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The ULTIMATE COMBO-6 STRATEGY provides investors with the ASOLUTE BEST OF ALL OUR WORK! By combining the best selections from SIX different high-performance quantitative investment approaches, we obtain the highest performance features of each model, while subduing any negative tendancies. Also, by using multiple models desgned to avoid risk and losses from many different angles, the drawdowns are reduced to phenomenally low levels. For example, the Ultimate Combo-6 Strategy has a Phenomenally Low Risk-Adjusted Return (Sortino) of a whopping 3.09! That's the highest Risk-Adjusted Return we've ever seen over such a long period of time (13 years)!
This Strategy Profile page provides you with an introduction to our ULTIMATE COMBO-6 Strategy and a preview of its many features and benefits. On this page, you'll find comprehensive data and detailed charts showing the ULTIMATE model's performance sicne inception.
This Premium Strategy is a combination of six core ETFOptimize investment strategies that have all been operating out-of-sample (live) since July 1, 2007 (before the Financial Crisis). There are many significant benefits that accrue to an investor using this model's systematic guidance—while eschewing yesteryear's discretionary (opinion-based) investment approaches haunted by error-prone human judgment and emotion.
To duplicate this model’s performance, we urge subscribers to follow the recommendations to-the-letter—without second-guessing or deviation from its choices. With your model’s decisions based on probabilities, it can’t avoid the occasional losing trade, but often a quantitative model will make non-intuitive decisions that turn out to be highly profitable.
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By combining six core investment strategies into one, the subscriber gets non-correlated timing of trades (from varying methods of risk assessment and market exposure) and non-correlated ETFs (from different ETF-Universes defined for each model). The inherent non-correlated nature of this combination provides the subscribing investor with a more consistent growth of assets (smooth equity curve), more limited drawdowns (peak-to-trough declines), and steady, robust performance that is sure to get you to your financial objective.
This chart shows the performance of our ULTIMATE 6-MODEL COMBO STRATEGY since inception:
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Our Strategy Profile (preview) pages provide investors with a weekly updated preview of the actual performance of our Premium Strategies. Many of the charts and tables in this Profile page come from the same tables and charts you will find in your Premium Strategy page after you subscribe. This Profile page, of course, does not include Recent Changes, Current Holdings, Closed Positions, or Transaction information. When you subscribe, these are the critical details you'll receive that will enable you to replicate our returns.
With a conservative Annualized Return of about 30% for the ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy, its Total Return is more than 17-TIMES the Annualized Return for a buy-and-hold of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) since inception (2,963% to 173%). And by providing you with a diversified set of non-correlated strategies, this model achieves the lowest Maximum Drawdown of all our models—at a drawdown of only -8% on average and only -13% in its worst drawdown since inception (five-week drawdown that began Oct. 5, 2012).
For a limited-time only, we are offering this strategy for just $800 per year. That's a 33% discount off the cost of subscribing to each of the six strategies separately as monthly subscriptions, and 20%-off the price of each of the six annual subscriptions combined.
Why not sign up now and put this dynamic, 6-Premium-Strategy Combo model to work for you with consistent gains year-after-year? We think you’ll agree it’s money spent prudently, probably paying for itself in the first month or two—and perhaps 1,000-times more!
If you have questions about this—or any of our other strategies, please contact us for prompt help.
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We designed the ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy to produce consistent, persistently positive investment profits in multiple market environments. The strategy holds up to 9 ETFs from 6 Core ETFOptimize Premium Strategies. However, it may hold fewer ETFs if more than one strategy selects the same position. For example, during bear markets our S&P 500 Conservative Strategy and the NASDAQ Persistent Profits Strategy will both hold the iShares 20+ year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT).
