20 by 5 Strategy
The 20 by 5 Strategy is designed to gradually increase holdings in stocks as market momentum gets stronger. It increases and deceases holdings in 20 percent increments. The strategy evaluates stock market performance at the end of each month and determines the current strongest performing funds. It then makes investment fund recommendations to hold for the next month. Unlike traditional buy and hold (or static allocation) strategies, the 20 by 5 Strategy is able to improve returns and minimize losses by increasing allocation to assets expected to outperform, and reducing allocation to assets expected to underperform.
How does the strategy work?
The 20 by 5 strategy measures the momentum of several different broad market indexes at the end of each month. The strategy will increase portfolio exposure to stock funds in 20 percent increments as momentum gets stronger. When momentum measured over these different global indexes gets weaker, the strategy moves holdings into safer bond indexes. By gradually making these changes to the overall portfolio, the 20 by 5 strategy is able to reduce losses during bear markets, and increase gains during strong bull markets.
|U.S. Large Cap||SPY||SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust|
|Developed Foreign Markets||EFA||iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund|
|Emerging Markets||EEM||SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust|
|U.S. Technology||QQQ||PowerShares QQQ Trust|
|Government Bonds||IEF||iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund|
|Annual Return (20 years)||10.6%||6.7%|
|Sharpe Ratio (20 years)||0.94||0.68|
|Drawdown Start / End dates||August 2021 to October 2022||October 2007 to December 2010|
|Max Drawdown length||14 months||38 months|