It never gets easy trend following. There are lumpy returns. You have to go through tough times. The last couple years have been the toughest…Maybe all the low interest rates …whatever..who knows.
For trend following stocks, completely different story…very successful!!
I received this email and thought to share…
AUGUST 2016: TREND FOLLOWING DOWN -7.32%, YTD: -7.95%
August was mostly one-sided, sliding down to a strong negative performance, and taking with it the Year-To-Date performance to a similar level. Interesting to note the shorter timeframes weighing on the index while the longer timeframes are still positive/neutral on a 12-month horizon (we do offer trading systems with long-term timeframes).
Note the drawdown level as well, getting a little bit closer to the Max Drawdown (since the start date of the index in Jan-2000). These occasions have historically proven a good time to start investing in a trend following strategy. It will be interesting to monitor the evolution of the index over the last few months.
Despite this recent performance, the index is still well positive (+35%) since launch in live monitoring in 2013, which interestingly was at similar levels of drawdown. The performance since the start of the backtest in 2000 is still well in positive territory at +1,279% (total return), or +16.53% (Compound Annual Growth Rate).
Below is the full State of Trend Following report as of last month.
Performance is hypothetical. Chart for August:
Wisdom State of Trend Following – August 2016
And the 12-month chart:
Wisdom State of Trend Following 12 months – August 2016
HORIZON RETURN ANN. VOL.
Last month -7.32% 10.31%
Year To Date -7.95% 15.74%
Last 12 months -8.47% 16.23%
Last calendar year (2015) 7.57% 16.88%
Since Index Launch (08-13) 34.47% 14.58%
Current DD -20.55%
MaxDD (since 2000) -31.94%
Individual System Contribution
The index is composed of several systems, each traded over different time horizons (short, medium and long) with a diversified portfolio of futures.
We can measure the contribution of each system variation by charting the evolution of their respective performance attribution over the last month:
System Attribution August 2016
And further below, the performance attribution of each system over the last 12 months, sorted by ranking.
System Attribution-12 months August 2016
SYSTEM 12-MONTH LAST MONTH
BBB-S -1.87% -0.43%
BBB-M -0.39% -0.77%
BBB-L 0.24% -0.47%
DMA-S -1.67% -0.83%
DMA-M -1.13% -1.07%
DMA-L 0.21% -0.44%
DON-S -1.09% -0.22%
DON-M -0.59% -0.55%
DON-L -0.01% -0.36%
TMA-S -1.75% -1.17%
TMA-M -0.42% -0.81%
TMA-L 0.02% -0.2%
Index -8.47% -7.32%
The index performance is simulated using Trading Blox and CSI data (back-adjusted contracts rolling on Open Interest). The performance of the index is directly derived from the performance of a Trading Blox simulation suite composed of each system component as a system part of that suite.
The simulation uses realistic trading friction parameters (slippage, commissions, interest as detailed aside).
The portfolio used in the simulation is a sample of the 300+ global markets accessible to Wisdom Trading clients. The portfolio selected for the index represents a diversified mix of over 40 global futures balanced across all sectors (check the exact portfolio here).
Please check the post on the blog (and subscribe if you haven’t yet) to check details on simulation assumptions (slippage, commissions) and more info on the systems used and their parameters.
The test is set-up with an arbitrary starting capital of 1B, starting in 2000. As the test is intended to represent an hypothetical index, no liquidity/volume constraints are enforced, making the results less dependent on actual simulation capital.
Profits are compounded (assumed to be reinvested).
The purchase or sale price for each trade that generated the hypothetical results is based either on 1) open price, the day after the Buy or Sell signal for the Moving Average-based systems or 2) stop level set by the relevant indicator for the Bollinger or Donchian systems. The actual simulated fill price is obtained by calculating a slippage factor, which is added to (or subtracted from) the theoretical entry price. For a long entry, the slippage factor is calculated by measuring the range from the theoretical entry price to the day’s highest price, and multiplying that amount by the Slippage Percent. (For short entries, the slippage factor is calculated by measuring the range from the theoretical entry price to the low). The slippage factor is then added to, or subtracted from the theoretical entry price, to obtain the simulated fill price.
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One of the limitations of hypothetical performance results is that they are generally prepared with the benefit of hindsight. In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results.