Combining Six Uncorrelated Models
The most significant advantage that the Ultimate Combo Strategy delivers is a low correlation between each of our models. Here is a correlation matrix of this model’s 6 Premium Strategy components compared to one another (lower numbers mean less correlation and more diversification). A perfect symmetry between two models would have a corelation of 1.0:
When conditions are constructive for gains, the holdings will consist of Equity ETFs, leveraged Equity ETFs, or aggressive Fixed Income ETFs. When the economy begins contracting at the end of a business cycle or the market corrects from extremely overbought conditions, the ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy will switch most of its positions to either Defensive Equity ETFs (such as GLD, XLU, XLV, XLP, etc.), Fixed Income ETFs (TLT, BND, AGG, etc.), Cash Proxy ETFs (SHY, SHV, BIL, etc.), or Alternative Defensive ETFs (SDY, VNQ, DVY, MOAT, etc.) that are designed to avoid declines or move the opposite direction from equities.
The ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy provides subscribers with an alternative to buying-and-holding market-based ETFs or a discretionary investment approach – thereby avoiding drawdowns and achieving far superior performance with a total return since inception that is more than sixteen (16.8) times the return of the market, represented by the S&P 500 ETF (SPY). In 13 years, $100,000 invested in this model's recommendations became $3 million (compared to $262k for the S&P 500 ETF).
Despite the far higher performance, this strategy accomplishes its gains with much lower risk, documented by its Risk-Adjusted Return (RAR) Sortino Ratio at an exceptionally high 3.09 and Sharpe Ratio of 2.11 (compared to 0.69 and 0.53, respectively, for the S&P 500 ETF – SPY). There is an average of about six months between trades across all holdings (with an average range of 1.67 months to 13.45 months from each contributing model), and with no money-losing years. The annualized Alpha (how much it beats the market, on average) of this strategy averages an amazing 25.87% each year.
UNIVERSE: The ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy outperforms the overall market in two ways: 1) by accurately selecting the optimum set of equity ETFs during expansionary (bullish) periods and selecting the optimum defensive ETFs during contractionary (bearish) periods, and 2) by managing risk using six different strategies. While this sounds easy on its face, millions of investors have lost their shirts trying to accomplish this same task. It's an easy concept to articulate—but incredibly difficult to execute in the real world when it comes to human beings and matters of money.
The team of Quantitative Design professionals at ETFOptimize have a combined 50-years of experience in solving the most difficult investment challenges using sophisticated, algorithmically configured trading strategies that produce profits under every condition imaginable. The ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy's performance is a reflection of this experience put into action for your benefit!
PERFORMANCE: The result of accurate position rotation is an ULTIMATE COMBO STRATEGY that generates a very steady Annualized Return (AR) of about 30% per year, with an avg. annualized Max Drawdown of only -8.74%. This combination produces our highest Risk-Adjusted Return, with a Sortino Ratio of a phenomenal 3.09! The strategy has an average of 72% winning trades since inception. For further information on this model's essential statistics, please see the Statistical Highlights section below.
Our abbreviated name for this strategy is 'ULT-6'
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: varies from 3% to 20% for 9 potential ETF positions
(Sometimes fewer ETFs are held if more than one model selects the same ETF.)
Benchmark: SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)
(Higher is better)
Total Return since Inception: 2,911.06%
Avg. Annual Return (avg. per year since inception): 30.11%
Benchmark S&P 500 ETF (SPY) Total Return since inception: 173.55%
Benchmark (SPY) Annualized Return since inception: 6.86%
Financial Crisis & Recovery Return: 366% (see "Financial Crisis Performance' below)
Avg. Yearly Percentage of Winning Trades: 72%
Average Position Hold Time: 118 market sessions (about 5.9 months)
(Lower is better)
Number of Money-Losing Years: ZERO of 13 = 0%
Number of Profitable Years: 13 of 13 (100%)
Strategy's Average Annual Max Drawdown (AAMDD)**: -8.21%
Benchmark's (SPY) Average Annual Max Drawdown (AAMDD)**: -13.9%
Strategy's Absolute Max Drawdown (MDD): -13.30% (Oct. 5, 2012-Nov. 15, 2012)
Benchmark's (SPY) Absolute Max Drawdown (MDD): -55.19% (Oct. 9, 2007-March9, 2009)
Strategy's Standard Deviation: 12.87%
Annualized Alpha: 25.87%
(Higher is better)
Sortino Ratio - Since Inception: 3.09 (Compare to Benchmark, SPY, at 0.69)
Sortino Ratio - Last 3 Yrs: 2.73 (Compare to Benchmark, SPY, at 0.71)
Sharpe Ratio - Since Inception: 2.11 (Compare to Benchmark, SPY, at 0.53)
Sharpe Ratio - Last 3 Yrs: 2.04 (Compare to Benchmark, SPY, at 0.56)
(Our abbreviated name for this strategy is "ULT-6")
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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 the chart below, running from the strategy's inception on July 1, 2007 to present, the ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy provides a steady and consistent upward ascent of its equity curve.
