This model invests in highly liquid large-cap stocks selected from those making up the Russell 1000 Index which represents the large-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. When adverse stock market conditions exist the model reduces the size of the stock holdings by 50% and buys the -1x leveraged ProShares Short S&P500 ETF (SH). It produced a simulated survivorship bias free average annual return of about 53% from Jan-2000 to end of Nov-2013.
In July 2012 Albert Edwards, the closely followed investment strategist at Société Générale, warned that the S&P 500 was “on the verge of an ultimate death cross,” foretelling imminent major losses for the stock market, with the S&P 500 possibly…
Using a third party small-cap model from the web-based trading simulation platform in combination with our iM-Best(SPY-SH), we demonstrate the benefits of combining this model with iM-Best(SPY-SH), these include a reduced volatility, constant positive rolling returns, and high annualized returns…
Using 3 large-cap models from the web-based trading simulation platform in combination with Best(SPY-SH) and Best1(Sector SPDR), we demonstrate that the combination would have produced very high positive rolling returns and also high annualized returns with low drawdowns and low volatility.
The latest interim buy signal from the modified Coppock indicator was generated on October 25, 2013, and this model will stay invested until September 2014, possibly longer if another buy signal appears before then.
The iM-Best1(Sector SPDR) model periodically selects only one of the nine Select Sector SPDR® ETFs that divide the S&P500 into 9 sectors. During adverse market conditions it switches to SH, or partly to cash. This model would have produced an average annualized return of about 31.4% from January 2000 to end of September 2013.
Using the investment periods determined for the US market with the iM-Best(SPY-SH) Market Timing System, we calculated performance figures for 9 major country indices. The system, if followed, would have improved returns from all markets. From January 2000 to August 2013 with market timing, the best performing index in local currency was IBOVESPA – Brazil, and in US-dollars the DAX – Germany, closely followed by Brazil.
Best(SPY-SH) switches between SPY and SH depending on market direction, and is beneficial in combination models. Using a high performance model TWY5 from the web-based trading simulation platform and our Best8+ model, we demonstrate the benefit of combining these models…
Using the simulated investment periods determined with the iM-Best(SPY-SH) Market Timing System, we calculated performance figures resulting from the model switching between the ETFs SSO and SDS, instead of SPY and SH. This alternative system would have produced an average annual return of about 55.6% from January 2000 to the end of August 2013, versus 2.6% for a buy-and-hold investment of SPY over the same period.
This binary model uses the signals from the iM-Best(SPY-SH) Market Timing System, and switches between SPY (SPDR® S&P 500® ETF) and Cash instead of SH. This model would have produced an average annual return of about 16.3% from January 2000 to the end of August 2013, versus 2.6% for a buy-and-hold investment of SPY over the same period, with maximum drawdowns of -15% and 55%, respectively.
This binary model switches between SPY (SPDR® S&P 500® ETF) and SH (ProShares Short S&P500 ETF) depending on market direction. Using a web-based trading simulation platform, our ranking system, and specific buy and sell rules, this model would have produced an average annual return of about 29.3% from January 2000 to end of August 2013, versus 2.6% for a buy-and-hold investment of SPY over the same period.
Gold may have recently bottomed and is currently in backwardation, possibly an indication that the price could increase in the months ahead. Since nobody knows the future let us assume that the gold price could change between -$20 and +$30…
The Best8+ algorithm has been improved to achieve a CAGR of 60.27% to outperforming the the S&P 500 with dividends (SPY) 522 times, that is for an investment over a period from January 2, 1999 to May 31, 2013.
Trading stock selected from the pool S&P1500 using the revised survivorship bias free Best10 portfolio management system would have generated returns of 49.2% for the period January 1999 to May 2013 and without draw-down protection 45.5%; both a multiple of the 3.8% that the SPY (the ETF tracking the S&P 500) produced over the same period.
Gold has declined substantially and many commentators believe that the price will go much lower. But will it? The chart below shows the gold price plotted on a semi-log scale from 1968 to 2013, and the year-on-year percentage change of…
Nearly 2 years ago, at the end of August 2011, the BVR model signaled the beginning of a down market for bonds. Since then long bond funds have returned a total of about 6% and short bond funds about 2%, while SPY, the exchange traded fund tracking the S&P 500, gained almost 40%. The BVR model’s message remains loud and clear: Avoid long bonds.
Since publishing our iM-Best10 portfolio management system, readers pointed out that the high returns obtained may be distorted by what is known as survivorship bias. Using an online portfolio simulation platform, we investigated the effect of survivorship bias by running…
Australian employers must pay at least 9% of workers’ annual salary into their superannuation accounts. Because the Government wants people to save for their retirement, they provide tax breaks and other incentives to help grow super savings over time. There is a wide choice of funds available, but most people seem to select, and stay, in a balanced multi-sector fund. A better way to allocate one’s savings and maximize returns is to use the signals from MAC-Australia, with buy signals triggering shifts from fixed interest investments to equity funds, and sell signals triggering shifts back to safer, interest producing bond funds. It’s that simple.
We analyze financial series based on the previous highest peak of the series in a business cycle, which we term the “off-peak-mode” of an index. Using our BCI in off-peak-mode we achieve average leads to recessions of 20 weeks. Exiting the stock market at these early signals significantly improves investment performance. Furthermore, the current level of the BCI in off-peak-mode near 100 provides confirmation that a recession is not likely to occur within the next year.
There is no bell ringing when the market peaks before recessions, but indicators such as iMarketSignals’ Business Cycle Index (BCI) are useful in identifying recession starts well in advance. By exiting the stock market at the time of BCI’s recession signals, investors would still have avoided about 60% of the market declines from pre-recession peaks to inter-recession troughs on average.