Q2 2017 Investment Commentary

Strategy Overview

Paritas Global Wealth Strategy (GWS), was developed as a portfolio that delivers an intuitive, common sense approach to investing. The primary goals of GWS are to protect capital during periods of declining markets while capitalizing during market appreciation periods.

Our proprietary balanced risk portfolio utilizes an “all-weather” approach to increase the probability of producing consistent return streams over various market cycles. By systematically rebalancing using the risk metrics we analyze each month, the portfolio can adapt to changing market conditions to achieve the type of positive outcomes we are targeting over market cycles.

Balanced Risk Across 4 Major Asset Classes

The Bottom Line

GWS Composite Returns Q2 2017
2Q17 2017 YTD 2016 1 Year Since Inception1
GWS (gross) 2.24% 6.83% 8.50% 8.26% 5.23%
GWS (net) 2.09% 6.51% 7.85% 7.61% 4.60%
Benchmark 3.15% 7.74% 6.00% 10.83% 5.48%

Preliminary estimate. Inception date: 7/1/15. 1Annualized.

During the second quarter, GWS produced positive absolute returns of more than 2.00% both gross and net of fees. Although the GWS composite slightly trailed its benchmark, we are pleased since we achieved our objective of capturing most of the upside while protecting capital from potential losses.

Capital markets continued to advance although at a slower pace. Strong global equity markets provided the primary momentum. Since the inception of GWS, our well-diversified portfolio has kept pace with its benchmark and delivered results in line with our expectations.

Reallocating Capital to Balance Risk

GWS Capital Allocation Changes Q2 2017
Asset Class April 2017 May 2017 June 2017
US Equities 24.40% 21.69% 23.30%
International Equities 22.41% 21.49% 23.49%
Fixed Income 30.65% 30.26% 32.54%
Inflation Hedge 22.54% 26.56% 20.67%

Risk in the second quarter remained muted. This past quarter was notable for the low levels of stock market volatility, continuing the trend we saw in the first quarter.

We are taking advantage of this extremely low volatility environment; GWS has consistently been below a 35% fixed income allocation since November 2016. The exposure to international equities increased modestly across both developed and emerging markets. Inflation hedging positions fluctuated during the quarter, but ended the period lower with a lower capital allocation.

Market Recap – Q2 2017

With geo-political headlines dominating the news, the major market indices forged ahead to set new all-time highs during the quarter.

International equity markets were the best performing segments of the GWS portfolio during the second quarter. Developed markets finished up 5.84% for the quarter and emerging markets gained 4.33%. Larger-cap US stocks outperformed both small and mid-cap stocks in the US.

The yield on the 10-year US Treasury declined approx. 10 basis points during the quarter to finish at 2.30%, helping to boost fixed income returns into positive territory. MLPs significantly underperformed all other portfolio segments by declining -6.59% during the quarter.

Source: FactSet. As of 6/30/17. See disclosures for index definitions.

What Helped/Hurt GWS This Quarter

All of GWS’ asset class segments made positive contributions for the 2nd quarter except for MLP’s. Developed international equities were the biggest contributor while MLPs were the biggest detractor.

Defensive Equities, which includes Consumer Staples, Health Care, and Utilities, were the second largest contributor during the quarter adding 0.41% to the overall portfolio return. Combined with its fellow Inflation Hedge, REITs, it more than offset the detraction from MLPs producing a positive return for that asset class.

Balancing the risk in a portfolio aims to ensure that no single asset class segment can have too big a positive or negative impact on the portfolio. By focusing on minimizing losses, GWS is expected to maximize wealth-building over the course of up/down market cycles.

Source: FactSet. Contribution of Return calculated for Q2 2017 and is as of 6/30/17.

Important Disclosures

Index Definitions
Broad Market Returns
US Equities – Russell 3000 Total Return
International Equities – MSCI ACWI (x-us) Net Return
Fixed Income – Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate
MLPs – Alerian MLP Total Return
REITs – Wilshire US REIT Total Return

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A PRO FORMA 0.60% MANAGEMENT FEE WAS APPLIED TO THE GROSS PERFORMANCE OF THE GWS COMPOSITE TO ARRIVE AT NET PERFORMANCE.

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