Global Equity ETF Strategy

This strategy employs a macro-driven, top-down style to construct a global tactical asset allocation equity-only portfolio.

Benchmark: 100% MSCI ACWI Index

Inception Date: 10/31/2010

Nasdaq Fund Network Ticker: RBAEQX


The Global Equity ETF Strategy seeks risk-adjusted long-term growth by employing a top-down style to construct a global tactical equity-only portfolio. The investment team uses quantitative indicators and the firm’s macro-economic analysis to invest in global equity market segments at different times. Market segments chosen for emphasis or de-emphasis may vary from general market consensus views and the strategy may at times seek to identify areas where there is scarcity of capital and/or potentially overlooked investment opportunities.

Asset Allocation Guidelines

The strategy’s allocation is based on a long-term neutral policy of 100% equity but has the flexibility to add up to 30% cash.

  • Equity: 70% to 100%

  • Cash: 0% to 30%

Portfolio Construction

1. Top-down macro research

Investment committee performs ongoing analysis of factors such as corporate profits, liquidity and investor sentiment or valuation.

2. Risk assessment

Manage diversification based on correlation of assets within the portfolios, rather than the number of assets. Determine risk using capital market assumptions.

3. Strategic allocation guidelines

Guidelines provide an additional layer of risk management. Each portfolio has a neutral equity and fixed income allocation with guardrails to control the minimum and maximum allocation for each asset class.

4. Asset allocation

Construct global, multi-asset portfolios utilizing 5-30 ETFs that align with market views based on asset class, size, style, industry, geography and themes.


  • Utilize 5-30 ETFs to achieve desired exposures

  • Maximize contribution from top-down macro-economic views

  • Minimize portfolio risk through asset class portfolio risk measurement

  • Minimize stock-specific risk through usage of ETFs

  • Manage overall portfolio risk by “x-raying” the underlying holding of the ETFs