Theta is pleased to announce five new additions to our list of tracked models. Two of these strategies come from one Investment Manager new to Theta and three have been submitted by Managers who already have active tracking accounts on the Theta database. With that being said, I think it would be beneficial to provide a brief analysis of why multiple strategies from a single Manager is significant.
The development of active investment management strategies is no small feat. Financial professionals who develop quantitative formulas and trading systems must not only have a keen sense of the interrelationships inherent in the markets, they must also they must also be students of investor behavior, especially during periods of extreme highs and lows in the markets.
Most of all, however, active managers must have an abiding belief in the ability to maximize gains and/or minimize losses over and above what is available in a passive, buy-and-hold portfolio. Theta Research is built upon the idea that risk management is an attainable goal as evidenced by the actual performance of real-time trading accounts tracked in the Theta database.
Since there is no single “Holy Grail” active investment strategy out there, most active managers build multiple systems designed to address one or more facet of the market, such as trading a specific asset class, moving to cash in down markets, or even long/short strategies based on one of the major stock market indices, etc. These systems also often include complex algorithms that incorporate trend following, rotational, mean reversion, momentum, technical analysis and a myriad of other techniques.
In some cases, Managers combine their strategies with others of their own, or even of other Investment Managers to illustrate a composite portfolio. In this way, Managers can leverage their own knowledge and expertise with that of other sophisticated professionals. Theta Research makes it easy to illustrate such a composite portfolio as part of our Professional Subscription. Give us a call to learn more about this subscription feature.
Now, let’s explore some of the strategies that have most recently been tracked by Theta:
Models Added by Existing Investment Managers on Theta:
Werner Keller, CFA of Keller Partners in Channel Islands, CA is an existing Theta Manager. Werner has recently established tracking of his Active Mega-Cap Strategy. While the Mega-Cap Strategy is new to us, it’s not a new concept. Theta has tracked and independently verified the actual performance of this model back to its inception of October 1, 2012.
Another current Theta Investment Manager, David Daughtery, CFA, CFP, founder of Copperwynd Financial, LLC has added two new strategies. The Total Return Income Model began actual trading on April 1, 2015 while the Rotational Strategy began actual trading on December 1, 2014. Theta Research has independently verified the actual performance of these strategies back to their respective inception dates.
New Investment Manager Added to the Theta Database:
Our most recent Investment Manager addition is Christian J. Cyr, CPA, MBA, Founder of Cyr Financial Wealth Advisors. Chris has established tracking accounts for two strategies – Dynamax 1X and Dynamax Low Volatility. Theta Research has independently documented and verified the track records of these two models back to their common inception date of January 1, 2016.
Theta is Featured at the Dallas Texas Chapter of the Market Technicians Association (MTA)
Mike Posey, Theta Research’s Marketing Director, was recently the featured speaker at the Dallas MTA Chapter meeting. Like his previous presentations to other MTA Chapters, Mike shared his experienced-based insight on the due diligence process. Mike’s goal is to highlight business concerns once the heavy lifting of creating a trading model is done.
The presentation was primarily educational in nature with a focus on why it is important for Investment Managers to have a track record made up of actual, verified returns. Mike also discussed the inherent limitations of backtesting from a due diligence standpoint and why it’s especially important for early-stage Managers to document their performance in real-time trading.
Mike’s comments about his experience in the due diligence field closely follow those expressed in his white paper – The Importance of Actual Returns in the Due Diligence Process, a copy of which is available free of charge from Theta Research.
Existing Managers Post New Tracking Accounts
Theta Research is proud to announce the addition of two new active strategies from Investment Managers who already have programs being tracked. First, Brian Boughner, CFA, CMT, co-founder of Parallel Financial Partners has initiated tracking of a new strategy. The Parallel High Beta strategy is managed by Chief Investment Officer, Greg Towner, CFA, CMT and trades at Charles Schwab. Theta Research began tracking this new strategy as of its inception date of January 31, 2017.
Next, David Daughtrey, CFA, CFP and principal of Copperwynd Financial has added a new volatility based strategy. The Copperwynd Long/Short VIX strategy trades at TD Ameritrade where Theta has verified its actual performance back to the original inception date of January 1, 2016.
Why You Should be a Theta Subscriber
We at Theta Research take great satisfaction in building a database of investment strategies based on tactical and quantitative models. If you haven’t yet subscribed to Theta’ database of active investment managers, here are ten excellent reasons why you should consider doing so:
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2. Focus on Active Strategies
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5. Constantly Growing List of Managers
6. Verified Performance Net of All Fees and Costs
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8. In Some Cases, Ability to Reconstruct Historical Track Records
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