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This Strategy Profile page provides you with an introduction to our NASDAQ Persistent Profits (1 ETF - QQQ/Defensive) Strategy (abbreviated as "NPP-1") and a preview of its many features and benefits. On this page you'll find comprehensive data and detailed charts providing this quantitative strategy's historical and recent performance, its robust, profitable performance during the Financial Crisis, information documenting its exceptionally high Risk-Adjusted Return.
You'll also get a clear accounting of the significant benefits that accrue to investors using this model's systematic guidance – while eschewing the old-style, discredited discretionary investing approach based on error-prone human judgments.
This chart shows the consistent, annual performance of about 28% for our NASDAQ Persistent Profits (1 ETF - QQQ/Defensive) Strategy:
KEY: The red line is the NASDAQ Persistent Profits (QQQ/Defensive) STRATEGY performance since inception.
The blue line shown as the benchmark is a buy-and-hold of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY).
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With a conservative Annualized Return of about 27% for the Nasdaq Persistent Profits Strategy, this model produces a total profit of more than Quadruple the 5.49% Annualized Return for a buy-and-hold of its benchmark, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), since the inception of this model (July 1, 2007). For a limited time only, we are offering this high-performance model for just $19 per month.
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The NASDAQ Persistent Profits (QQQ/TLT) Strategy is designed to produce consistent, persistently positive investment profits in all types of market environments. The strategy will always holds one ETF—either the iShares Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQ) when conditions are constructive for gains—or one of several Defensive ETFs, including the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), the iShares 1-3 Year Treasurey Bond ETF (SHY) when the economy begins contracting at the end of a business cycle or the market declines from overbought conditions.
This unique NASDAQ-100 (QQQ)-based investment system provides subscribers with an alternative to buying-and-holding the often volatile NASDAQ or technology-based stocks or ETFs – avoiding deep drawdowns to achieve more stable performance and attain a total return since inception that is more than twenty-times (2,000%) the return of "the market," usually represented by the S&P 500 Index ($SPX). In less than 14 years, every $100,000 invested became $2.6 million (compared to $332k for the S&P 500 ($SPX).
Despite the far higher performance, this strategy accomplishes those gains with much lower risk, documented by its Risk-Adjusted Return (RAR) The model's Sharpe Ratio is a sky-high 1.87 and the Sortino Ratio of 2.97 (compared to 0.62 and 0.80, respectively for the S&P 500 ETF, SPY), with trades having more than six months between and with no money-losing years.
The NASDAQ PERSISTENT PROFITS strategy accomplishes this exceptional performance with NO LEVERAGED or INVERSE ETFs. The two primary ETFs used in this model (QQQ and TLT) may be available for use by European Union investors concerned with PRIIP regulations. No leveraged or derivative components are used in this model.
UNIVERSE: The primary way the NASDAQ Persistent Profits Strategy outperforms the overall market or buy-and-hold approaches is by accurately selecting QQQ during expansionary (bullish) market environments and choosing TLT during contractionary periods. During times when neither of these ETFs are appropriate (such as during intense, sideways volatility in a trendless market), the model may hold the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) as a proxy for cash. While the switches this strategy makes appear easy at first glance, millions of investors have lost their shirts trying to accomplish the same task. In other words, it's easy to imagine but exceptionally difficult to execute.
The NASDAQ Persistent Profits (QQQ/TLT) Strategy provides subscribers with an alternative to buying-and-holding the NASDAQ 100 ETF (QQQ) – side-stepping drawdowns and achieving far superior performance with a total return since inception that is more than ten-times (1,081%) the return of the market, represented by the S&P 500 ETF (SPY). In less than 14 years, every $100,000 invested in this model became $2.6 million (compared to $332k for the S&P 500).
