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Investing With Crash Protection
I have two distinct strategies for investing while also having some protection from crashes and extreme volatility. One is Bullsignals, my algorithm-based trend following strategy. The other is PRP, my diversified portfolio based on risk parity and the Permanent Portfolio.
The market crash in 2020 was the first time I have been able to see both of these strategies in a real-life crash.
Both strategies appear to have accomplished their goal: they softened the market crash while still providing good returns. For the 19 month period from before the crash to now, both produced very strong positive returns.
|CAGR since Jan 1, 2020||+13.6%||+11.6%|
|Number of days below $100||185||25|
Overall, I think PRP handled this crash better.
- PRP recovered back to $100 much more quickly
- PRP was ahead of BullSignals nearly the whole time
- it's completely passive and requires no trades
Even though BullSignals produced the higher return (as of today), I think PRP looks like the better strategy.
— Jem Berkes