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January 29, 2019
Case Study CONSTRUCTING PORTFOLIOS WITH SPDR® GOLD SHARES (GLD®)
Case Study | Constructing Portfolios with SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) Strategic Allocation to GLD in a Global Subtracting the weight equally from the equities and Multi-Asset Portfolio government-bonds asset classes (two asset classes with A recent paper, A Case for Global Diversification: the highest weights) to add in GLD at 2% (Portfolio B), Harnessing the Global Multi-Asset Market Portfolio by 5% (Portfolio C) and 10% (Portfolio D). State Street Global Advisors Investment Solutions Group Returns of the hypothetical blended portfolios cover (ISG),1 examined the global investable opportunity set the period between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2018, and its implications for investors. They defined the Global and the hypothetical portfolios were rebalanced every Multi-Asset Market Portfolio (GMP) as the portfolio 12 months to maintain target portfolio weights. consisting of all investable capital assets, where the From the results shown in Figure 1, we found that under proportion invested in each asset corresponds to that assets our hypothetical scenario: market value divided by the sum of the market value of all assets in the portfolio. It is the sum of all investors holdings Portfolios B, C and D had higher Sharpe ratios, lower and a de facto proxy for the investable opportunity set maximum drawdowns and lower standard deviations available to all investors globally, or what is usually known with higher returns compared to Portfolio A; as the market portfolio. Portfolio D had the highest Sharpe Ratio (0.45) and We examined the results of adding an allocation to GLD highest cumulative return (111.15%); comprising 2%, 5%, and 10% of a multi-asset portfolio under Portfolio D had the lowest maximum drawdown (-29.43%). a hypothetical scenario. The hypothetical portfolio is based The results illustrated that under this hypothetical on the concept of the GMP developed by State Street Global scenario using broad indices to represent various asset Advisors ISG and incorporates additional assumptions for classes that includes allocations of anywhere from 2% to the purpose of our case study. We constructed the 10% to GLD right after the ETFs inception, the portfolios hypothetical global multi-asset portfolio by: with allocations to GLD (Portfolios B, C and D) have Replicating the asset classes in the GMP with non- outperformed the multi asset portfolio with identical investable market indices; exposure to indices but without equivalent allocations to Slightly adjusting each asset weighting in the GMP to also GLD (Portfolio A). From an asset allocation perspective, include commodities in the portfolio and assume no gold hypothetical portfolios with a GLD allocation had better exposure at the start (Portfolio A) and; risk-adjusted returns. 1 Frederic Dodard and Abigail Greenway, A Case For Global Diversification: Harnessing the Global Multi-Asset Market Portfolio, IQ Insights, State Street Global Advisors ISG EMEA, 2015. Figure 1: Hypothetical Blended Portfolio Results GLD Annualized Cumulative Annualized Maximum Porfolio Allocation % Return % Return % Standard Deviation % Sharpe Ratio* Drawdown (%) A 0 5.10 100.75 9.51 0.40 -33.29 B 2 5.17 102.50 9.45 0.41 -32.54 C 5 5.29 105.90 9.36 0.43 -31.39 D 10 5.48 111.15 9.30 0.45 -29.43 * Assumes risk-free rate of Citigroup 3-month T-bills. Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P., FactSet State Street Global Advisors, as of December 31, 2018. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Index returns are unmanaged and do not reflect the deduction of any fees or expenses. Index returns reflect all items of income, gain and loss and the reinvestment of dividends and other income. Returns do not represent those of a specific product managed by State Street Global Advisors Funds Management, Inc, but were achieved by mathematically combining the actual performance data of the constituents as listed in Figure 1, according to their weightings detailed in Figure 1. Performance of the hypothetical blended portfolio assumes no transaction and rebalancing costs, so actual results will differ. Performance of SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) reflects annual expense ratio of 0.40 percent. All data based on monthly measures of performance. GLDs performance quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when shares are sold. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted. Visit spdrs.com for most recent month end performance. State Street Global Advisors 2
