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The Logical-Invest newsletter for August 2019

QuantTrader users: Please update your software! See instructions at the end of this newsletter.* Paradigm Shifts Ray Dalio of Bridgwater and “All Weather” portfolio fame has published a very interesting article. Entitled ‘Paradigm Shifts”, he takes a long term outlook and makes a case for gold: “….I have observed there to be relatively long of periods (about 10 years) in which the markets and market relationships operate in a certain way (which I call “paradigms”) … Read more

The Logical-Invest newsletter for July 2019

Up, up and up The FED is at it again! With Fed’s June 19 statement, expectations for three rate cuts were set, one possibly coming as soon as this month. This made the markets rally again erasing any previous losses and propelling the S&P 500 back to it’s previous high. The index seems to have priced in the move, which leaves us at a somewhat uncomfortable position: The possibility of the markets actually doing well … Read more

The Logical-Invest newsletter for June 2019

May 2019: Go-to-cash mechanism On last month’s newsletter we asked the question: Can the index (S&P 500) continue higher? The answer we gave is that we do not know so it best to follow rules and be protected. Last month our ‘go-to-cash’ mechanism kicked in. Most of our strategies allocated a large chunk to GSY, a short duration ETF which is almost equivalent to holding cash. This was somewhat counter-intuitive as the market reached new … Read more

The Logical-Invest newsletter for May 2019

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Recovery priced-In At the start of the year, markets were driven higher because of the more dovish Fed (see our previous newsletters “Thank You Fed I & II“). This is now priced in. On top of that markets pushed higher on hopes of a US-China trade agreement. This has now been partially priced-in as well. We are now in a situation where the S&P500 has completely reversed last year’s correction and has a year-to-date performance … Read more

The Logical-Invest newsletter for April 2019

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The Leveraged Universal Investment Strategy returns +13.3% for the month Free Enhanced Permanent Portfolio and BUG strategies return 3% and 2% Thank you FED (again) On March 20th the Federal Reserve announced that it will leave its benchmark rate unchanged at 2.25% to 2.50%, also indicating that no rate hikes would be likely this year. This is a substantial change in stance from December, when the Fed projected that as many as two rate hikes … Read more

The Logical-Invest newsletter for March 2019

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We updated our QuantTrader software to version 515S. Read about changes to our strategies. If you are using QuantTrader, this time you need to manually update it, please download from here.   Thank you FED These first two months of 2019 are a prime example of how sensitive markets have become to interest rate policy. Following the December move in the S&P 500 which painted a negative year for US Equities, Chairman Jerome Powell signaled … Read more

New QuantTrader version 515S available for download

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We have prepared a new version of QuantTrader which will be used to generate the Logical-Invest signals for the month of March. So please make sure you will use the new version from now on. If you are using the new version with your own strategies, you will need to re-optimize the strategies to get the same performance as with the old QuantTrader 514S version. When you do this you will probably to try out … Read more

Enhancing Harry Browne’s Permanent Portfolio strategy using ETFs and monthly rebalancing

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Enhancing Harry Browne’s Permanent Portfolio The Permanent Portfolio is a simple, diversified portfolio You can construct it using 3 ETFs: SPY, TLT and GLD We enhance it by allowing variable allocations and monthly rebalancing We offer a free subscription so you can implement it in your own account including 401k or IRA  What is the Permanent Portfolio by Harry Browne Harry Browne’s intention was to find a solution for the money “you need to take care … Read more

The Logical-Invest newsletter for February 2019

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Our top 3 strategies this past month: Leveraged Universal Investment strategy with +7.5% return. Maximum Yield strategy at +4.3% U.S. Sector strategy (free to subscribe) at +3.1% News: Alex’s new post describes the process of blending Portfolios (rather than Strategies or ETFs) using the Portfolio Builder. Bouncing into 2019 Three fundamental trends to watch as 2019 unfolds: The first trend includes the reversal of QE in the U.S, the end of the asset purchase program of … Read more

The Logical-Invest newsletter for January 2019

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Must reads: Frank Grossmann’s article “How to Hedge in Times of Market Trouble” (Seeking Alpha, LI Blog) 2019 strategy updates (LI Blog) Protecting your money After almost 10 years of a continuous bull market and 2 years of exceptional growth (2016-2017), 2018 was the first year that the SP500 turned negative. Apart from the dollar index, most asset classes also fell. To make things worse, the S&P500 dropped -20% from the September highs during what is … Read more