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The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for December 2017

Logical Invest Investment Outlook December 2017 Our top 2017 investment strategies, year-to-date: The Maximum Yield strategy with 51.57% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 43.37% return.   The NASDAQ 100 strategy with 29.84% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 20.25%. News: Our strategy development software QuantTrader has been updated and can once again fetch intraday prices. Market comment: November was another positive month for the S&P 500 with the index gaining +3.06 %. More risk-sensitive indicators such as the Russell 2000, emerging markets indexes as well as high yield and foreign bonds showed increased volatility and signs of weakness. This may be due to expectations of coming inflation and interest rates hikes rather than economic factors. U.S. Treasuries gained 0.74% but still remain weak. Gold remains flat adding +0.36% for the month. Our strategies experienced some volatility mid-month but eventually recovered. Our best performer was the leveraged Universal Strategy (UIS 3x) with 6.70% as both SPY and TLT returned gains. Our worst performer was the World Top 4 (WT4) strategy shedding -2.39% mostly due to the Chilean ETF dropping -12.1%. Our enhanced permanent portfolio strategy (the "BUG") added a 0.7%, the Global Rotation Strategy added 1.63% and our Nasdaq 100 strategy managed 0.39% for the month despite some larger moves in it's individual allocations (LRCX -7.79%, ISRG +6.51) . Our Maximum Yield strategy reminded us that it can experience large corrections as volatility turned up mid-month only to recover later and end up with a slight (-0.62%) loss. MYRS remains above the 50% for the year. Christmas and New year's have always been kind to investors. This year, with the S&P500 already at +20% year-to-date we are curious if the market will once again reward risk takers. Either way we follow our models and keep a diversified and balanced exposure to the markets. We end this newsletter with a look at crypto-currencies. When we first [...]

2017-12-01T05:24:01+00:00 By |5 Comments

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for November 2017

Logical Invest Investment Outlook November 2017 Our top 2017 investment strategies, year-to-date: The Maximum Yield strategy with 52.51% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 34.36% return.   The NASDAQ 100 strategy with 29.34% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 16.68%. Market comment: Just like September, October was positive for the S&P 500. The index gained +2.36% continuing its multi-month rise to new highs. U.S. Treasuries did not manage to recover after last month's losses, staying almost flat at -0.04%. Gold showed weakness returning -0.75%. Our strategies recovered quite well as they shifted weights into equity and decreased or replaced treasury positions with inflation protected notes (TIP) and convertible bonds (CWB). Our Nasdaq 100 strategy returned +7.81% for the month, while the Maximum Yield strategy added 5.94% passing the 50% return mark for 2017. Our leveraged Universal Strategy (UIS 3x) added 4.68%. Our Global Market Rotation (GMRS) and World Top 4 (WT4) strategies added 2% each. As our subscribers may remember, we recently updated the hedging mechanism of our strategies. In an article posted on December 2016, Frank explained why we are moving into a more dynamic hedging of the equity component by allowing strategies to choose from inflation protected Treasuries (TIP) as well as other types of bonds. This was done in anticipation of possible under-performance of Treasuries due to the Fed's normalization policy. These strategy "upgrades" are now working and paying off as our Universal Investment strategy has already shifted to TIPs and our other two strategies to convertible bonds. We are entering the traditionally best performing months of the year. Seasonally, equity markets exhibit some type of correction during the summer, followed by a volatile and often bearish September and October. Typically they end the year with strong November-December performances. This year we only had a minor correction back in August but no corrections since then. The index [...]

