Quant strategies: 2017 Performance

In today’s post I present full year 2017 performance stats for the various quant strategies that I cover on the blog. Let’s get started. Below are the 2017 full year total return and max drawdown numbers for the various quant strategies I track. For explanations of the various quant strategies see the portfolios page. All equity portfolios consist of 25 stocks and…

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Tactical Asset Allocation Performance In 2017

It’s that time of year to update the performance stats of investment systems. In this post, I’ll cover various Tactical Asset Allocation strategies and how they performed in 2017. Let’s jump right in. As usual, I’m using data from the great folks at Allocate Smartly. 2017 was definitely a risk-on year for world-wide risk assets. In particular equities. The higher…

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Happy Holidays and Thank you!

Happy Holidays! Just wanted to drop a quick post with some great links and thoughts for the end of the year. But first I wanted to give a big thank you to all my readers. As I approach my 8th year of writing this blog I have a lot to be thankful for. It’s been quite a journey so far…

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Economic Pulse Newsletter Changes and Pricing For 2018

With a month to go in 2017, I have some upcoming enhancements to the Economic Pulse Newsletter that I’d like to announce. If this is the first time you hear about the newsletter you can learn all about it here. There’s even a little screencast I did explaining the concepts behind the letter. The changes will go into effect at…

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Momentum: the most powerful factor

Today I want to talk about momentum. I’m always struck by the hand wringing I see from investors as prices reach new highs. This seems particularly evident over the last year during a great run for stocks. This is odd when you look at the historical evidence for momentum. Momentum is the most powerful factor in investing by a significant…

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TAA: choosing your first strategy

Tactical Asset Allocation (TAA) strategies have come a long way in the last few years. From a small corner of the financial blogosphere to basking in broad daylight. I’d like to think I had a small role to play in that but really it’s the result of the amazing work done by the likes of Meb Faber, Gary Antonacci, the…

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Using economic indicators to improve quant performance

In today’s post I’m going to present how using a simple economic indicator can increase returns and lower drawdowns in quant portfolios. I’ve alluded to this in many of my quant posts in the past. Here I present the results of such an approach across a range of quant portfolios. Let’s jump right in. For background on using economic indicators…

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Introducing The Economic Pulse Newsletter

Preface: This post is an introduction to my new newsletter. Actually I did a soft launch about a month ago that you may have seen me mention. I’ve copied the newsletter about page below. It’s taken me a long time to get to this point. About 8 years. It’s been a journey from a fundamental discretionary investor to a 100%…

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Quant strategies: Q3 2017 YTD performance update

Q3 2017 is now behind us. Time to update some performance numbers. In this post I update the quant portfolio performance stats for through Q3 2017. Below are the 2017 YTD total return (through Sep 30, 2017) and max drawdown numbers for the various quant strategies I track. For explanations of the various quant strategies see the portfolios page. All equity portfolios…

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TAA vs buy and hold in overvalued markets (CAPE > 30 edition)

Personal note: Sorry for the long delay from posting. I had a death in the family this summer, a big overseas family wedding, and I’ve been working on getting my newsletter released, which I’ll announce in a later post. Now, I’m back. I was thinking this morning that with the increasing talk of market valuation, bubbles, etc. it would be…

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