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.
, which we’ve held since late 2015, is currently showing a long-term gain of almost $41,000. All of the positions are currently profitable since the time we started tracking.
Those looking to use the normal volatility of the portfolio
as their exit strategy would focus on the Portfolio Volatility Quotient
). For this portfolio
, the PVQ
is currently at 14.58%.
In addition to showing you your overall risk, TradeStops
also has a way to potentially reduce that PVQ
number so that you are taking even less overall risk.
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.
We ran this portfolio
through the Risk Rebalancer
on Oct. 31. Here is the breakdown of the stocks and number of shares
You can see that there are more shares
in the portfolio
of the lower-risk stocks like KO and PFE and less shares
of the riskier stocks like TEVA and NFLX.
Let’s compare how the two portfolios
have performed since using the Risk Rebalancer
The original portfolio is down 4.28%.
The Risk Rebalanced portfolio
is down as well, but only by 1.27%.
The rebalanced portfolio
is taking less risk than the original portfolio
, and it has performed better during this down market than the original portfolio
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.
By the way, that same portfolio
, but with the Risk Rebalanced shares
, is down only 10.11% and hasn’t hit its stop yet.
It’s easy to focus on returns rather than risk when the markets are moving higher. But now’s the time to focus on risk and minimize potential losses (and book more realized profits if you do sell). The Risk Rebalancer
is a smart tool that can help you achieve the goal of taking less risk in difficult market conditions.
Research and Education Specialist