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Interactive webinar Quanttrader: Building high-performing Strategies

On Saturday February 11, 2017 the QuantTrader Community of Logical Invest hosted their first interactive Webinar to explore the functionalities of the software and exchange on tips for building and backtesting high-performing ETF rotation momentum strategies for retirement and savings accounts. Background of QUANTtrader QUANTtrader is a swiss-made software tool used to develop, backtest and implement rules-based ETF Rotation investment strategies. Since it is built by a trader and long-time investor rather than by a developer, QuantTrader’s main strength is in building medium to long term investment portfolios that are diverse, adaptive and can control risk. All this without writing a single line of code. The software comes per-populated with all strategies currently run by Logical Invest. These are strategies that have been successfully running “live” for 1-3 years as of  February 2017, so you can actually track past performance. You can customize, tweak existing or build your own strategies. Live Recording of the Session - 2 hours in-depth review on ETF Rotation Momentum Strategies Agenda: How to get started? File Management & Main functionalities Benefit of QuantTrader Dynamic Allocation vs. Online Portfolio Builder Markowitz Modern Portfolio Theory Ranking Algorithms and Strategy Parameters Optimization routine and how to avoid over optimization Extending backtests with synthetic tickers Consideration for combining strategies into MetaStrategies Showing off – Some of the best strategies and portfolios so far Free 30 days trial – Try it out now! Interested in giving it a try? Build your own high performing Portfolio for savings or retirement account, most IRA and 401k plans are supported. No credit card or PayPal needed, register now. To learn more about building your ETF Rotation Momentum strategy with QuantTrader see here. A good fit for Advisors and money managers using ETF Rotation Momentum Strategies In many ways, QT is a good fit for [...]

2017-04-20T01:27:47+00:00 By |0 Comments

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. [...]

2017-03-13T19:03:21+00:00 By |1 Comment

One Approach to Rational Retirement Plan Investment Allocations

We analyse one of the Fidelity Freedom Target Date Funds (FFFDX) versus a portfolio of ETF rotation strategies - The findings will surprise you! This is a guest post by Richard Manley, first published on Richard´s Corner, the Logical Invest User Community: Defined contribution retirement plan using target date funds There’s no shortage of challenges facing working people in these days. In addition to job outsourcing and the offshoring whole operations, inflation/deflation and zero interest rates on savings, most workers who have a retirement plan have one that’s called a “defined contribution plan”, in the US in many cases it’s also called a 401K. In such a plan, a participant contributes before-tax funds, often matched to some degree by the employer, into an account that is intended to accrue and grow until retirement age when it can be distributed over one’s retirement lifetime. This kind of plan of course puts the responsibility and burden of making wise investment choices on the individual. Most working folks are not trained in finance or security selection or portfolio construction and are thus left to rely on their own uninformed devices or advice from financial gurus in the media or in newsletters or cable TV talking heads, or merely to reactionary emotions that attend to most of us during extreme financial events. The U.S Dept. of Labor’s new “Fiduciary Rule” will take effect in April, but what practical effect this may have on individual’s specific investment actions under defined contribution plans remains to be seen. As a retirement plan investor, I’ve experienced all these pitfalls and more while I’ve tried to save enough to comfortably retire someday. A coherent approach to managing my modest retirement assets was clearly lacking and as a result I found myself thrashing my account to respond to the [...]

2017-03-18T23:47:49+00:00 By |4 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 [...]

2017-03-13T19:00:47+00:00 By |1 Comment

Backtest: New adaptive Global Market Rotation backtester

I just want to share a screenshot of the new backtest software, we have written in C# to calculate and backtest the new adaptive logical-invest strategies. This software can be used to calculate the variable allocation for the MYRS, GSRS and GMRS. Since 2017, QuantTrader, this backtest software is now also available for retail and institutional investors, see here. Our backtest software QuantTrader now available Below you see a 2 year graph showing the Global Market Rotation strategy backtest. The top chart just shows the 6 ETFs used in this strategy. The middle chart shows the allocation in percent of the ETFs for each month and the bottom chart shows the performance chart with EDV and SPY as benchmarks. It is interesting to see in the backtest, that normal years with strong trends like 2013 have long periods with the same ETFs. 2013 was dominated by MDY and IEV. IEV (Europe) is used as a replacement for FEZ, because it has a 10 year history. In 2014 we had many changes between the markets, but still this type of adaptive algorithm did manage this difficult situation much better than the old algorithm which could only switch 100% into one ETF. The backtest performance for these last 2 years 19.7% per year, with a Sharpe of 1.94. The old algorithm had 15% annual performance because of a good year 2013 but only a Sharpe ratio of 0.9. In general you can say that during years with long consistent trends, both algorithms will do well, but in years like 2014, where the really best allocation is somewhere in between stocks and Treasuries, a 100% rotation algorithm has problems to find the good ETF. Best regards Frank Grossmann Here more about the capabilities of QuantTrader: All you need for steering your investment [...]