The NASDAQ Persistent Profits (1 ETF) Strategy generates a very steady Average Annuallized Return (AR) of about 27-28% per year, with an Average Annual Max Drawdown (AAMDD) of just -11.60%. Since 2007, the strategy has 71% winning trades, which is exceptionally high when compared to peers. Despite its far greater performance, this strategy is still quite conservative, with a Risk-Adjusted Return (RAR) of 1.77 (Sharpe) and 2.70 (Sortino) – compared to 0.49 and 0.64, respectively, for the S&P 500 ETF (SPY). Trades occur less than twice per year (5.33 month avg. hold time).
The reason the market is such a challenge for investors is because their emotions and subconscious biases sabotage their efforts. There is an entire field of academic study—called Behavioral Finance—focused on classic human errors surrounding matters of money. A systematic investment model such as the NASDAQ Persistent Profits Strategy addresses these stumbling blocks by using advanced quantitative algorithms to determine the proper ETF holding at any given time. Our models are exceptionally profitable – as long as you follow them to the letter!
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PERFORMANCE: The result of accurate position rotation is a NASDAQ Persistent Profits (1 ETF) Strategy that generates a very steady Average Annualized Return (AR) of about 27% per year, with an Average Annualized Max Drawdown (AAMDD) of just -8.2%. The strategy has an average of about 75% winning trades since inception. For further information on essential statistics, please see the Performance Statistics section just below.
Our abbreviated name for this strategy is 'NPP-1.'
Data sources: Performance Statistics; Portfolio123, Standard & Poors Global Market Intelligence,
Compustat, S&P Capital IQ, St. Louis Federal Reserve.
Inception: July 1, 2007
Rebalance Frequency: Weekly
Weighting: 100% in 1 ETF (either EQUITY or DEFENSIVE, depending on conditions)
Benchmark: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)
(Higher is better)
Strategy Total Return since Inception: 2,187%
Strategy Avg. Annual Return (avg. per year since inception): 27.35%
Benchmark S&P 500 ETF (SPY) Total Return since inception: 176.02%
Benchmark (SPY) Annualized Return since inception: 7.74%
Financial Crisis & Recovery Return: 417.62% (see "Financial Crisis Performance' below)
Avg. Yearly Percentage of Winning Trades: 75%
Biggest Winner / Biggest Loser: 66.23% / -2.84%
Average Position Hold Time: 112.16 market sessions (about 5.61 months)
Winning Trades Held for an average of: 144.96 market sessions (7.25 months)
Losing Trades Held for an average of: 20.30 market sessions (1.02 months)
(Lower is better)
Number of Money-Losing Years: ZERO of 14 = 0%
Number of Profitable Years: 14 of 14 (100%)
Strategy's Average Annual Max Drawdown (AAMDD)**: -8.47%
Benchmark's (SPY) Average Annual Max Drawdown (AAMDD)**: -13.9%
Strategy's Absolute Max Drawdown (MDD): -11.60%
Benchmark's (SPY) Absolute Max Drawdown (MDD): -55.19% (Oct. 2007-March 2009)
Strategy's Standard Deviation: 12.88%
Annualized Alpha: 24.12%
(Higher is better)
Sharpe Ratio - Since Inception: 1.87 (Compare to Benchmark, SPY, at 0.60)
Sharpe Ratio - Last 3 Yrs: 2.49 (Compare to Benchmark, SPY, at 0.89)
Sortino Ratio - Since Inception: 2.97 (Compare to Benchmark, SPY, at 0.77)
Sortino Ratio - Last 3 Yrs: 3.87 (Compare to Benchmark, SPY, at 1.10)
(Our abbreviated name for this strategy is "PP-1")
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For all data above: *Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future returns. **Average Annual Max Drawdown (AAMDD) is the average of the worst peak-to-trough drawdowns each year since inception, which we believe is the best representation of the worst peak-to-trough declines you might experience as a subscriber in any given year. We also provide the Maximum Drawdown (MDD) figures, which are the very worst drawdown instance that has occurred since inception.
