Credit-Informed Tactical Asset Allocation

13 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2011 Last revised: 13 Jul 2021

Date Written: June 1, 2011


This paper outlines a tactical asset allocation (TAA) strategy that takes signals from the credit markets and applies them to the stock market. A power model is built using the Russell 2000 equity index and the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch High Yield B index. This model is then used in a tactical asset allocation strategy to judge whether equities are expensive or cheap relative to high yield bonds. Based on back-test results from 1997 to the present, the approach provides equity-like returns while lowering portfolio volatility.

Keywords: Tactical Asset Allocation, Asset Allocation, Quantitative, Capital Structure Arbitrage, Credit Markets, Market Timing

JEL Classification: C00, C10, G00, G11

Suggested Citation

Klein, David, Credit-Informed Tactical Asset Allocation (June 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

David Klein (Contact Author)

University of California ( email )

Oakland, CA
United States

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