The WisdomTree Portfolio Review, Part One: Strategic Models

Chief Investment Officer, Model Portfolios

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As we begin an already turbulent 2023, let’s take a moment to review how our Model Portfolios performed in 2022. This is the first of a three-part series, breaking each blog post into our categorizations of models: 1) Strategic, 2) Outcome-Focused and 3) Collaboration.

Let’s dive in.


No one needs to be reminded what a terrible year 2022 was for both global stock and bond markets. No one completely avoided the tsunami, but there were certain risk factors that performed better than others.

First and foremost was value. We saw a massive rotation into value and out of the growth risk factor that dominated market performance for most of the previous 10 years (think mega-Tech stocks). The 24+% differential between value and growth performance in 2022 was the largest dispersion the market has witnessed in decades, perhaps ever.

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We saw similar outperformances, on smaller scales, by the dividend and quality factors (though dividends were close).

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Finally, we saw outperformance by smaller-cap stocks (using the S&P 500 equal-weighted Index as a proxy since it is not cap-weighted but assigns equal weight to each stock within the S&P 500).

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If you know WisdomTree, you know that many, if not most, of our equity products have inherent factor tilts embedded in them, focusing primarily on dividends, value, quality and size—the exact factors that performed best in 2022.

Furthermore, another inherent thesis in our equity models is a belief in global diversification. This, too, worked out well in 2022, as both developed international and emerging markets outperformed the U.S., despite an almost year-long rally in the U.S. dollar (which works to dampen the return realized by U.S. investors on their non-U.S. investments).

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All these inherent tilts in our equity model—value, dividends, size, quality and a global allocation—translated into the solid outperformance of our core equity model relative to its underlying benchmarks.

WisdomTree Core Equity Model Portfolio

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The good news is that these factor rotations tend not to be one-year phenomena but rather multi-year cycles. So, these “factor tailwinds” may be with us for some time to come.

Fixed Income

For all of 2022, the positioning within our fixed income model was to be under-weight in duration and over-weight in quality credit relative to the Bloomberg Aggregate Index.

These were the correct calls, and this portfolio outperformed its underlying benchmark as well in 2022 by almost 200 basis points.

WisdomTree Fixed Income Model Portfolio

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Well, if your core equity and fixed income models both outperformed, then your strategic allocation models, comprised of varying combinations of the equity and fixed income portfolios, should also have outperformed. Using the traditional “60/40” stock/bond portfolio as an example, this is exactly what happened.

WisdomTree Moderate Model Portfolio

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Endowment Model

Finally, a word about our endowment models, which combine stocks and bonds with an allocation to lower-correlated strategies such as real assets and alternatives. The thesis behind these models is that by incorporating lower-correlated strategies, advisors can deliver a more diversified portfolio experience, with the potential of delivering more consistent portfolio performance regardless of the market regime.

The idea is to take advantage of the power of compounding—if you don’t lose as much in down markets, you don’t need to gain as much in up markets to still come out ahead in the long run.

This is what happened in 2022. Most advisors know if they included real assets (specifically commodities) and alternatives (equity long/short, managed futures, global macro, etc.) in 2022, they were pleased with the outcome.

Using our “moderately aggressive” endowment model as an example, as it is the closest allocation to our traditional 60/40 portfolio, we notice two things: (1) our portfolio (down 13.10%) generally tracked its underlying benchmarks, but (2) it outperformed our traditional 60/40 portfolio (down 14.09%). In other words, it did its job.

WisdomTree Endowment Moderately Aggressive Model Portfolio

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No one is happy to see negative performances in their portfolios. But, given the annus horribilis that was 2022, our relative outperformances are something we can build from as we move into and through 2023.

In part two of this series, we will examine the performances of our Outcome-Focused models.

Financial advisors can learn more about these models and how to position them successfully with end clients at our Model Adoption Center.

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About the Contributor
Chief Investment Officer, Model Portfolios
Scott Welch is the Chief Investment Officer of Model Portfolios at WisdomTree, a provider of factor-based ETFs, differentiated model portfolios, and digital asset solutions. In his role as CIO, he oversees the construction and ongoing management of the WisdomTree model portfolio solution set. He chairs the WisdomTree Model Portfolio Investment Committee and is an active member of the WisdomTree Asset Allocation team. Prior to joining WisdomTree, Scott was the Chief Investment Officer of Dynasty Financial Partners, a provider of outsourced investment research, portfolio management, technology, and practice management solutions to RIAs and advisory teams making the move to independence. Prior to Dynasty, Scott was a Co-Founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Fortigent, LLC, a provider of outsourced investment research, technology, and practice management solutions to RIAs and banks that targeted high net worth investors. Scott holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation, and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Investments & Wealth Institute (IWI, formerly known as IMCA) and is an outside member of several RIA Investment Committees. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of California at Irvine and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.