- Monthly strategy performance table
- A look inside our strategy development process
- A Proposal on listing all sub-strategies
- Eropean based investors and U.S. ETFs
Strategy Performance – Moderate gains on Equity rebound
Most of our strategies were positive as the market rebounded from last month’s selloff.
Logical Invest Strategy development process – A look inside
Our philosophy in portfolio construction is controlling risk via diversification and hedging.
Here is our typical construction process for a strategy such as the NASDAQ 100 strategy :
Part I – Building the Equity part
- We create a pure momentum sub-strategy called NASDAQ 100 Leaders Strategy. This strategy picks the strongest performers from the NASDAQ group.
- We create a lower volatility sub-strategy, the NASDAQ 100 Low volatility. This strategy picks more stable performers and is somewhat more conservative.
- We create a ‘parent’ strategy that allocates between the two depending on the market environment. This is the NASDAQ 100 Balanced unhedged Strategy. In essence it gauges the market environment every month and then picks between the aggressive Leaders strategy or the low-vol strategy.
Part 2 – Building the Hedge part
- We now create the hedge, which itself is a strategy called the Hedge strategy. It consists of two sub-strategies. A gold and a Treasury based sub-strategy.
- The gold-currency-strategy-ii manages allocation to gold or a short term market fund (GSY). It can be 100% in gold or 100% in GSY (which is similar to cash) or anywhere in between.
- The Treasury Hedge manages allocation to Treasuries and can pick between long term Treasuries (TLT), inflation protected Treasuries (TIP) and a short term market fund (GSY).
- The Hedge Strategy allocates between the two sub-strategies depending on market conditions.
Finally, these two parts, the Equity and the Hedge are combined into the final strategy the NASDAQ 100 strategy.
In essence the sub-strategies that make up the NASDAQ 100 are:
Accessing all strategies
Although we like to protect capital, our ‘LI-made’ strategies shine when there is trouble in the markets. Historically, most of the time, markets are in bullish mode so our (non-leveraged) strategies may under-perform, in the medium term, holding the SP500. Or in our example the NASDAQ 100 index.
We are considering giving users direct access to all sub-strategies. This would allow to pick, choose and combine them as you sit fit. For example you could choose to follow the standard NASDAQ 100 strategy or choose to be bold and just pick the NASDAQ 100 Leaders (non-hedged) version.
We have posted a temporary page with a list of all current sub-strategies:
Let us know what you think in our forum.
Europeans and U.S. based ETFs
Due to reasons discussed before, E.U. citizens do not have access to U.S. based ETFs. Nowdays, there are more liquid, E.U./UCITS based ETFs that you can use.
But if you are keen on investing in the U.S ETF market, a solution is to trade CFD’s via Interactive Brokers*. We have found the spreads to be similar to trading the actual ETFs, usually $0.01 for liquid ETFs. Keep in mind that CFD’s can be abused as they give access to leverage. !!Do not use leverage!! Use CDFs as a substitute to the corresponding ETF and use the same notional positions as you would with a standard stock/ETF account. Leverage is what causes the majority of retail investors to loose when using CFD products.
* We have no affiliation with Interactive Brokers and do not recommend any broker over another.
* If you are curious about the article’s featured image, read how the Arctic temperature rose 70 degrees (40 degrees celcius) above normal.
The Logical-Invest team.