A smooth, steadily climbing performance chart: As you can see from this chart that runs from the strategy's inception on July 1, 2000 to present, the NASDAQ Persistent Profits (1 ETF) Strategy provides a steady and consistent, upward ascent of its equity curve. The NASDAQ Persistent Profits Strategy consistently identifies the market's regime – whether economic conditions are in expansion or contraction – and determines whether QQQ or a TLT is appropriate for current conditions. The model also selects This continuous assessment of conditions and rotation of its position keeps your money growing month after month, year after year.
In the charts below, the NASDAQ Persistent Profits (1 ETF) Strategy's performance is shown by the red line – while its benchmark, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), is represented by the blue line.
KEY: The blue line shown as the benchmark is a buy-and-hold of the S&P 500 Index.
The red line is the NASDAQ Persistent Profits (QQQ/TLT) STRATEGY performance since inception.
Note: The charts on this page are not logarithmic. Therefore, recent volatility shown in the top graph (% Return) appears far greater than past volatility, even if it is less in percentage terms. To accurately compare recent volatility to past volatility, please see the lower-half (% Drawdown) of each 2-part graph.
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It's easy to see from a glance that the NASDAQ Persistent Profits Strategy displays a smooth, steady and persistent upward climb in its equity curve – without significant drawdowns. Here's a summary of the strategy's performance:
Average Annualized Return (2003-2019): 27%
Average Annual Max Drawdown: -8.21%
Average Annual Overall Winners: 69%
Winning Years: 14 of 14 (100%)
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To demonstrate how the ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy protects you from severe market losses while achieving exceptional performance, the best example we can provide is the model's performance during the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis.
The S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which consists of 500 of America's premier companies, began declining in late 2007, then continued downward throughout all of 2008 and through early-2009, losing -55% of its value by the time it had bottomed on March 9, 2009. Meanwhile, the ETFOptimize ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy had switched to profitable, Defensive ETF positions and stayed with those positions. As stocks declined through the market bottom in March 2009, the model at no time operated at a loss and was showing a 12% profit at the market low. By the time the S&P 500 had recovered all its losses over the subsequent 3.5 years, the ULTIMATE Strategy had outperformed the market by more than 366%!
The Left Chart below presents the Ultimate COMBO Strategy from the 2007 High to the Financial Crisis low. The downturn began at the October 9. 2007 high and continued with a drop of -56.78% in the S&P 500 at the trough of the Financial Crisis on March 9, 2009. You can see that our Persistent Profits Strategy moved in an upward assent the entire time the market was declining – during the worst 18 months for the stock market in a generation.
The Right Chart below shows the entirety of the tempestuous tale – from the beginning of the Financial Crisis through its low and the subsequent 3.5 years required for recovery. This period is an excellent way to show how our ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy would have performed for you during these extreme conditions – providing a return of 366% to prudent investors who followed the Ultimate Combo model decisions as it switched at the optimum time from Equity ETFs to Defensive ETFs – then back from Defensive ETFs to Equity ETFs.
The ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy more than QUADRUPLED investor's funds during the Financial Crisis, turning a $100,000 investment into $517,623 in five years, while a buy-and-hold investor in America's premier companies (represented by the S&P 500 ETF) lost more than half of their assets in 18 months and required another 3.5 years to recover that loss (shown by the chart on the right) and get back to 0%.
2007 High to Financial Crisis Low – From the October 9, 2007 pre-Financial Crisis high to its low on March 9, 2009, this strategy's benchmark, the S&P 500 ETF (SPY), lost -55.19%. Meanwhile, the NASDAQ Persistent Strategy subscribers watched the devastation unfold WITHOUT worrying about loss of their financial assets. Instead, by the March 9 low, our NASDAQ Strategy had gained 11.69% – beating the market by 74% and with 70% winning trades.
2007 High to Financial Crisis Low and 5-Year Recovery – This strategy's benchmark, the S&P 500 ETF (SPY), descended from the pre-Financial Crisis high on October 9, 2007 through its low on March 9, 2009 – dropping -55.19%. Then SPY required a total of five long years to get back to breakeven – a 0% return. Meanwhile, our NASDAQ Strategy returned 418% – turning an investor's savings of $100k into $517, 624 – while most investors gained NOTHING over those five long years.
