Theta is pleased to announce four new additions to our list of tracked models. As usual, some of these strategies come from existing Theta Managers while others have been submitted by Managers new to the Theta database. Before discussing the new programs, however, a “Happy Anniversary” wish is in order.
Theta Research – 18 Years and Going Strong
It seems hard to believe but this year marks the eighteenth anniversary of Theta Research. Established in 1999 by Roger Schreiner and Paul Montgomery, and later owned solely by Montgomery, Theta Research was acquired by the Gary Halbert in 2012 and moved to Austin, Texas.
The Halberts are familiar figures in the wealth management industry, having pioneered public futures funds in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1996, Halbert Wealth Management (HWM), a Registered Investment Advisor firm was established by the Halberts and is where the relationship with Theta Research began.
As an RIA, HWM knew that it is often difficult to find active Investment Managers among the thousands listed on various databases. Even more frustrating was the fact that performance figures in many of these databases are not independently verified. Instead, they rely on self-reporting, backtesting and other hypothetical gimmicks to show what a strategy’s performance might have been, not what it actually returned.
HWM used the actual performance on Theta’s database as a resource to help evaluate Investment Managers who employ tactical strategies to enhance performance, manage risks, or both. Knowing that an Investment Manager’s actual performance had been third-party verified provided a big head start in HWM’s due diligence process.
Mike Posey was chosen as Marketing Director of the new Theta while Henry Rohlfs was named its Technical Director. Together, they have expanded the range of services offered, enhanced Theta’s capabilities and grown in the number of subscribers and investment strategies being tracked.
While much of the last few years of ownership has been dedicated to rebuilding the database and enhancing the software, we’re excited about the future. For Theta’s clients, it’s good to know that a valuable resource like Theta Research is still independently tracking the actual performance of Investment Managers and making the information available to those seeking actively managed investment strategies.
Now, let’s explore some of the strategies that have most recently been added to Theta’s database:
Models Added by Existing Investment Managers on Theta:
Ted Lundgren, principal of Hg Capital Advisors in Houston, Texas is an existing Theta Manager. Ted has recently established tracking of his Behavioral Diversification strategy, a multi-manager approach. Theta has tracked and independently verified the actual performance of this model back to its inception of January 1, 2014.
Existing Investment Manager, Christian J. Cyr, CPA, MBA, and Founder of Cyr Financial Wealth Advisors has established a new tracking account named the Dynamax 2X Strategy. As its name suggests, the Dynamax 2X strategy is a leveraged version of Cyr’s Dynamax 1X Strategy, which is also being tracked. Theta Research has independently documented and verified the track record of this model back to March 1, 2016.
New Investment Managers Added to the Theta Database:
Paul Glance, PhD, is founder and president of Glance Financial Advisors, LLC in Troy, MI, and a new Manager to Theta Research. Along with his son, Brian, Paul has established a tracking account for his Glance USO Strategy, a quantitative long/short energy sector strategy. Theta Research has independently verified the track record of this trading model back to January 1, 2017.
Alpha Retirement Wealth in Gold River, CA is another one of our newest Investment Managers. Co-Founders Colbey Philbin and Matt Curtis have submitted their US RPI A+ Strategy, which is invested according to the US Risk Parity A+ Index, created by Mr. Philbin. Theta Research has independently documented and verified the track record of this model back to its inception date of January 1, 2016.
NAAIM Announces Winner of “Shark Tank” Competition
The National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM) has announced the winner of its annual “Shark Tank” competition, held during its Uncommon Knowledge Conference in San Diego, CA. Since 2013, this unique challenge has allowed NAAIM Members to gain exposure to innovative ideas employing active management strategies, possibly leading to new business relationships.
Theta Research is pleased to announce the 2017 Shark Tank Competition winner is Mr. Rich Paul of Potomac Advisors, Inc. Rich won the competition with his EVO 1 Strategy, a long, inverse or cash tactical model using the Guggenheim/Rydex family of mutual funds. The EVO 1 Strategy’s actual track record has been independently verified by Theta Research back to its original inception date of June 1, 2002.
As we have noted in the past, Investment Managers competing in NAAIM’s Shark Tank competition receive exposure to a room full of Advisors, many of which are seeking viable sub-advisory relationships. It’s an opportunity to describe the Manager’s investment approach to the markets answer questions posed by an audience of seasoned professionals.
Theta Research has actively supported Shark Tank and has served on the NAAIM Shark Tank Committee since its inception. In fact, all previous Shark Tank winners currently have at least one strategy being tracked by Theta. To learn more about Potomac Advisors and the EVO1 Strategy, see your Theta subscription or, if you are not yet a subscriber, contact Rich and request a Theta “Guest Pass” to review his performance.
Theta Adds Another New Strategy
Ted Lundgren, Principal of Hg Capital Advisors, LLC in Houston, Texas has announced the addition of the Behavioral Diversification strategy to its models being tracked. This strategy uses proprietary algorithms to allocate among multiple tactical strategies. Theta has tracked and independently verified the actual performance of this model back to its inception of January 1, 2014.
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:
1. Access to Investment Managers You May Not Find Elsewhere
2. Focus on Active Strategies
3. Ground Floor Opportunities
4. Two Levels of Subscription to Choose From (see thetaresearch.com)
5. Constantly Growing List of Managers
6. Verified Performance Net of All Fees and Costs
7. Online Analytics Allow You to Rank and Evaluate Performance
8. In Some Cases, Ability to Reconstruct Historical Track Records
9. Guest Pass Feature Allows One-on-One Contact with Managers
10. Inexpensive and Easy to Subscribe
Just how inexpensive are Theta Subscriptions? Our most comprehensive Professional Subscription is $295 per year while our scaled down Basic Subscription is only $195 per year. If you are a member of NAAIM or the MTA, annual subscription prices go even lower.