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FundzTrader Systems

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Our Best Diversified Mutual Fund Allocation

Here we take a look at techniques you can use to build our best diversified mutual fund allocation, which helps manage the risk in your mutual fund portfolio.

In other articles we found that using uncorrelated funds assembled in a portfolio gave us a powerful tool to manage risk, while maintaining good portfolio returns.

Free Trading System Software

We’ve gone through the development of a price based mutual fund trading system. We’ve taken a look at the requirements for the data feeds for our mutual fund trading system. But what kind of trading system software can we use for this system? Is there some free trading system software we can use?

Mutual Fund Trading Systems - The Importance of Your Data

We’ve just written about using recent price performance as a way to build a trading system for mutual funds, specifically in this case the Fidelity Select Fund trading system. So, given that the integrity of the whole system is built solely on the price information that we have available, it would be no surprize to find that the integrity of the data feed is very important. The good news is that you can find mutual fund quotes on loads of web sites, so this is really of little concern. Well, that’s not quite true.

Which Fidelity Select Funds Do We Use

One of the more common questions we get: Which Fidelity Funds do you use for your system? Why don’t you use all of them?

Sector Rotation with Fidelity Select Funds | Rotating to Cash

There are some times when there are no strong sectors for our sector rotation to work with. 2002 is an example of one of those years when nothing seemed to sustain any strength. Those are the times when a sector rotation strategy may still produce returns greater than those of the market, but in a year when the market is down more than 15%, that may be of little comfort.

Choosing the Best Mutual Funds | Why Worry About Volatility

As we noted last time, just using price change as the way to make our selection of the top Fidelity Select Fund, has historically been profitable, but can be volatile and have some breathtaking drawdowns along the way. We’ve also written in the past about the problems with volatility when trying to identify the best mutual funds.

As an example, take a look at the plot below. It shows some recent price action from FSVLX and FSCGX for about one month. As you can see, they both have about the same percentage price change over the last month, but the red line (FSCGX) is much less volatile, and just looking at it you would suspect that it is more likely to be in a true uptrend than FSVLX over this same time period.

Choosing the Best Fidelity Select Funds

We’ve written before about using relative strength and sector rotation as our way to find the best Fidelity funds. One simple example is shown in this article about a simple Fidelity Select sector rotation system using just one Select fund at a time. That simple example uses just the one month percentage change in price as the strength metric, and it has done quite well over the years. But it is fairly volatile.

The Best Mutual Funds and ETF Trades | Choosing the Best Mutual Funds

The most common question: How do we make our mutual fund and ETF trading system selections? Ours is a system based on sector rotation using a relative strength. We touch on this in our fund trading course, but we often get asked to supply more information on our systems. Today we will start a small series of postings on just how we select our funds.