2017-04-26T04:11:43+00:00 By |8 Comments

The new reviewed Bond Rotation Strategy

From the next strategy email on, the Bond Rotation Strategy will also use adaptive ETF allocation, to make is more suitable as IRA or 401k Investment Strategy. This new technique allows a 30% higher Sharpe (return to risk) ratio. Together with this change we have also changed the ETF selection from the old: AGG - iShares Core Total US Bond (4-5yr) BOND - PIMCO Total Return ETF CWB - SPDR Barclays Convertible Bond HYLD - AdvisorShs Peritus High-Yield Bond (3-4yr) SHY - Barclays Low Duration Treasury (2-yr) TLH - iShares Barclays 401k 10-Year Treasury (9-11yr) Ro the new ETF selection: CWB - SPDR Barclays Convertible Bond JNK: SPDR Barcap High-Yield Junk Bond (4-7yr) PCY: PowerShares Emerging Mkts Bond (7-9yr) TLT: iShares Barclays 401k Long-Term Trsry (15-18yr) The new BRS strategy does not need the total US market bonds AGG and BOND anymore. In fact for the old strategy, these bonds have been used to simulate an intermediate mix between treasuries and corporate bonds. The new BRS strategy can now invest in any mix of these bonds due to the adaptive allocation. Also the SHY (cash) ETF is not necessary anymore, because the allocations will be automatically reduced to zero if this would be necessary. Excellent features as an IRA or 401k Investment Strategy We also go back to the passively managed JNK high yield junk bond after the actively managed HYLD junk bond was showing an extremely bad performance these last months. So better don't have any fund manager interfering with the strategies in the future. New is the emerging market sovereign debt bond PCY which gives the strategy some international diversification. TLH has been replaced by the more liquid TLT treasury ETF. All together, the strategy becomes simpler, with less ETFs, but with a significantly better performance. We recently were approached by a subscriber [...]

2017-04-20T01:18:33+00:00 By |5 Comments

QuantTrader – The Swiss army tool now also for individual investors

Dear Subscribers,We are happy to announce that the full QuantTrader version is now available to individual investors for $150 a month or $1500 per year.We will cross-subsidize a bit with the high interest we´ve received from institutional investors like RIA and hedge-fund managers so far. Fair play requires that subscribers who manage their own or other people's assets above $1m subscribe to the institutional offering.QuantTrader is a fine piece of art mixed with a lot of investment technology. Knowing that all the knobs and options might lead to an initial overload - at least compared to the 60/40% off the shelff solutions out there - we will also continue with our 60 days money back guarantee.You can find a short description of QUANTtrader here. We have prepared extensive Help & FAQ site and a dedicated forum to get you started in an interactive mode. If there is interest we can also organize a webmeeting for a more detailed walk-through during the coming weeks, just let us know in the comments. In anticipation of a vivid discussion, The Logical Invest TeamAnd now some further promotion, just to show-off our pride a bit:All you need for steering your investment process in one place:Powerful Asset Allocation AlgorithmsLightning fast Backtesting & OptimizationHighly flexible data exchange with other programsHedging with different instrumentsInvestment History and Log  Get access to all current and future Logical Invest StrategiesNo strings attached – nothing to hide! Adjust and modify all our strategies to your needs:Optimize to your own preferencesReplace assets with those from your 401k or IRA accountAdd hedging through inverse ETF, Bonds, Currencies, Commodities Develop your own custom strategies on the flyWhether you love simplicity or look for sophistication. We got you covered when building your own investment solution!Select your own assets in the custom asset allocationPick from different ranking and optimization algorithmsAdd volatility [...]

