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Research Study:
Major Trend Relative Strength With Our Top 10 Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Mr. Colby's weekly Top 10 ETFs ranked by the Major Trend Relative Strength outperformed the S&P 500 significantly since August, 2004, as demonstrated in his ongoing research study.

To arrive at the Top 10 ETF investments, Mr. Colby first calculates a six-month rate of change (approximately) of price for more than 140 actively-traded Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).  Next, he adds in filters to dampen random noise. He then ranks all the ETFs in his universe from highest rate of change to lowest rate of change.  Finally, he selects the highest ranked 10 ETFs each week.  These Top 10 are the best performing ETFs, the ones with the highest major trend momentum.

When an ETF becomes strong enough to rise into our Top 10, we "purchase" that that ETF, using Friday's closing price, and we give it a 10% weighting in our hypothetical portfolio.  We hold that ETF until it drops down and out of our Top 10, then we "sell" it out of our hypothetical portfolio.  We rebalance our hypothetical portfolio each week, giving each of the Top 10 ETFs a 10% weighting.

Mr. Colby also tested holding the highest ranking twenty and thirty ETFs, but both tests produced lower returns when compared to the portfolio with only the Top 10 ETFs.  Because each ETF is composed of a basket of stocks, we assume that our hypothetical portfolio of ten ETFs offers some degree of portfolio diversification.  (For actual investing, we also take care to see that there is not excessive concentration in any one industry or sector.)

 Relative Strength Method ( White Paper)          Simulation History - Graph (Click to View)

Please note that this is a high-volatility strategy: the stocks that go up the most when the stock market is in a bullish trend often go down the most during market corrections to the downside.

This research study is a cornerstone of our actual investing method; however, as you will read in our client agreements, we reserve the right to increase cash and/or fixed-income securities weightings in our clients' accounts in order to preserve capital in risky or down-trending (bearish) market environments.  Long experience has taught us that in order to grow capital, we must first preserve and protect it.

Please note that this Top 10 ETFs research study is not investment advice.  Your use of this research information means that you have read, understood, and accepted our Disclaimer, below.

According to CFTC Rule 4.41, hypothetical or simulated performance results have certain limitations.   Unlike an actual performance record, simulated results do not represent actual trading.   Also, since the trades have not been executed, the results may have under- or-over compensated for the impact, if any, of certain market factors, such as lack of liquidity.  Simulated trading programs in general are also subject to the fact that they are designed with the benefit of hindsight.   No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profit or losses similar to those shown.

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