Note: The following is derived from Harry Browne’s “Permanent Portfolio” model. Browne’s thesis was that a portfolio of stocks, bonds, gold, and cash–equally apportioned (25%) across a single portfolio–might provide a well-hedged model for both portfolio growth and safety. Our hypothetical model slightly varies from Browne’s in that it uses futures contracts for gold and 30-Year Treasuries. 

permportmay20-300x176 Permanent Portfolio Variation Monthly Update 5.20.20

As of Wednesday, May 22, 2020, the S&P 500’s (SPX) volatile rise rally brought it upwards of 2% mid month. Gold (GC) continues to rise steadily, up 3.44%, while 30-year treasury bonds (ZB) have declined -1.09%. The dollar index remains steady at 0.14%.


It appears as if investors’ safe haven preferences have been leaning toward gold and away from US treasuries. It’s also notable that both gold and the S&P 500 have been rising concurrently.

The S&P 500 has broken above resistance at 2968.00 though with little volume.

Gold remains within a wide trading range between 1775 (resistance) and roughly 1675 (support).

30-Y treasuries are currently bouncing off support at 177’11, also trading within a narrow range to which 183’03 marks resistance.


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