This page will not necessarily be kept up to date with each signal.
Most recent signal
- Sell on Monday, September 10, 2018
My algorithm thinks the global market has weakened.
My BullSignals algorithm generates "buy" and "sell" signals for the stock index. The goal is to get out of the market during weak periods of high volatility, to minimize losses (maximum drawdown). The primary goal is risk avoidance, but not necessarily outperformance.
Note: the following performance data is out of date
Below, I calculate 3 year annual returns to 2018-06-20 using two different BullSignals strategies, including dividends and interest when sitting in cash. CAGR = compound annual growth rate, and Maximum drawdown is the worst loss seen, from local high to low.
Humble Canadian Edition
In the Humble Canadian Edition, the "buy" signal indicates it's time to buy XIU (stock) and the "sell" signal indicates it's time to sell XIU. At each point, you would switch with XSB (cash-like).
The goal of the strategy is to perform about the same as XIU, but with milder maximum drawdowns. This is a conservative investment that gives stock market exposure, hopefully with less risk. NOTE: there are no guarantees, and this is experimental.
3-Year Performance, Humble Canadian Edition
Unfortunately, the strategy has significantly underperformed XIU. However, it has reduced risk and drawdown as desired. Hopefully, performance will increase from here.
Moderate Greed Edition
Previously, I described an "Extreme Greed Edition", but that strategy blew up. Starting with this update, I will switch to a new Moderate Greed Edition which I think is more sustainable.
In the Moderate Greed Edition, the "buy" signal indicates it's time to buy SSO (a 2x leverage ETF) and the "sell" signal indicates it's time to sell SSO. At each point, you would switch with MINT (cash-like).
The goal of the strategy is to leverage and outperform SPY (the S&P 500) without catastrophic performance loss during rough markets. Normally, leverage provides outperformance until volatility wipes out or destroys the approach. NOTE: this strategy is very risky and there will be sharp drawdowns. We hope to avoid catastrophic losses and generally outperform SPY, but there are no guarantees. This is experimental.
3-Year Performance, Moderate Greed Edition
The strategy is doing OK but not great through the recent volatility of 2018. If the bull market continues, hopefully the performance will exceed SPY's. If the bull market ends, then performance will suffer, but the downside protection might help us survive.