Eliminating significant market declines and the recovery time required is one of several ways the ETFOptimize strategies produce considerable outperformance. Our NASDAQ Persistent Profits Strategy combines a variety of uncorrelated defensive approaches to make sure that losses are minimized, including holding cash, cash-proxy ETFs, inverse ETFs, or defensive ETFs (bonds, gold, etc.)
Our NASDAQ Persistent Profits Strategy uses a sophisticated set of rules-based algorithms, made from a composite of as many as 38 key indicators (from the fields of macroeconomics, stock fundamentals, sentiment, and technical signals) to consistently and accurately rotate to the optimum nine ETFs at all times, thereby producing a steady, ever-climbing equity curve and eliminating investor stress. This strategy, which combines five of our core – uncorrelated – investment models, has produced a total return of about 2,665% in 13.5 years – more than 16 TIMES greater than the total return of the market (SPDR S&P 500 ETF - SPY).
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CALENDAR YEAR PERFORMANCE – BAR CHART
Yearly Performance Bar Chart: This chart tracks each strategy's performance for each calendar year since inception. You can see in the chart below that the performance of the NASDAQ Persistent Profits (QQQ/TLT) Strategy (red bars) has been profitable every year (indicated by red bars being above 0%), and in 12 of 14 years, the strategy (red bars) outperformed its S&P 500 benchmark (indicated by the strategy's red bars extending above the benchmark's blue bars).
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This table shows the NASDAQ-Persistent Profits Strategy's trading record since inception for Winning, Losing, and Total trades, as well as Realized (Closed) and Unrealized (still held) ETFs.
– Winning Trades stands near 80%, which is exceptionally high – even for a highly effective ETFOptimize strategy. High ratios for Winners-to-Losers is a proven recipe for a highly successful investment strategy. Also, the biggest winning trade gained 66.23% while the worst losing trade only declined by -2.84%.
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One of the most important measures of the effectiveness of an investment approach is its
Risk-Adjusted Return, commonly measured by the Sharpe Ratio or Sortino Ratio. These metrics show the ratio of an investment's performance to its volatility. The Sharpe Ratio measures performance against all volatility, while the Sortino Ratio measure performance against downside volatility only. Investors are prone to making emotionally based, injurious decisions when volatility gets high, so the industry has labeled this factor as 'risk.' A strategy with a high Risk-Adjusted Return is one that provides excellent upside performance with low volatility.
Notice the dramatic outperformance of this strategy when
those two ratios are compared to the strategy's benchmark - a buy-and-hold of the S&P 500-EW ETF (RSP). Since the inception of this strategy, the Sharp Ratio of the S&P 500-EW ETF (RSP) is 0.59 while its Sortino Ratio is 0.76 – compared to 1.12 and 1.75 (at the time of this writing) for this strategy. You can also see from the last entry on the bottom-right side of the table showing Alpha % (average annual outperformance of a portfolio compared to the performance of its benchmark) that this strategy outperforms the S&P 500 by an average of more than 15% per year! The actual, year-by-year outperformance is shown in the "Performance Stats - Yearly" table (above).
Sophisticated algorithms in the NASDAQ Persistent Profits strategy consistently selects the optimum ETF for conditions from a 2-ETF Universe, consisting of the Invesco NASDAQ 100 ETF (QQQ) and the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), representing equities and fixed-income assets, respectively.
Both of the assets in this strategy's universe (QQQ and TLT) are very popular, widely-traded ETFs and subscribers should be able to enter and exit the trades with ease. The spread on QQQ is usually 0.00% and the spread on TLT averages only 0.01%. Nearly instantaneous fills on each trade is the norm for individual investors with personal portfolios of as much as $50-$100 million. If you are investing more than $100 million when following the trades recommended by this model or if you are an investment advisor with cumulative client assets greater than $100 million, please contact us for additional suggestions on the lowest-cost ways to accomodate your transaction needs.
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