The market volatility during 2018 has caused many investors to re-examine their exit strategies and how they can pull risk off the table in case this downturn turns into a full-fledged bear market.
We have given you articles that help you find the right exit strategy, manage stocks in the SSI Red Zone, and create a trailing stop for your entire portfolio.
Today we’re going to show you how one of the TradeStops tools can potentially help you reduce your overall portfolio risk and exposure to the current market volatility.
Here is the sample portfolio that we’ve been using in many of our training articles for the past couple of years.
It’s called the Risk Rebalancer. Just to remind you, the Risk Rebalancer takes the stocks in your current portfolio and rebalances the portfolio so that the risk you’re taking is the same in each position. That means you’ll be investing more money in the stocks that are less risky and less money in the stocks that are riskier.
Using the Risk Rebalancer, we can reduce the PVQ of this portfolio to only 11.0%. That’s an improvement of almost 25% over the previous PVQ.
Let’s compare how the two portfolios have performed since using the Risk Rebalancer on 10/31.
The original portfolio is down 4.28%.
When the markets are moving higher, it’s easy to let your big winners run and become an oversized position in your portfolio. But when the markets are moving lower, equalizing the risk in each position is a way to potentially pull some risk off the table.
During last week’s webinar, one of our listeners, Kevin, asked us a question about what the loss in our sample portfolio would have been if we used a start date of Oct. 3, which was at or close to the market top. We didn’t have the time to answer that during the webinar itself, but we promised that we’d present those results in this article.
Had we been using the portfolio trailing stop from that date, we would have stopped out after Friday’s strong move to the downside.
Research and Education Specialist