Theta is pleased to announce nine new strategies that have been added to our list of tracked models. What’s unique about these additional models is that they were all developed by existing managers on Theta Research.
In the past, I have discussed the importance of investment managers developing multiple models. The recent volatility in the stock market has made a lot of investors nervous, so I think it would be beneficial to revisit the importance of managers developing multiple strategies in today’s Theta News.
The development of active investment management strategies is no small feat. Investment Managers who develop quantitative formulas and trading systems must not only have a keen sense of the interrelationships inherent in the markets, but also must 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” tactical investment strategy out there, most active managers build multiple systems designed to address one or more facet of the market. These typically include such factors as trading a specific asset class or sector, 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. See the Subscriptions tab on the Theta home page for more information about this subscription feature.
The bottom line is that Investment Managers with multiple strategies are an important resource, allowing for additional diversification in client portfolios.
Now, let’s explore some of the new strategies that have most recently been added by four of our existing Theta Investment Managers:
Paul Glance, PhD, and son, Brian, of Glance Financial Advisors in Troy, MI announce the replacement of their Glance USO strategy with Glance XXX. This new strategy trades stocks, futures and options as directed by proprietary quantitative computer signals developed by Glance Financial. Theta Research has independently verified the track record of this trading model back to its inception date of January 1, 2018.
Another existing Manager, Robert F. (Bob) Thompson of Bay Capital Securities has established a tracking account for his Silk Purse Strategy. This is an aggressive model that trades high-volatility equities long and short using leverage. Theta has documented and verified the actual performance of the Silk Purse strategy back to its inception date of December 01, 2017.
Also adding a new strategy is Bruce DeLaurentis, owner and portfolio manager of Kensington Analytics in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The new program is called the Convertible Income Strategy and is based on a quantitative, trend-following model that seeks to take advantage of the merger of equity and bond characteristics found in convertible bonds. Theta Research has independently verified the actual performance of this strategy back to its inception date of January 1, 2015.
And last but not least, existing Investment Managers, Steve Rumsey and Paul Hewitt of Optimus Advisory Group in Irvine, CA announce the addition of six strategies for tracking purposes. While new to Theta Research, these strategies all have at least two years of actual trading history, which Theta has independently verified back to their respective inception dates. The Optimus strategy names and inception dates of each model are as follows:
Bond Rotation March 01, 2014
Dynamic Equity January 01, 2016
Equity Rotation January 01, 2016
Global Advantage April 01, 2012
Global Long/Short August 01, 2013
Hedged Equity January 01, 2016
When we asked Steve why he was taking the step to have so many of his existing strategies tracked by Theta Research, he replied:
“Due diligence professionals are increasingly requesting actual performance that has been third-party verified. Theta Research fills this need in a way that we find to be integral with our future success.”
We, too are hearing more and more about investment managers being asked for performance that has been third-party verified. Don’t wait for a due diligence team to ask you for verified performance. Call or e-mail Theta Research today to get the ball rolling on tracking and verifying your actual investment returns.