Mission Statement: Give Individual Investors Access to the Same Strategies Hedge Funds Use for Market-Beating Gains
Peak Profits brings the best tools Wall Street has to investors on Main Street. Our aim is simple — apply quantitative strategies to make money by buying the right stock at the right time. A computer algorithm, rather than hunches and guesses, defines “the right stocks and the right time.”
In the global financial realm, quantitative investment strategies are used to manage hundreds of billions of dollars for institutions and high net worth individuals. Hedge funds turn computers loose to find profitable trading patterns. One of the best-known quant strategies is high frequency trading, otherwise known as HFT.
There is a debate about whether or not HFT hurts the markets but for now, all that matters to the HFT firms is that it is profitable. As long as they can make money from HFT, Wall Street firms will continue to trade that way.
While HFT is an example of a quantitative strategy, it is not a strategy that individuals can use profitably. HFT firms use special gold-tipped cables to connect computers that are inches away from the exchange’s computers. It requires specialized access to data to win in this time frame, and individuals trading from their home or office will never have an edge in that market.
That doesn’t mean, however, that individuals simply have to shrug and give up. HFT may not be feasible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rely on other consistent, predictable advantages provided by other quantitative investment strategies.
That’s where our own “quant,” Michael Carr, comes in. As the editor of Peak Profits, he will seek out the edge for his readers by analyzing historical market data to identify the best trades for every week of the year.
The idea is simple. There’s always a bull market somewhere, and data from the past can be used to identify where that bull market is. The system’s algorithm will identify the right stock to buy and when to sell. The ideal holding time is one to two months, because that allows for maximizing wealth.
Short-term trading takes advantage of compounding. Investors understand the idea of compounding in one sense — the idea that compound interest can grow wealth incredibly over time. You often hear the example of a 20-year-old who, if he or she contributes to a retirement plan for only 10 years, is likely to retire with $1 million or more.
What’s forgotten in those simplistic examples is the fact that 20-year-olds aren’t likely to heed that advice. Coming out of high school or college, finances are tight, and retirement saving is the last thing on their minds.
Instead, with short-term trading, the “compounding” time frame can be compressed to months rather than years. An older investor can still reap large returns and make up for those lost younger saving years.
To help accelerate returns, Michael has also created a money multiplication method using stock options. His focus is in safety, so the options strategies limit risk while multiplying the profit potential.
By partnering with Michael — more specifically, by partnering with Michael’s all-important computer and its steady stream of calculations — you can start making hedge-fund-like returns, no gold-tipped cable required.
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