2017-11-01T06:35:46+00:00 By |0 Comments

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for October 2017

Logical Invest Investment Outlook October 2017 Our top 2017 investment strategies, year-to-date: The Maximum Yield strategy with 43.96% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 28.36% return.   The NASDAQ 100 strategy with 19.97% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 13.99%. Market comment: The S&P 500 has reached new heights, gaining +2% for the month, influenced by a more optimistic tax reform outlook. On the other hand, president Trump's proposed tax cuts and the possibility of a growing U.S. deficit caused U.S. Treasuries to sell off, pushing the benchmark 10-year yield to 2.26% and the TLT price down by -2.32%. Most of our strategies had a pullback partly due to our strategies using the TLT etf (or TMF) as a hedge. Strategy losses ranged from -3.76% for the Nasdaq 100 to -0.11% for the non-leveraged BUG strategy. Winner for the month was the U.S. Sector strategy (+1.28%).  The Bond rotation strategy managed to stay positive at +0.21% despite the widespread bond sell-off. Our Gold-USD strategy lost -0.12% managing to hedge the gold correction (GLD: -3.37%) for the month. Seasonally, October is a volatile month but often leads to a favorable pre-Christmas equity environment. We wish you a healthy and prosperous 2017. Logical Invest, October 1, 2017 Strategy performance overview: Logical Invest Performance October 2017 Visit our site for daily updated performance tables. Symbols: BRS - Bond Rotation Strategy BUGST - A conservative Permanent Portfolio Strategy BUGLEV - A leveraged Permanent Portfolio Strategy GMRS - Global Market Rotation Strategy GMRSE - Global Market Rotation Strategy Enhanced GSRLV - Global Sector Rotation low volatility NASDAQ100 - Nasdaq 100 strategy WORLD-TOP4 - The Top 4 World Country Strategy UIS - Universal Investment Strategy UIS-SPXL-TMF - 3x leveraged Universal Investment Strategy AGG - iShares Core Total US Bond (4-5yr) SPY - SPDR S&P 500 Index TLT - iShares Barclays Long-Term Trsry (15-18yr) Follow my blog with Bloglovin

2017-10-05T00:01:43+00:00 By |2 Comments

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for September 2017

Logical Invest Investment Outlook September 2017 Our top 2017 investment strategies, year-to-date: The Maximum Yield strategy with 47.47% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 31.15% return.   The NASDAQ 100 strategy with 24.65% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 11.74%. Market comment: After more than three months of extremely low levels of volatility, VIX spiked on August 10th peaking at the 16.04 level. The index has now dropped around the 10 - 11 level awaiting further possible market disruptions. The move has triggered an upward reaction to traditional safe heavens assets with TLT  (Treasury ETF) returning 3.41% and GLD (Gold ETF) 4.2%, for the month. This has benefited our strategies since a majority of them use these assets as a hedge. For September, the upcoming U.S. Congress needs to agree on a budget for fiscal year 2018 and raise, once again, the so-called debt ceiling, The Federal Reserve may start a large winding down of its crisis-era balance sheet while the European Central Bank is considering scaling back its asset purchases. Tensions between N. Korea and the U.S. may escalate. All these factors could cause VIX to spike. As mentioned in the previous newsletters, the dollar index continues to show weakness, benefiting foreign (non-U.S.) equity and emerging market bonds. The Euro continues to show some strength. Gold has been showing strength in 2017 after reaching a low on December 2016. Our best strategy performers for August are: The Nasdaq 100 strategy, recovered from last month's correction adding +4.56 %. The Bug Leveraged strategy added +3.54% to reach a very respectable 11.10% year-to-date. Our 3x Universal Investment strategy returned 3.17% for the month. The Gold-USD strategy made a 2.32% profit and finally turned positive for 2017. The performance of the Bug Leveraged strategy was due to holding full (leveraged) positions in 'safer' assets: GLD (+4.2%),  TLT (+3.4%) and PCY (2.18%). Our flagship [...]

2017-10-05T00:01:56+00:00 By |2 Comments

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for August 2017

Logical Invest Investment Outlook August 2017 Our top 2017 investment strategies, year-to-date: The Maximum Yield strategy with 46.05% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 27.11% return.   The NASDAQ 100 strategy with 19.29% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 11.42%. News: Our professional portfolio software QuantTrader has reached version 5.0 with improvements including being able to load your custom set of strategies and a new consolidated signals screen. You can now allocate your funds in multiple strategies and have QuantTrader calculate the number of shares of each stock/ETF you need to buy.   QuantTrader Consolidated Signals   Market comment: Just as we mentioned in our last June newsletter, we continue to observe low volatility and a weakening dollar. The VIX index hit a record low on July 26th, falling temporarily to 8.84, a level last seen back in 1993. Moreover the index stayed under the 10 level for 10 consecutive days showing persistence.  The U.S. dollar fell to a 13-month low against a basket of currencies. The Euro has broken to the upside, reaching 1.18 against the dollar, a level last seen before December 2014. The Euro is 11% up year-to-date. Certain commodities that have had terrible returns for the past years are this month's top performers: Sugar, Gasoline, U.S. diesel Heating oil, Nickel, Coffee and U.S. oil (USO) ETFs all gave more than 10% returns for the month. Of course if you look at a graph you will see this is just a tiny reaction to multi-year bear markets. Taking advantage of the extended low volatility environment, out top strategy, the Maximum Yield strategy, added another +5.93% to reach +46.79% return for the year.  The Universal Investment 3x strategy added 2.54% for a +27.11% YTD return. All our other strategies were positive in July. The exception was the Nasdaq 100 strategy that corrected -3.1% causing this month's allocations to change significantly. As [...]

