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Momentum Portfolio Update

In 2011 Scott’s Investments began tracking a momentum portfolio which ranks a basket of ETFs based on price momentum and volatility.  In 2014 I also introduced a pure momentum system, which ranks the same basket of ETFs based solely on 6 month price momentum. The first portfolio was previously called the “ETFReplay.com Portfolio” but at the beginning of 2016 was renamed “Conservative Momentum Portfolio” (or “6/3/3 strategy”) to reflect some changes in the portfolio and tracking methodology for both portfolios detailed below.

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In previous years the Conservative Momentum Portfolio  began with a static basket of 14 ETFs.  The basket of 14 ETFs has been reduced to 10 ETFs. This change was made in order to further simplify the portfolio. The 10 ETFs are listed below:

RWX SPDR DJ International Real Estate
PCY PowerShares Emerging Mkts Bond
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets
VNQ Vanguard MSCI U.S. REIT
TIP iShares Barclays TIPS
VTI Vanguard MSCI Total U.S. Stock Market
GLD SPDR Gold Shares
TLT iShares Barclays Long-Term Trsry
SHY iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasry Bnd Fd

 

The ETFs are still ranked by 6 month total returns (weighted 40%), 3 month total returns (weighted 30%), and 3 month price volatility (weighted 30%). The top 3 are purchased  at the beginning of each month and if a holding drops out of the top 3 at the next month’s rebalance it will be replaced. Previously, the portfolio purchased the top 4 ETFs and only sold when a holding dropped out of the top 5. In addition, ETFs previously had to be ranked above the cash-like ETF (SHY) in order to be included in the portfolio. This requirement has been removed, so the top 3 ETFs will be held regardless of proximity to SHY.

Pure Momentum System

The pure momentum system previously ranked  ETFs based solely on 6 month price momentum.  For 2015 the strategy now ranks ETFs based on 5 month price momentum. There is no cash filter in the pure momentum system, volatility ranking, or requirement to limit turnover. Previously the strategy bought the top 4 ETFs each month – going forward the top 3 ETFs will be purchased. The portfolio and rankings are posted on the same spreadsheet as the 6/3/3 strategy.

The portfolio names dropped “ETFreplay.com” because the strategies can be tracked on multiple website.  ETFReplay.com is still an excellent choice for tracking and backtesting the strategies detailed. However, a formidable free option for backtesting these strategies has emerged at Portfolio Visualizer.

The current top 3 ETFs are listed below for each strategy:

Conservative Momentum
GLD SPDR Gold Shares ETF
TLT iShares Barclays 20 Year Treasury Bond Fund
PCY PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio
Pure Momentum
GLD SPDR Gold Shares ETF
TLT iShares Barclays 20 Year Treasury Bond Fund
RWX SPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate ETF

 

The current portfolios are below:

Conservative Momentum

Conservative Momentum (6/3/3 strategy)
Position Shares Avg Purchase Price Purchase Date Percentage Gain/Loss Excluding Dividends
PCY 150 28.61 4/29/2016 0.00%
TLT 32 126.67 2/1/2016 2.14%
GLD 35 118.64 2/29/2016 4.22%

 

Pure Momentum

Pure Momentum (5 month momentum)
Current Positions Position Shares Purchase Price Purchase Date Percentage Gain/Loss Excluding Dividends
GLD 27.00 118.64 2/29/2016 4.22%
TLT 25.00 126.67 2/1/2016 2.14%
RWX 79.00 42.36 4/29/2016 0.00%

 

Current positions can be viewed on Scott’s Investments here.

Ivy Portfolio May Update

The Ivy Portfolio spreadsheet track the 10 month moving average signals for two portfolios listed in Mebane Faber’s book The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets. Faber discusses 5, 10, and 20 security portfolios that have trading signals based on long-term moving averages.

The Ivy Portfolio spreadsheet on Scott’s Investments tracks both the 5 and 10 ETF Portfolios listed in Faber’s book. When a security is trading below its 10 month simple moving average, the position is listed as “Cash”. When the security is trading above its 10 month simple moving average the positions is listed as “Invested”.

The spreadsheet signals update once daily (typically in the late evening) using dividend/split adjusted closing price from Yahoo Finance. The 10 month simple moving average is based on the most recent 10 months including the current month’s most recent daily closing price.  Even though the signals update daily, it is not an endorsement to check signals daily or trade based on daily updates. It simply gives the spreadsheet more versatility for users to check at his or her convenience.