The six Premium Strategy models contributing to the Ultimate Combo Strategy consistently identify the market's regime – determining whether economic conditions are in expansion or in contraction – and use as many as 38 different data sets to establish the level of market exposure that is appropriate for current conditions.
This model also selects the appropriate ETFs for near-term conditions. Rather than forecasting, our models are NOW-Casting to remove the human errors and faulty assumptions that are inherent to all forecasts of the future. This continuous assessment of conditions and rotation of positions (avg. hold time is about 5.9 months) keeps your investment funds growing year after year.
With a compound annual growth rate of about 30%, this easy-to-use strategy provides you with more than quadruple (405%) the average return of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) benchmark, and according to data provided by Morningstar, the model outperforms 100% of mutual funds in the last 3, 5, 10, and 20 year periods. Since inception in July 2007, the ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy has outperformed its benchmark (the SPDR S&P 500 ETF; SPY) every year since inception and has never experienced a money-losing year.
In the charts below, the ULTIMATE COMBO 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 red line shows the ULTIMATE COMBO STRATEGY performance since inception (07/01/2007).
The blue line is the benchmark buy-and-hold of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY).
Note: The charts on this page are not logarithmic. Therefore, recent volatility shown in the top window (% Return) appears significantly greater than past volatility, even if it is actually less in percentage terms. To accurately compare current volatility against past volatility, please see the lower-half ('% Drawdown') of each 2-pane chart.
Notice from the 2-year chart below that during the -34% selloff in the S&P 500 during March 2020, the 'Ultimate Combo Strategy' only declined about -7%. Moreover, it has outperformed the S&P 500 by about 28% during this period.
However, when you look at this period in the longer 'Since Inception' chart above, it looks like it could have been a more significant drawdown that at any time since inception. This is just an illusion that occurs because these charts are not logarithmic – so a recent drawdown will apear to be more significant than past drawdowns. You can see the ULT-9 Strategy avoided the same fate as the overall market by holding 9 uncorrelated ETFs – and making the appropriate exposure decisions and ETF selections every week since 2007.
KEY: The blue line shown as the benchmark is a buy-and-hold of the S&P 500 Index.
The red line is the ULTIMATE COMBO STRATEGY performance since inception.
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It's easy to see from a glance that the ULTIMATE COMBO STRATEGY displays a smooth, steady and persistent upward climb in its equity curve – without any significant drawdowns in the last—during a time when the market was extremely volatile. Here's a summary of the strategy's key performance metrics:
Average Annualized Return (from July 1, 2007 to mid-2020): 30.11%
Average Annual Max Drawdown: -8.74%
Average Annual Overall Winners: 72%
Winning Years: 13 of 13 (100%)
Years Outperforming S&P 500 ETF (SPY): 13 of 13 (100%)
Avg Hold Time: 118.04 sessions (about 5.9 months, with a range of 1.67 mo. to 13.45 mo. depending on the strategy)
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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 its performance during the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis.
The S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which consists of 500 of America's premier publicly traded companies, began declining in October 2007, then continued downward throughout all of 2008 and into early-2009 as America's leading corporations melted down, losing -55% of its value by the time it had bottomed on March 9, 2009. Meanwhile, the ETFOptimize ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy had switched to Defensive ETF positions as the downturn began. While the market declined, losing more than half its value through the nadir in March 2009, this model was showing a 12% profit. By the time the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) had recovered its losses in 2013, this strategy had produced a return of 366%!