2017-02-20T12:46:04+00:00 By |7 Comments

Introducing Richard’s Corner – The Logical Invest User Community

A vivid and open exchange between the user community and the team behind Logical Invest has always been a main focus and motivation for us. Beside coming up with new innovative investment strategies, we feel we can add value by creating a space for exchanging on investment practices, money and wealth management and the tools needed for getting it up & running in real life.We´re therefore delighted to announce a new feature to further drive this exchange: Richard´s Corner, the Logical Invest User Community, moderated by Richard Manley, a long time user and critical commenter of our services.Richard is retired from a career as an engineer, analyst, planner and manger that spanned more than 40 years where he evaluated engineering and finance alternatives for large scale capital intensive projects. He is a volunteer for the AARP tax assistance program for the elderly, an advocate of life-long learning, and is interested in making the best of his 401K assets.Purpose of Richard’s CornerRichard's Corner provides a focused venue for Logical invest subscribers to share their experiences using the Logical Invest service, especially the Logical Invest tool sets – Portfolio Builder, Consolidated Strategies and QuantTrader. I think as subscribers engage in an informative exchange about how we use the tools we can all become more adept at taking advantage of their power.Possible topics to explore include:Logical Invest strategy combinations and investor goals,particular techniques used with the tools (e.g., custom solver solutions),investing and trading strategies,outcomes that Logical Invest subscribers experience relying on the tool set,circumstances within which the tools are applied (e.g., advisory service, family assets, retirement accumulation or long term distribution management, etc., …),maintaining discipline with the tools,and ideas for new features and capabilities that might make our investing lives both easier and more successful.We hope the exchange that takes place in this [...]

2017-02-20T12:46:09+00:00 By |0 Comments

New Beta Tool: Easy Consolidated Signals for your “All Strategies” Custom Portfolio Now Available

UPDATE: The tool is now available following this link     “What? Another post about tools and infrastructure? Thought Logical Invest is going to show me the next 21st Century ETF Investment Strategy!”     Yes, I know there have been plenty of posts regarding new features on our site, new portfolio options, new charting capabilities, and new portfolio builder features. Plus plenty of teasers of what is coming up in regard of strategies and meta-strategies. Is the Logical Invest team now only busy on this nice-to-have-but-not-money-making stuff? No, we’re not, our purpose and motivation has not changed! We’re determined to be your first choice for your smart investments! But based on your feedback, and seeing that more and more of you migrate from employing single-strategies towards blends and full-fletched portfolios of strategies, we know we need to develop our infrastructure to keep up with our pledge: “A few simple switches a month, which can be done in 15 minutes” We’ve given an insight into our long-term vision in our last (yes, silent) video, which is: Single Strategies for complementing your existing portfolio, or Full fixed-weight blends or portfolios of our strategies (Portfolio Builder), or  Dynamic and smart meta-strategies which adapt to changes in market environment and strategy performance – Breaking through the traditional (more or less) efficient frontiers, or Top-notch custom portfolio solutions made to spec for larger accounts and institutional money managers. Now, while this means a time-warp evolution in performance and robustness, it undoubtable also means an increase in the complexity. Means, we need to provide you with tools to keep the execution process easy, and allow you to enjoy your free-time with your most beloved instead of doing advanced Excel Acrobatics on weekends.   “Ok, got you. But where does this lead us?”       [...]

2017-02-15T02:09:36+00:00 By |26 Comments

401k investment: Sleep Well Bond Rotation Strategy – Annual performance of 15%

You can employ this strategy perfectly in your 401k investment, because it outperforms the stock market by more than double and this with one third of the volatility or risk. This means that since 2008, the return to risk ratio is about six times higher than an investment in the SPY ETF which tracks the S&P 500. Even this year, when many investors are selling bonds due to increasing yields through FED tapering, the bond rotation strategy has delivered positive double digit returns. The Bond Rotation Strategy (BRS) - an ideal 401k investment The BRS Strategy invests in the top one or top two ETFs out of a selection of five bond ETFs which is then rebalanced on a monthly basis. The backtested returns of the strategy since 2008 is very impressive compared to a traditional "buy and hold" strategy, thus making it ideal for any 401k investment. The data below refers to the returns for holding the top two ETFs in the strategy. The figures in brackets show the returns for holding the top ETF only. The top two ETF strategy has a slightly better return to risk ratio than the top one ETF strategy. So, for larger amounts of 401 investment money (> 100'000$), I would advise investing in the top two ETFs rather than simply holding one. Annual performance (CAGR) = 15.7% (19%) compared to S&P500=5.4% Total performance since 2008 = 133% (175%) compared to S&P500=33.1% Volatility (annualized) = 6.75% (9.45%) compared to S&P500=24.7% Return to Risk Ratio (Sharpe Ratio) = 1.79 or 1.68 compared to S&P500=0.25 Alpha compared to AGG = 62% Strategy performance 2008-2013 Black - Top one Bond Rotation Strategy Blue - Top two Bond Rotation Strategy Green - AGG iShares Core Total US Bond (4-5yr) Red - SPY SPDR S&P 500 The Bond strategy ETFs [...]

2017-04-28T16:16:05+00:00 By |7 Comments