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The page also displays the percentage each ETF within the Ivy 10 and Ivy 5 Portfolio is above or below the current 10 month simple moving average, using both adjusted and unadjusted data. If an ETF has paid a dividend or split within the past 10 months, then when comparing the adjusted/unadjusted data you will see differences in the percent an ETF is above/below the 10 month SMA. This could also potentially impact whether an ETF is above or below its 10 month SMA. Regardless of whether you prefer the adjusted or unadjusted data, it is important to remain consistent in your approach. My preference is to use adjusted data when evaluating signals.

The current signals based on April 29th’s adjusted closing prices are below.    This month (GSG) is below its  moving average and the balance of the ETFs are above their 10 month moving average.

The spreadsheet also provides quarterly, half year, and yearly return data courtesy of Finviz. The return data is useful for those interested in overlaying a momentum strategy with the 10 month SMA strategy:

Ivy May

I also provide a “Commission-Free” Ivy Portfolio spreadsheet as an added bonus. This document tracks the 10 month moving averages for four different portfolios designed for TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, Charles Schwab, and Vanguard commission-free ETF offers.

Not all ETFs in each portfolio are commission free, as each broker limits the selection of commission-free ETFs and viable ETFs may not exist in each asset class. Other restrictions and limitations may apply depending on each broker.

Below are the 10 month moving average signals (using adjusted price data) for the commission-free portfolios:

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Market Reads

Below is an expansive list of investment articles I have enjoyed this month:

The Reformed Broker:

A Wealth of Common Sense:
ETF.com:
 Meb Faber:
EconomPic:
Alpha Architect:
Systematic Relative Strength:
 Others:

Dual ETF Momentum April Update

Scott’s Investments provides a free “Dual ETF Momentum” spreadsheet which was originally created in February 2013. The strategy was inspired by a paper written by Gary Antonacci and available on Optimal Momentum.  Antonacci’s book, Dual Momentum Investing: An Innovative Strategy for Higher Returns with Lower Risk, also details Dual Momentum as a total portfolio strategy.

My Dual ETF Momentum spreadsheet is available here and the objective is to track four pairs of ETFs and provide an “Invested” signal for the ETF in each pair with the highest relative momentum. Invested signals also require positive absolute momentum, hence the term “Dual Momentum”.

Relative momentum is gauged by the 12 month total returns of each ETF. The 12 month total returns of each ETF is also compared to a short-term Treasury ETF (a “cash” filter) in the form of iShares Barclays 1-3 Treasury Bond ETF (SHY). In order to have an “Invested” signal the ETF with the highest relative strength must also have 12-month total returns greater than the 12-month total returns of SHY. This is the absolute momentum filter which is detailed in depth by Antonacci, and has historically helped increase risk-adjusted returns.

An “average” return signal for each ETF is also available on the spreadsheet. The concept is the same as the 12-month relative momentum. However, the “average” return signal uses the average of the past 3, 6, and 12 (“3/6/12″) month total returns for each ETF. The “invested” signal is based on the ETF with the highest relative momentum for the past 3, 6 and 12 months. The ETF with the highest average relative strength must also have an average 3/6/12 total returns greater than the 3/6/12 total returns of the cash ETF.

Portfolio123 was used to test a similar strategy using the same portfolios and combined momentum score (“3/6/12″).  The test results were posted in the 2013 Year in Review and the January 2015 Update.

Below are the four portfolios along with current signals:

Return Data Provided by Finviz

Dual April

As an added bonus, the spreadsheet also has four additional sheets using a dual momentum strategy with broker specific commission-free ETFs for TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, and Vanguard. It is important to note that each broker may have additional trade restrictions and the terms of their commission-free ETFs could change in the future.

Dividend Champion Portfolio – April Update

The High Yield Dividend Champion Portfolio is a publicly tracked stock portfolio on Scott’s Investments.  Its goal is to capture quality high yield stocks with a history of raising dividends.

The screening process for this portfolio starts with the “Dividend Champions” as compiled by DRIP Investing. The list is comprised of stocks that have increased their dividend payout for at least 25 consecutive years.

I made one change to the screen methodology for 2016 in order to further simplify the process. Stocks from the Dividend Champion list were previously ranked on yield, payout ratio, P/E, and 3 year dividend growth rate.

In 2016 stocks are ranked on yield, P/E and 3 year dividend growth rate.  Payout ratio will no longer be a factor.  The modification has a relatively low impact to screen results.

Stocks will still be sold on the re-balance date (generally around the 5th of the month) when they drop out of the top 15 (to limit turnover) and are replaced with the next highest rated stock.

