Here’s one way to potentially get more out of a 60/40 portfolio

So far, 2021 has not been a great year for both sides of the regular 60/40 portfolio.

Shares measured by the S&P 500 SPX,
decreased by 6% this year. Bonds, measured by the US government bond index S&P, also fell 6% this year. In the long run, stock market yields may be lower due to higher valuations and slowing growth, while bond yields may struggle in a new inflationary environment, making historical returns of around 8% per annum for a 60/40 portfolio difficult. to achieve.

David Rosenberg, a longtime Wall Street veteran, chief economist and strategist at Rosenberg Research, offers an exciting way to implement this portfolio: carbon credits. While the global volume of nearly $ 700 billion is still relatively small, it is growing rapidly as the world seeks to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Europe has the largest market, but there are others, including in California as well as in the eastern US group.

Rosenberg says there is still a lot of growth, as only 20% of global emissions are covered by some carbon prices, whether it is a tax or a system of restrictions and trade. “As 2030 is fast approaching, the likelihood that additional restraint and trade systems will go online for part of the remaining 80% of unregulated emissions is, in our view, non-trivial (although, admittedly, some governments are likely to go the tax route),” China says it has just begun its trade program, and while it covers only coal and gas power plants, the country plans to expand it to other industries.

He adds that the cost of carbon credits is less than the cost of decarbonization technology. “While ultimately the breakthroughs in R&D will come to a point where the economy changes, it doesn’t seem like we’re still there,” he says.

The IHS Markit Global Carbon Index, which tracks the most liquid segments of the carbon credit futures market, provides an annual return of 29% since its inception in 2014, well above the 10% return on stocks, 1% bond yield and slightly higher profit for goods during this time. However, its volatility on an annualized basis is twice as high as that of stocks, and since mid-2014 there have been four separate 30% + drawdowns.

As for the portfolio, Rosenberg notes that carbon credits are not only risk-adjusted, they also have a low correlation with other asset classes. He says allocating 10% of the weight to carbon futures in the portfolio would yield 8% versus 6.4% for the traditional 60/40 with slightly less volatility. “We do not recommend investors to indiscriminately convert 10% of their portfolio to carbon credits. But given the fact that in the past, this asset offered a favorable return adjusted for risk and led to an improvement in the Sharpe ratio in the theoretical portfolio, we believe that it should be considered a potential investment, “he said.

According to him, the easiest way to add carbon credits is through the Global Carbon Strategy ETF KRBN KraneShares,
which is compared to the IHS Markit World Carbon Index. It should be noted that ETF figures since the beginning of the year … also fell by 6%.

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showed on the second day of growth, after the growth of the S&P 500 on Thursday by 0.4% broke a series of losses from two sessions.

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