The Left Chart below presents the 2007 High to Financial Crisis nadir (lowest point). The downturn began at the October 9, 2007 high and continued with a drop of -55.19% in the S&P 500 ETF at the trough of the market on March 9, 2000. You can see that our ULTIMATE COMBO STRATEGY moved in a steady, upward assent the entire time the market was declining – during the worst 18 months for the stock market in nearly a century.
The Right Chart below shows the entirety of the tempestuous tale – from the beginning of the Financial Crisis through its -55% loss and the S&P 500's recovery – taking five long years to get back to break-even. This period is an excellent way to show how our ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy performed during these extreme conditions – providing a return of 366% for prudent investors who followed our model's quantitative decisions as it consistently switched to the optimum ETFs at the appropriate time.
The ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy more than quadrupled investor's funds during the Financial Crisis and Recovery, turning a $100,000 investment into $465,984 during five of the most difficult years in history, 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) to get back to 0% - i.e., breakeven.
Which would you prefer – dead money over five years or nearly quintupling your investment dollars? The answer is self-evident, and is available to you now from our ULTIMATE COMBO STRATEGY.
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, ULTIMATE COMBO Strategy subscribers could have watched the devastation unfold WITHOUT worrying about loss of their financial security. Instead, by the March 9 low, our ULTIMATE COMBO-5 (9 ETF) STRATEGY had gained 12% – beating the market by 74% during this challenging time.
2007 High to Financial Crisis Low and 3.5-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 3.5 long years to return to breakeven. Meanwhile, our ULTIMATE COMBO (9 ETF) STRATEGY instead returned 365.98% (a 36% Annual Return) – turning an investor's savings of $100k into $465,985 – while the S&P 500 gained NOTHING (0%) over five long years.
Eliminating significant market declines and the recovery time required is one of several ways the ETFOptimize strategies produce considerable outperformance. Our ULTIMATE Combo-5 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 ULTIMATE COMBO 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 ULTIMATE COMBO-5 (9 ETF) STRATEGY (red bars) has been profitable every year (indicated by red bars being above 0%), and in 12 of 15 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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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 ETF (SPY). Since the inception of this strategy, the Sharp Ratio of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is 0.53 while its Sortino Ratio is 0.69 – compared to 2.11 and 3.09 (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 ETF (SPY) by an average of more than 25% per year! The actual, year-by-year outperformance is shown in the "Performance Stats - Yearly" table (above).
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UNEMOTIONAL, EFFICIENT INVESTMENT DECISIONS: Using an emotion-free, mathematically driven trading system enables you to ignore the financial media, with its click-bait market outlooks, coffee-fueled TV shysters, and hype-reliant internet frauds who attempt to surreptitiously hijack your wallet.
Instead, your weekly ETFOptimize Strategy Update will quietly provide you with the accurate intelligence you need, with detailed documentation of the optimal trades for each stategy's approach when they occur, details of your strategy's performance during multiple time-frames, and a comprehensive set of statistics so you can quickly check your progress toward achieving your financial goals. Subscribers can sleep soundly know that their strategy is always selecting the optimum positions for current conditions, and perhaps most advantageous of all – knowing that by design, there is very little risk of losing money in any given year.
EASY TO USE: The ETFOptimize investment strategies seek to minimize the number of trades needed to attain their high performance. For this strategy, the average hold time is 118 business days or about 5.9 months. When a transaction occurs, you receive straightforward recommendations that you can quickly execute with the click of a button at your broker's website. For investors who want to become familiar with each position, we provide a link to complete background data and a news stream of relevant news for each ETF held by the strategy.
The ETFOptimize strategies are unquestionably a breakthrough in the investment world – providing what legitimately may be the easiest way to attain substantial wealth through consistent compounding – with minimal risk. For investors, these strategies can be the "Holy Grail" – a simple, proven investment approach that significantly gains ground through both bull markets and bear markets alike.
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