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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 September 2016

Special topic this month: Passive Investments Logical Invest Investment Outlook September 2016 Our top year-to-date strategies: The Leveraged Universal strategy with 39.09% return. The Maximum Yield strategy with 34.04% return.  The World Top 4 with 20.51% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 7.73%, year-to-date. New tools: The Online Custom Portfolio Builder The Consolidated Signals tool. Market comment: The summer market showed strength compared to its seasonal bias. The old saying "Sell in May and go away" did not hold up this year as SPY rose 5% and emerging markets jumped 8% during the summer. We are now moving into the fall season with the SPY near all time highs and the VIX index at very low levels. September and October have, historically, been good entry points for equity investors that led them to bullish end-of-year returns. This coupled with the election cycle are all market positive factors. Whether a correction materializes in the next two months is anyone's guess. Our strategies are partially hedged with treasuries and should be able to handle such a correction better than buy and hold. In regards to strategy performance, not much changed during August. Our top two strategies remained flat, holding on to their exceptional YTD returns of 34% for MYRS and 39% for 3x UIS. Our average return of all our strategies is at 16.7%. August's winner was the Bond Rotation strategy, adding 2%, reaching a very respectable 12% for the year. Interestingly TLT lost 1%, another example on how our BRS bond strategy is not always correlated to the long term Treasury ETF. Last month's BRS positions in emerging market credit (PCY) and U.S. high-yield (JNK) did pay off.  The worst performer was our Global Sector Rotation, loosing 3% for the month. For September we favour our BUG strategy, the World Top 4, the Gold-USD and our stable Universal Investment Strategy. All=Strategy subscribers can read about our new tools can help allocate across strategies. We wish you a healthy and profitable September. Logical Invest, August 31, 2016 Strategy [...]

2017-10-02T20:00:00+00:00 By |11 Comments

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for October 2016

Special topic: Passive Investment Logical Invest Investment Outlook October 2016 Our top year-to-date strategies: The Leveraged Universal strategy with 36.47% return. The Maximum Yield strategy with 36.37% return.  The World Top 4 with 19.82% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 7.74%, year-to-date. News: Introducing Richard´s Corner, a new Logical Invest User Community, moderated by Richard Manley. Richard is  a long time user and critical commenter of our services. Subjects range from making the best of your 401K , using Fidelity or Vanguard funds to using our various tools, including our new QUANTtrader software. Coming soon in QUANTtrader: Reduced pricing for non-professionals as well as AUM based pricing for smaller RIA's and managers. Market comment: Following a quiet summer, volatility has increased this past month. It was first introduced in the bond market as participants became concerned about an upcoming rate hike as well as the effectiveness of central bank policy. This was reflected in a sudden 4% drop in the 20-year Treasury ETF (TLT ) during the first few days of September. The SP500 (SPY) also had it's first 3% sharp correction since July. Both these ETFs have since recovered but uncertainty has remained due to upcoming U.S. elections, world politics as well as the deterioration of Europe's most prestigious bank. Most of our strategies remained flat for the month although some experienced a correction during the first week. The Nasdaq100 was the best performer with a 3.39% return followed by GMRS at 2.52%. Our worst performer was the aggressive 3x UIS losing 1.88% for the month. We wish you a healthy and profitable October in your Passive Investment. Logical Invest, October 1, 2016 Strategy performance overview (Visit our site for daily updated performance tables.) [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container] Logical Invest performance October 2016 Passive Investment Special topic Passive Investment Read how to apply our development backtest software QuantTrader as a DIY investor or passive investment advisor to create your own Passive Investment in just a couple of minutes. Contact [...]

2017-10-02T20:00:00+00:00 By |9 Comments

Permanent Portfolio – Will We Ever Kill The Bug?