2017-10-05T00:02:10+00:00 By |2 Comments

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for July 2017

Logical Invest Investment Outlook July 2017 Our top 2017 investment strategies, year-to-date: The Maximum Yield strategy with 38.54% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 23.91% return.   The NASDAQ 100 strategy with 23.07% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 9.17%. News: Our professional portfolio software QuantTrader continues to evolve and can now download data from 3 different providers: Tiingo, Yahoo and Google. Tiingo is an inexpensive solution for DYI investors that need good quality dividend-adjusted end of day data. Market comment: The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its benchmark federal-funds rate on June 15th by a quarter percentage point and hinted to further hikes. Individual investors remain skeptical of the bull market as the AAII survey shows 43.4% being neutral (historical average is at 38%). Mainstream market analysts keep a positive outlook quoting decreased risks and equity strength in Europe, global strength in developed and emerging markets, low unemployment in the U.S. and a sense that the Fed's tightening is predictable. We continue to see a low volatility environment and a weakness in U.S. dollar for 2017 which benefits non-U.S. stocks, bonds as well as gold. The European market returned 17% YTD while India and China achieved 20%+ returns for the year. UUP ETF (U.S. Dollar Index)   Out top strategy, the Maximum Yield strategy, added another +6.85% to reach +38.5% return for the year.  The Universal Investment 3x strategy had a correction in the last few days of July but came out positive adding +1.66% for a +23.9% YTD return. Both the Nasdaq 100 and the U.S. Sector strategies had corrections: -1.98% and -2.47% to achieve +23% and +5% YTD  respectively. All other strategies remained flat with gains/losses below 1%. A final note: We do keep a watchful eye on recent developments in the crypto-currency markets as Bitcoin and Ethereum are attempting to make their way into the mainstream. It may be [...]

2017-10-05T00:02:29+00:00 By |6 Comments

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for December 2016

Special Topic: IRA investment using QuantTrader Logical Invest Investment Outlook December 2016 Our top year-to-date strategies: The Maximum Yield strategy with 30.27% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 17.73% return.   The NASDAQ 100 strategy with 15.19% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 9.77%, year-to-date. NEWS: Enhancement of the Treasury hedge in our strategies (link).   Market comment: Presidents change, markets change and so do we. As our subscribers know well, Treasuries have been a cornerstone of our strategies. For the last few months many investors remained sceptical as 0% interest rates meant there was only one way for rates to go: Up. Although the logic has merit, markets often defy common sense and with the help of central banks the unthinkable became a reality: negative interest rates. Adding Treasuries to one's portfolio proved to be an excellent strategy, post 2009. We still believe the 30-year Treasury etf  (TLT) is an excellent diversifier for our strategies but recent developments convinced us that alternative hedging instruments are worth pursuing. For that reason we are changing our methodology to allow the use of inflation protected treasuries (TIPS) as well as well as our Bond Rotation strategy itself (BRS), as hedges to our equity portfolios. As an example, our Universal Investment strategy will allocate a percentage of assets to SPY and the rest to either TLT or TIP based on TLT vs TIP rules-based evaluation. Strategies like the Global Market Rotation will hedge their equity part with the BRS strategy as a whole. You can find a more detailed explanation of the new methodology in this article. This month was a difficult one for many of our strategies because of the simultaneous drop in treasuries, gold and non-U.S. equity markets as the US$ surged about 4.5% compared to major foreign currencies.  GMRS lost 8% this month alone, followed by the BUG (leveraged version) at -6% due to the TLT and GLD [...]

