which it runs PAAM, and thus each change, individually or in the aggregate, might have impacted the performance of PAAM (either positively or negatively, depending upon the efficacy of the changes(s)) after their implementation.  For more information regarding any of these material modifications, please contact IEI at 1-800-504-8505.

The performance returns and investment strategies presented use PAAM and do not represent the results of actual trading using real assets. PAAM performance returns reflect the assumptions, views and analytical methods developed by members of the IEI. Hypothetical or model performance returns have certain inherent limitations. Unlike actual performance results, model performance results do not represent actual trading and the results may have under- or over-compensated for the impact, if any, of certain market factors, such as market disruptions, lack of liquidity and the effect of interest rates. There can be no assurance that PAAM will perform similarly in the future.  No representation is being made that PAAM will or is likely to achieve returns similar to those shown. There frequently are sharp differences between the hypothetical or model performance results and the results subsequently achieved by PAAM when tracking performance results in real time. PAAM performance results are shown net of any assumed expenses or estimated fees (i.e., an estimated $10 brokerage fee per portfolio transaction), and reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. PAAM results shown reflect the hypothetical purchase and sale of securities using the average of the high and low price on the day the security was hypothetically transacted. Where a security was not available to represent exposure to a specific asset class, an index was used in its place. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Any index information presented is included for comparative purposes, to show general market trends during the periods indicated, and is not intended to imply that PAAM is similar to the index (or indices) shown either in composition or element of risk.  The MSCI All Country World Total Return Index is a broad index composed of stocks from the US, Developed International and Emerging International markets.  It is shown for comparative purposes because it represents the areas that PAAM considers for inclusion in the model, however, it should be noted that at any given time, the PAAM model will include securities from a narrow subset of these areas.

The information presented should not be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular security. The information shown is not tailored to any individual. There can be no assurance that any securities presented would be selected by PAAM in the future.  The securities listed for each model represent all portfolio holdings in that model as of the date shown.  Specific securities presented do not represent all securities that may be selected by PAAM for other models.  It should not be assumed that any of the securities presented have been or will be profitable.  The examples of specific investments are included merely to illustrate PAAM.

No graph, chart, formula or other device can be used to determine which securities to buy or sell, or when to buy or sell them. IEI makes no representation that any graph, chart, formula or other device shown can assist any person in making their own decisions as to which securities to buy or sell or when to buy or sell them.

You should consider risk and volatility in addition to performance when making any investment decision. The risk and volatility associated with PAAM may be significantly higher or lower than the risk and volatility of other investment strategies and/or products.

As with any investment strategy, there is potential for profit as well as of loss. All investments involve some level of risk, and an account that utilizes PAAM may not be suitable for your particular investment goals. This presentation is intended solely for informational purposes. The information presented  is in no way a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any securities or investment advisory services. The information presented and any performance returns and sample investment portfolios contained herein do not consider specific investment objectives, financial situations or the particular needs of any individual investor who may view this presentation. You should seek advice from your financial advisor regarding the appropriateness of investing in any securities or in accordance with any investment strategy.

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