Case Study | Constructing Portfolios with SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) Figure 2: Asset Class Weightings for Hypothetical Blended Portfolios A, B, C and D Weighting (%) Asset Class Index Portfolio A Portfolio B Portfolio C Portfolio D Equity MSCI All Country World Index 40 39 37.5 35 Total Equity 40 39 37.5 35 Government Bonds Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Government Bond Index 25 24 22.5 20 IG Credit Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporation Bond Index 16 16 16 16 Inflation Linked Bonds Bloomberg Barclays World Inflation Linked Bond Index 2 2 2 2 HY Bonds Bloomberg Barclays Global Corporate High Yield Bond Index 2 2 2 2 EM Debt Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets USD Aggregate Bond Index 5 5 5 5 Total Fixed Income 50 49 47.5 45 Real Estate Global Property Research General Index9286 4 4 4 4 Private Equity LPX Composite Listed Private Equity Index 4 4 4 4 Commodities Bloomberg Commodity Index 2 2 2 2 Gold SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) 0 2 5 10 Total Alternative 10 12 15 20 Hypothetical Portfolio Total 100 100 100 100 Source: State Street Global Advisors as of December 31, 2018. The asset allocation scenario is for hypothetical purposes only and is not intended to represent a specific asset allocation strategy or recommend a particular allocation. Each investors situation is unique and asset allocation decisions should be based on an investors risk tolerance, time horizon and financial situation. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Figure 3: SPDR® Gold Shares Standard Performance as of December 31, 2018 Since Inception 1 Month (%) QTD (%) YTD (%) 1 Year (%) 3 Years (%) 5 Years (%) 10 Years (%) 11/18/2004 (%) NAV 5.23 7.84 -1.54 -1.54 6.03 0.90 3.59 7.40 Market Value 4.94 7.53 -1.94 -1.94 6.11 0.86 3.43 7.31 LBMA Gold Price PM 5.05 7.73 -0.93 -0.93 6.45 1.21 3.93 7.81 Performance quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when shares are sold. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted. Visit spdrs.com for most recent month end performance. Gross Expense Ratio: 0.40%. The gross expense ratio is the funds total annual operating expense ratio. It is gross of any fee waivers or expense reimbursements. It can be found in the funds most recent prospectus. State Street Global Advisors 3
Case Study | Constructing Portfolios with SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) ssga.com | spdrs.com Hypothetical Returns do not blended represent portfolio those of aperformance fund but were methodology achieved by mathematically combining Frequent that they trading may offset of ETFs any could savings significantly from low fees increase or costs. commissions and other costs such Global the actual Aggregate performance Government data of Bond MSCI Index, AC World Bloomberg Daily TR Barclays Index, Bloomberg Aggregate Global Barclays The owners. trademarks Third party and data service providers marks referenced make no warranties herein are or the representations property of their of any respective kind Research Corporate General Bond Index, Index, Bloomberg S&P Listed Barclays Private Emerging Equity Index, Markets Bloomberg DebtIndex, Barclays Global World Property relating damages to of the any accuracy, kind relating completeness to the use or of timeliness such data. of the data and have no liability for S&P GSCI Inflation Linked Index, Bond and SPDR Index,® Bloomberg Gold Shares Barclays (GLD®) Global between Corporate September High 1, Yield 2005 Index, Investing Investing involves in commodities risk, and you entails could significant lose money risk on an and investment is not appropriate in GLD. for to maintain and September target 30, portfolio 2018. Each weights. portfolio The is performance re-balanced assumes at the beginning no transaction of each and year Important all investors. risk information rebalancing costs, so actual results will differ. Investing involves risk, and you could lose money on an investment in SPDR® Gold Important Risk Information Trust (GLD®). The and Diego views Andrade expressed and in this are subject material to are change the views based of on George market Milling- and other Stanley, conditions. 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It does tax not status take or into investment account horizon. any investors You should particular consult investment your tax and all investors. Investing in commodities entails significant risk and is not appropriate for financial advisor. All material has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Important Information Relating to SPDR® Gold Trust (GLD®): Street There isshall no representation have no liability or for warranty decisions as based to the on accuracy such information. of the information and State The prospectus) SPDR Gold with Trust the (GLD) Securities has and filed Exchange a registration Commission statement (SEC) (including for the a ETFs trade trade at prices like above stocks, or are below subject the to ETFs investment net asset risk, value. fluctuate Brokerage in market commissions value and and may ETF offering read the to prospectus which this in communication that registration relates. statement Before and you other invest, documents you should GLD has expenses While the will shares reduce of ETFs returns. are tradable on secondary markets, they may not readily trade in Please filed with see the the SEC GLD for prospectus more complete for a more information discussion about of GLD the risks and this of investing offering. 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