How To Beat These Billionaire Hedge Fund Managers

If beating the billionaire hedge fund mangers seems like a dream to you, then I am about to give you a reality check. Before I go there, let me share with you some of the results of these billionaire hedge fund managers this year. I'm only going to give you the top three, as they have achieved outstanding results.

Let's start off with the number one hedge fund manager of the year. I'm sure you're familiar with this name, as it seems to be in the news every week. I'm talking about Carl Icahn. Icahn has produced an incredible return of 48.96% year-to-date. That truly is an amazing return, but he's not alone. Next up is David Einhorn with a return of 41.37% YTD. Bringing up the rear with a very impressive 27.95% return YTD is Bill Ackman.

I think we can all agree that these three brilliant billionaire fund managers have all produced outstanding returns so far this year. I congratulate all three hedge fund managers. It's even more remarkable when you consider that the stock market hasn't had much sustained movement to the upside this year. In fact, just recently most of the major indices were flat to lower on the year.

This leads me to the main lesson at hand... with the right tools you can surpass the returns of these hedge fund all-stars. Continue reading "How To Beat These Billionaire Hedge Fund Managers"

Dissecting MarketClub's World Cup Portfolio

Today we are going to take a look at MarketClub's World Cup Portfolio (formerly World Commodity Portfolio) that has been tracking six markets for the past three years. I think it is fair to say that the last 36 months have presented one of the most challenging trading environments in recent memory.

So how do we do it?

I put together this very short video which is only 1 minute 45 seconds long and gives you all the information that you need to decide whether or not this approach is one that could work for you. Bear in mind that the World Cup Portfolio is a leveraged portfolio unlike our "Perfect Portfolio" which is not leveraged.

The video can be viewed right here.

Please give us your thoughts and comments on our blog. I think you will find this video very informative and educational.

All the best,

Adam Hewison
President of INO.com
Co-founder of MarketClub

Q1: Gold vs. "World Cup Portfolio"

We began Q1 with high hopes of keeping our winning streak alive, just as we had finished out the year on a very positive note with some strong gains in Q4 of 2009.

Q1 proved to be a challenging quarter for the "World Cup Portfolio." Out of the six markets we track, we had winning positions in four markets (that's the good news) and losing positions in the other two.
However, the big disappointment in Q1 was the gold market which produced our biggest quarterly loss of any market since we began tracking the "World Cup Portfolio."

The main reason for this loss was the choppy, trend-less action in the gold market. In the eleven quarters we have been tracking gold, we have made money in eight of those quarters. This is not the time to abandon trading gold, rather it is a time to continue with our game plan and "Trade Triangle" approach that has been so successful for this portfolio. Furthermore we have never had back-to-back losing quarters in gold.

On the brighter side, the grain markets proved to be resilient and just the ticket as corn, wheat, and soybeans all put in positive performances. The only other market to put in a negative performance in Q1 was crude oil. Continue reading "Q1: Gold vs. "World Cup Portfolio""

How Did the World Cup Portfolio Fare in Q4?

The last quarter of '09 proved to be the sweetest quarter for the year for a World Cup Portfolio. For the quarter, we had a dollar return of $16,041.75 before commissions, which is approximately a 32% return on capital. The World Cup Portfolio (WCP) needs $50,000 to run and is based on double margins for every market. Double margins mean that by depositing twice the amount of money that is required by the exchanges, you are effectively de-leveraging the instrument you are trading. We consider this a more conservative approach to the commodity markets.

The Q4 results have proven to be very successful for MarketClub members using this strategy. With a 90% win rate, the World Cup Portfolio stands out as being an excellent investment vehicle over the long-term. It is interesting to note that the only market that has scored successfully in every quarter is the wheat market. The other five markets: corn, soybeans, crude oil, gold and the dollar index have all come in between the 80 and 90% range.

Continue reading "How Did the World Cup Portfolio Fare in Q4?"

Q3 Results ... Best Of The Year So Far

We've had numerous requests for our Q3 numbers and we apologize for getting them published so late. It's not that they are bad, in fact, they are our best quarterly numbers so far for the year. Q4 looks to be stellar and we're looking forward to sharing those numbers with you in the early part of 2010.

So how do we do in Q3?

As you may or may not know we track six markets and have been doing this since Q3 of 2007. The six markets are: corn, wheat, soybeans, crude oil, gold and the dollar index.

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