The top 25 stocks using the new method  are below and displayed in order of their overall ranking (figures are March month-end):

Name Symbol Yield P/E 3-yr
Helmerich & Payne Inc. HP 4.68 27.31 114.15
Archer Daniels Midland ADM 3.3 12.14 16.96
AT&T Inc. T 4.9 17.33 2.22
Questar Corp. STR 3.55 21.02 8.1
Emerson Electric EMR 3.49 14.5 5.4
Altria Group Inc. MO 3.61 23.47 8.36
Old Republic International ORI 4.1 12.52 1.39
ExxonMobil Corp. XOM 3.49 21.71 9.73
Eaton Vance Corp. EV 3.16 15.24 9.18
Eagle Financial Services EFSI 3.48 11.65 3.1
Chevron Corp. CVX 4.49 38.94 6.83
Community Trust Banc. CTBI 3.51 13.28 2.25
Universal Corp. UVV 3.73 16.28 2
T. Rowe Price Group TROW 2.94 15.76 15.21
HCP Inc. HCP 7.06 999 4.16
MDU Resources MDU 3.85 25.27 2.9
Consolidated Edison ED 3.5 18.87 2.42
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 2.92 15.02 7.78
Bowl America Class A BWL-A 4.86 30.43 1.78
United Bankshares Inc. UBSI 3.6 18.54 1.06
Weyco Group Inc. WEYS 3.01 15.85 6.18
National Retail Properties NNN 3.77 40.88 3.11
Target Corp. TGT 2.72 15.58 17.84
Universal Health Realty Trust UHT 4.59 31.6 1.47
Procter & Gamble Co. PG 3.22 27.17 5.99

 

There is no turnover in the existing positions for this month.

The current portfolio is below:

Position Initial Purchase Date Percentage Gain/Loss Excluding Dividends Current Allocation
CVX 12/6/2012 -8.10% 9.43%
EMR 8/4/2015 7.21% 10.32%
ORI 4/4/2014 10.85% 9.39%
EV 2/5/2016 18.78% 10.77%
ADM 12/7/2015 0.37% 11.19%
MO 1/7/2016 9.36% 11.61%
XOM 4/5/2013 -6.42% 7.45%
HP 10/6/2014 -34.62% 6.73%
TROW 3/7/2016 1.09% 11.38%
T 3/7/2016 1.36% 11.46%

 

 

Momentum Portfolio Update

In 2011 Scott’s Investments began tracking a momentum portfolio which ranks a basket of ETFs based on price momentum and volatility.  In 2014 I also introduced a pure momentum system, which ranks the same basket of ETFs based solely on 6 month price momentum. The first portfolio was previously called the “ETFReplay.com Portfolio” but at the beginning of 2016 was renamed “Conservative Momentum Portfolio” (or “6/3/3 strategy”) to reflect some changes in the portfolio and tracking methodology for both portfolios detailed below.

Bring Your Portfolio Into The 21st Century
Free Access – INO.com Special Report

In previous years the Conservative Momentum Portfolio  began with a static basket of 14 ETFs.  The basket of 14 ETFs has been reduced to 10 ETFs. This change was made in order to further simplify the portfolio. The 10 ETFs are listed below:

RWX SPDR DJ International Real Estate
PCY PowerShares Emerging Mkts Bond
EFA iShares MSCI EAFE
EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets
VNQ Vanguard MSCI U.S. REIT
TIP iShares Barclays TIPS
VTI Vanguard MSCI Total U.S. Stock Market
GLD SPDR Gold Shares
TLT iShares Barclays Long-Term Trsry
SHY iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasry Bnd Fd

 

The ETFs are still ranked by 6 month total returns (weighted 40%), 3 month total returns (weighted 30%), and 3 month price volatility (weighted 30%). The top 3 are purchased  at the beginning of each month and if a holding drops out of the top 3 at the next month’s rebalance it will be replaced. Previously, the portfolio purchased the top 4 ETFs and only sold when a holding dropped out of the top 5. In addition, ETFs previously had to be ranked above the cash-like ETF (SHY) in order to be included in the portfolio. This requirement has been removed, so the top 3 ETFs will be held regardless of proximity to SHY.

Pure Momentum System

The pure momentum system previously ranked  ETFs based solely on 6 month price momentum.  For 2015 the strategy now ranks ETFs based on 5 month price momentum. There is no cash filter in the pure momentum system, volatility ranking, or requirement to limit turnover. Previously the strategy bought the top 4 ETFs each month – going forward the top 3 ETFs will be purchased. The portfolio and rankings are posted on the same spreadsheet as the 6/3/3 strategy.