2017-10-02T20:00:00+00:00 By |0 Comments

Logical-Invest monthly update January 2017 – Topic 401k Investments

Special topic this month: 401k Investments Logical Invest Investment Outlook January 2017 Our top 2016 strategies: The Maximum Yield strategy with 29.92% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 22.33% return.   The NASDAQ 100 strategy with 21.54% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 12.00%. Market comment: To put 2016 in perspective, we must go back to 2015 and remind ourselves how the rising dollar environment affected diversified investors. Most asset classes suffered through 2015. The S&P 500 stayed flat, long term Treasuries lost 2%, gold lost 9%, emerging markets shed 17% and USO, the crude oil ETF was down 44%. To make things worse, in August 2015 there was a sharp correction in equities which caused many "weak hands" to just exit the market. The first half of 2016, by contrast, rewarded anyone holding any of these assets.The second half proved far more challenging as rising yields expectations depressed bond prices, with TLT loosing 16% from July to December. Expecting higher yields in the U.S. can cause an appreciation in the U.S. dollar which in turn causes weakness in dollar denominated assets like gold and foreign equity. All of these assets gave back some of the early 2016 gains. Two major events, the Brexit vote and U.S. elections proved to be much less disruptive than expected. For 2016, The S&P 500 returned 12%, long term Treasuries gave up early gains to stay flat and gold gained 6%. Emerging markets gained a respectable 14%. All our strategies were positive for the year. Our 'non-equity' strategies did well outperforming their respective benchmarks:  Our volatility harvesting strategy (MYRS) returned 29.92%. Our Bond rotation strategy (BRS) returned 13.62%, compared to 1% for TLT and 2.4% for AGG. Our Gold hedged strategy (Gold-USD) returned 15.74% compared to 6% for Gold. For 2017, in preparation for rising yields, we have adapted our strategies to rely less on the 30-year Treasury ETF (TLT). We introduced inflation [...]

2017-10-02T20:00:00+00:00 By |1 Comment

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for June 2015

This is the monthly monthly Logical-Invest newsletter for June 2015. From now on this newsletter will replace the individual comments for the single strategies. The newsletter includes a strategy performance overview which can help you to switch between strategies. The same table is available if you login to your logical invest account at "My Account" and select the strategy performance menu. The table on the website is a dynamic table and will be updated every day. This way you can easily compare the performance of the different strategies. There are times when a subset of strategies may lag, like this is the case at the moment for all strategies which invest in bonds. Using the dynamic table you can click on the column headers and sort the table by any of the columns. If you sort for example by 3 month Sharpe, then you see which strategy performs best in the current rising rates sideways market environment. If you sort by 12 or 36 month Sharpe, then you see which strategy performs best over a period which includes also some market corrections. The table also includes the most important benchmarks SPY, TLT and AGG. Here is now a static copy of the table sorted by year to date performance.  Strategy performance overview: symbol close year to date % ▴ 3 month % 1 month % 1 day % 60 day volatility 60 day correlation 3 month Sharpe 12 month Sharpe 36 month Sharpe LastModified: 5/29/2015 UIS-SPXL-TMF 6151.80 11.42 -2.39 1.15 -1.50 26.65 0.79 -0.48 3.40 3.22 MYRS 626.86 7.04 2.37 3.55 -0.03 16.39 0.62 0.91 2.21 3.04 WORLD-TOP4 283.91 6.53 -1.07 -1.40 -0.83 13.76 0.67 -0.44 3.13 3.21 GMRS 4408.85 5.63 -0.26 1.13 -0.58 10.24 0.75 -0.15 0.47 1.59 GSRLV 499.13 4.56 -1.38 0.10 -0.54 9.78 0.64 -0.77 2.35 2.33 UIS 476.65 3.90 -0.30 [...]

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The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for February 2017 – Topic 401k Strategies

Our special topic this month are 401k Strategies Logical Invest Investment Outlook February 2017 Our top 2017 strategies: The Maximum Yield strategy with 10.29% return. The  NASDAQ 100 strategy with 9.88% return.   The Leveraged Universal strategy with 3.96% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 1.79%. Market comment: 2017 started up as a different type of year. Not just in politics. Despite the unprecedented political uncertainty, volatility in the SP500 dived this month causing our volatility harvesting strategy, Maximum Yield, to return more than 10% in just one month. Our Nasdaq 100 strategy returned 9.88%.  All other strategies were positive for January but with smaller gains of 1-3%. The only negative strategy for the month was the Gold-USD strategy at -2.06%. We would like to take this opportunity to thank two of our longer-term subscribers for their feedback, comments and support: Deshan, comment posted January 29, 2017: "Looking back at these comments from many months ago gave me a chuckle. Looked like the world was gonna end and the LI strategies were going down too. I feel badly for those that gave up. I stayed the course and am very happy customer." Read more.... Richard, author at Richard's Corner. "The universe of options for a conservative retiree who would like both some performance as well as low risk in a simple, stand-alone investment has proven difficult to find...". Read more...   We wish you a healthy and prosperous 2017 and good performance in your 401k Strategies Investment.  Logical Invest, February 1, 2017   Strategy performance overview: Logical Invest Performance January 2017 Visit our site for daily updated performance tables. Special topic 401k Strategies Do you know that our Backtest Software QuantTrader allows you to build your custom 401k Strategy in only a couple of minutes? Mix your plan sponsor assets into custom Strategies, see our recent High Performance Strategies webinar. Contact us to learn more. [...]

2017-10-02T20:00:00+00:00 By |1 Comment