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Strategic Risk Management: A Practical Guide to Portfolio Risk Management by David Iverson

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CHAPTER 9

Tactical Asset Allocation

Tactical asset allocation (TAA) and dynamic asset allocation (DAA) strategies have attracted renewed interest in recent years as investors have endured one of the worst and most volatile markets in history. The interest in such approaches seems appropriate. Many investors are wondering whether much of the pain suffered in the recent market declines could have been avoided through preemptive asset allocation moves.

The approaches seem to have great appeal. The idea of selling overvalued assets and buying undervalued assets in anticipation of generating superior returns seems intuitive.

If investors engage in TAA strategies, those strategies become another source of investment risk. Before adding such risk, several issues must be addressed:

  • What exactly do we mean by TAA?
  • What is involved in undertaking TAA decisions?
  • How successful have investors who have implemented such strategies been?
  • Who should undertake such strategies, and if so, how?

TACTICAL VERSUS STRATEGIC ASSET ALLOCATION

The distinction between TAA and strategic asset allocation (SAA) is important. Each serves different purposes, usually involves different decision makers, and requires different levels of skill and experience. The process of undertaking the SAA is covered in Chapter 5. The role of the SAA is summarized below.

  • It specifies a static mix of asset classes that is intended to be a long-term plan that best meet the investor's objectives. It is often considered to be ...

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