An analysis of Harry Browne´s Permanent Portfolio and further enhancements towards:  A Permanent Portfolio ETF Rotation Strategy employing Momentum, Mean Reversion, and Volatility Targeting. It’s not just cars. It’s investment strategies like the permanent portfolio, too. Vintage "all-weather" investment strategies are often simple, easy to execute and give amble 'out-of-sample' data. In other words one can see how they performed in life years after they have been proposed. And like the VW bug, they are "safe" choices. Tried and true. Can you imagine a 1965 VW running in the Autobahn? Although the essence counts for a lot, for the car to survive at today's highway speeds the tech needs to be up to date. So let’s take my favourite oldie and bring it up to speed: Harry Browne’s Permanent Portfolio. The Permanent Portfolio by Harry Browne From Investopedia: … Browne believed that the four asset classes would thrive in one of the four possible macroeconomic scenarios that exist. Stocks would thrive during periods of economic prosperity. Bonds would do well in deflation and acceptably well during periods of prosperity. Gold during periods of high inflation would rapidly increase in value as the only true defence against a deteriorating currency. Cash would act as a buffer against losses during a routine recession or tight-money episode, and would act well in deflationary times. So let’s see how the original permanent portfolio Harry Browne first published has performed. The original rules of the All Weather Portfolio: 25% in a stock market Index ( S&P 500) 25% in Treasuries 25% in Gold. 25% in Cash or similar Not bad. Annual return is 7.1% and maximum draw-down comes in at 17.84% since 1992. For a far more detailed analysis of the so-called fail-save investment or permanent portfolio or "PP" you can see Gestaltu's excellent "PP Shakedown" [...]

2017-10-02T20:00:00+00:00 By |7 Comments

The Logical-Invest monthly newsletter for November 2016

Special Topic: IRA Investments using QuantTrader, our Backtest Software Logical Invest Investment Outlook November 2016 Our top year-to-date strategies: The Maximum Yield strategy with 32.61% return. The Leveraged Universal strategy with 21.42% return.   The World Top 4 with 17.66% return. SPY, the S&P500 ETF, returned 5.87%, year-to-date. Market comment: Recent surveys show that fund managers have increased cash positions1 while outflows from equity funds are at historically high levels2. From a contrarian point of view this could be considered market positive. There are two bullish seasonal biases kicking in: The presidential year is nearing an end and we are walking into the traditional strongest months of the year. The beginning of the month may be volatile as markets react to elction results. It remains to be seen how and if these results will affect the rest of the year. All our strategies corrected during October. Our hedged Gold strategy was almost flat at +0.17% while our aggressive 3x UIS suffered a -11.02% correction. The World Top 4 lost -1.80% while most other strategies lost anywhere from -2 to -4%. This was partly due to a sudden correction in Treasuries, causing  TLT to lose almost 5% for the month.  SPY was down -1.73% and GLD -2.74%. This type of rise in cross-asset correlation was seen in 2015. In the graph below you can see how TLT an GLD correlations to SPY turned positive in October. Correlations of TLT and GLD become positive end of October. We have found this type fo behaviour to correlate to a strengthening dollar. UUP the ETF that tracks the dollar index is up 3% for the month, a fairly large move, causing the index to approach towards it's 2015 highs. We are taking this into consideration even though the environment is quite different this year. While commodities and foreign markets were crashed by the 2015 dollar move, selected markets are showing tremendous strength, namely coal (KOL:+69% [...]

2017-10-02T20:00:00+00:00 By |4 Comments

Fail-Safe Investing – The “straight” BUG with no leverage

In a previous post we introduced our new investment strategy, the BUG. There has been a lot of interest but also some concerns when it comes to using leverage. We are introducing a version of the BUG for non-leveraged accounts.In this version we allocate amongst 6 ETFs: SPY, TLT, GLS, CWB, TIP and PCY. Again as in the original strategy we use these heuristics: Timing (using a simple average rule), Volatility Targeting (we reduce exposure to more volatile ETFs), Momentum (we reduce the size of the worst performer and add to the rest). We don’t employ short term mean reversion and we only trade up to 4 assets.

2017-10-02T20:00:00+00:00 By |8 Comments