“Stagflation” was the hot buzzword in the late 1970s. It’s started popping again in the news media: A Google news search shows the word appearing almost 400 times from mid-May to mid-June. These are early prognoses, because inflation remains relatively tame — for now, at least — and the economy is still growing, albeit more slowly than previously anticipated.
R. Alan Moore, CRC, financial planning analyst with Kahler Financial Group in Rapid City, S.D., says his firm uses long-position mutual funds and managed futures for clients’ accounts.
Moore works primarily with the PIMCO Commodity Real Return Strategy Fund (PCPRX) for its mutual fund investments and Steben & Company Inc. in Rockville, Md., for managed futures.
In his firm’s experience, long funds perform best in periods of economic growth and moderate market volatility. In choppy markets, managed futures accounts have performed best.
“In a highly volatile market or in a market that is dropping quickly, the managed futures tend to do much better because [the fund managers] are active timers,” he says. “They’re very strict trend followers; and, so, whereas if the market is plummeting or is being very volatile our long funds will not do as well.”