Introduction 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% systematic investor as you’re probably well aware if you’ve been a blog reader for a while. The newsletter will be in addition to the other things I do here on the blog; TAA, Quant, SWRs, etc. I’m not going to … Continue reading

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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 consist of 25 stocks and were formed at the end of 2016. No changes in the holdings since that time (except for the TAA Bond strategy and the Pure Momentum strategy which re-balance every 4 weeks). Like last quarter’s post … Continue reading

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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 a good time to revisit my post on TAA vs buy and hold in overvalued markets from 5 months ago. Read that post for a background on the analysis I did below. Since we’re at a new level in CAPE … Continue reading

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Quant investing: getting the big things right

Keep it sweet and simple. That’s the fit-for-publishing version of KISS. And it is critical for being successful in the long term with quant investing. The biggest mistake I see new quant investors make is over complicating things. This just leads to failure. By focusing on a few high impact factors a quant strategy can still significantly outperform while being relatively easy to maintain. In today’s post I will present a KISS quant strategy has provided plenty of outperformance while being easy to maintain. Before I dive into the KISS quant strategy let me throw some stats at you. I … Continue reading

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Quant investing: the profitability factor

What would you think of a quant strategy that only invests in the most profitable companies? Would it under perform the market or beat the market? If you’re an efficient market person you may think that higher profitability must be priced into equities and therefore at best the strategy would match the market. Not so. Turns out that profitability is quite a durable factor and is only beaten by momentum and value. In this post I’ll take a look at some of the data on the profitability factor and how it can be applied in a simple quant strategy. First, … Continue reading

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Portfolio sheets are back

Quick note. I have now embedded the Google sheets that contain the GTAA13, AGG3, AGG6, and Antonacci GEM, DMFI portfolios directly on the blog. I have upgraded the Google code a bit and implemented auto sort so they should be a bit more robust than in the past. Let’s hope Google cooporates. These are informational only. I don’t do any other tracking of these portfolios other than this. I highly recommend Allocate Smartly for detailed tracking and performance reporting. The sheets are sub menu items in the Portfolios Menu above. Here are the direct links. GTAA Based Portfolios Antonacci Based … Continue reading

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Quant strategies: 1H 2017 performance update

It’s time to get back to talking about quant portfolios. I haven’t posted on any quant related stuff in a while. Doesn’t mean anything. I’ve just been focused on other things. And my quant portfolios require very little maintenance so once they’re up and running there is not much to do. At least there shouldn’t be much to do. The temptation to fiddle and tweak is quite strong but usually leads to worse results in my experience. Anyway I have some more quant posts coming out over the next few weeks which will kind of re-balance the postings in the … Continue reading

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Mapping the pros: composite economic indicators – july 2017

In today’s post I’ll update the composite indicator heat map for July. See this post for an introduction to the composite indicators and the heat map. Below is the composite indicator heat map as of Friday, June 30, 2017. We’ve added in release dates for any indicators that have not been reported yet for the month of May. In general, we have the same picture as last month. All the composite economic indicators are showing green confirming what the individual economic indicators were telling us earlier this month. We have had some weakening in the indicators, especially the higher frequency ones like BCI … Continue reading

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Mapping the top economic indicators – june 2017

Before I start today’s post, I’d like to announce my plans for an economic trends newsletter. The newsletter will expand on the topics and concepts of using economic indicators to track the economy and more importantly to improve investing results through their use in quant or TAA investing systems. I’m looking for a handful or so of beta testers to flesh out the details of the newsletter for a few months before it goes live. If you’re interested drop me an email. On to today’s post… In this post we’ll update the top 6 economic indicators as of mid June 2017. The … Continue reading

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Mapping the pros: composite economic indicators – june 2017

In today’s post I’ll update the composite indicator heat map for June. See this post for an introduction to the composite indicators and the heat map. I’ll also introduce a new composite indicator based on the COMP system I introduced here. Below is the composite indicator heat map as of Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The composite indicator heat map is all green for this month. No imminent recession is signaled. This confirms what the more timely individual indicators and the COMP indicator are telling us. When the composite score exceeds 62 the scoreboard will flash yellow and when it exceeds 106 it will go red. The composite … Continue reading

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