The portfolio names dropped “ETFreplay.com” because the strategies can be tracked on multiple website.  ETFReplay.com is still an excellent choice for tracking and backtesting the strategies detailed. However, a formidable free option for backtesting these strategies has emerged at Portfolio Visualizer.

The current top 3 ETFs are listed below for each strategy:

Conservative Momentum
VNQ Vanguard REIT ET
GLD SPDR Gold Shares ETF
TLT iShares Barclays 20 Year Treasury Bond Fund
Pure Momentum
GLD SPDR Gold Shares ETF
TLT iShares Barclays 20 Year Treasury Bond Fund
VNQ Vanguard MSCI U.S. REIT

 

The current portfolios are below:

Conservative Momentum

Position Shares Purchase Price Purchase Date Percentage Gain/Loss Excluding Dividends
VNQ 52 83.8 3/31/2016 -0.13%
TLT 32 126.67 2/1/2016 3.17%
GLD 35 118.64 2/29/2016 -1.44%

 

Pure Momentum

Position Shares Purchase Price Purchase Date Percentage Gain/Loss Excluding Dividends
GLD 27 118.64 2/29/2016 -1.44%
TLT 25 126.67 2/1/2016 3.17%
VNQ 40 79.89 10/30/2015 4.76%

 

Current signals can be viewed on Scott’s Investments here.

RAA Updated Allocation

Note: Spreadsheets are currently not importing data or importing intermittently. If you have extensive experience working with Google Sheets and would be willing to assist, please contact me.

The RAA Spreadsheet tracks signals for 7 ETFS and is based on a strategy developed by Alpha Architect. The strategy is detailed in-depth in DIY Financial Advisor: A Simple Solution to Build and Protect Your Wealth (DIY) .  You can find my review of the book and more strategy background here.

The RAA spreadsheet displays an allocation percent for each ETF depending on the risk management signals. If the SMA signal says “invested” and the 12 month price momentum is positive we invest the full amount of the target allocation. If one risk management signal is positive and the other negative we invest half of the target allocation. If both signals are negative we invest the target allocation in cash.  Signals for each ETF are based on an index (SPY for US equities and EFA for international equities), while we use the individual ETF signals for commodities and REITs.

Below are the allocations at the end of March:

DIY

 

 

 

Ivy Portfolio April Update

Note: Spreadsheets are currently not importing data or importing intermittently. If you have extensive experience working with Google Sheets and would be willing to assist, please contact me.

The Ivy Portfolio spreadsheet track the 10 month moving average signals for two portfolios listed in Mebane Faber’s book The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets. Faber discusses 5, 10, and 20 security portfolios that have trading signals based on long-term moving averages.

The Ivy Portfolio spreadsheet on Scott’s Investments tracks both the 5 and 10 ETF Portfolios listed in Faber’s book. When a security is trading below its 10 month simple moving average, the position is listed as “Cash”. When the security is trading above its 10 month simple moving average the positions is listed as “Invested”.

The spreadsheet’s signals update once daily (typically in the late evening) using dividend/split adjusted closing price from Yahoo Finance. The 10 month simple moving average is based on the most recent 10 months including the current month’s most recent daily closing price.  Even though the signals update daily, it is not an endorsement to check signals daily or trade based on daily updates. It simply gives the spreadsheet more versatility for users to check at his or her convenience.

The page also displays the percentage each ETF within the Ivy 10 and Ivy 5 Portfolio is above or below the current 10 month simple moving average, using both adjusted and unadjusted data. If an ETF has paid a dividend or split within the past 10 months, then when comparing the adjusted/unadjusted data you will see differences in the percent an ETF is above/below the 10 month SMA. This could also potentially impact whether an ETF is above or below its 10 month SMA. Regardless of whether you prefer the adjusted or unadjusted data, it is important to remain consistent in your approach. My preference is to use adjusted data when evaluating signals.

Bring Your Portfolio Into The 21st Century
Free Access – INO.com Special Report

The current signals based on March 31st’s adjusted closing prices are below.    This month (DBC) (GSG) (VEU) and (VB) are below their moving average and the balance of the ETFs are above their 10 month moving average.

The spreadsheet also provides quarterly, half year, and yearly return data courtesy of Finviz. The return data is useful for those interested in overlaying a momentum strategy with the 10 month SMA strategy:

Ivy

Monday Market Reads

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Weekend Reads

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Below is a longer weekend reading list.  Enjoy!

What Hedge Funds Get Right – A Wealth of Common Sense
3 Paths to Outperformance – Morningstar