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How Capital Power Ratio Can Make Mutual Fund Investing Great Again


In 2011, I authored a groundbreaking paper introducing the concept of the Capital Power RatioTM (CPR). At that time, the CPR algorithm was a powerful first step in what would become an extremely effective calculation methodology, offering investors a unique perspective on achieving asymmetric returns relative to a benchmark index. The paper laid the foundation for exploring the potential of CPR as a powerful tool to potentially reduce loss and enhance capital compounding in the world of finance.

Over the years, we have not only refined the CPR methodology but also taken it a significant step further. With unwavering dedication and a commitment to innovation, we have harnessed the power of technology and quantitative analysis to bring the concept of CPR to new heights. Through proprietary quantitative filtering, advanced algorithms, and multi-thread Python coding, we have propelled CPR into the realm of cutting-edge investment analysis.

This paper represents the culmination of years of research, development, and testing. It showcases the evolution of CPR from its humble beginnings to a formidable force in the world of finance. The integration of machine optimization with CPR has opened new avenues for investors, empowering them with deeper insights into risk and return dynamics across diverse financial instruments.

In recent years, the allure of passive, low-cost ETFs has overshadowed the potential of active mutual funds. However, by harnessing the CPR ranking and optimization process, we reinvigorated the spotlight on legendary mutual funds and their active management benefits. This approach unveils their capacity to generate robust returns and manage risk effectively, even in a landscape dominated by automated investment options. As we explore the synergy between CPR ranking, optimization, and active fund management, we shed light on a pathway that redefines the narrative around mutual funds, emphasizing their enduring value in today's ever-changing financial environment.

What is Capital Power Ratio?

At the heart of Capital Power Ratio lies a simple yet powerful concept: the quantification of a security's ability to achieve asymmetrical returns in relation to a benchmark index. CPR is calculated by dividing the upmarket capture by the down market capture. A CPR value greater than 1.0 indicates an investment’s potential to compound capital more efficiently than accepting the systemic loss and risk involved with passive index investing. An investment or manager that can deliver a CPR greater than 1.0 exhibits the ability to capture more upside potential than downside risk. CPR serves as a reliable metric for evaluating an investment's capacity to generate long-term wealth while minimizing exposure to market downturns.

Broad Applicability

One of the most compelling aspects of CPR lies in its versatility, making it applicable to various financial instruments. Whether it's traditional mutual funds or the more sophisticated realm of ETFs, separately managed accounts, and alternative investments, CPR serves as a unified framework for assessing performance and risk across diverse assets. This adaptability ensures a standardized and systematic approach to investment analysis, catering to both large and small investment lists.

The power of CPR extends to different timeframes, offering valuable insights into performance consistency and resilience across various market conditions. Short-term CPR analysis provides immediate feedback on a fund's responsiveness to recent market movements, while longer-term CPR unveils an investment's ability to weather market cycles and demonstrate consistent performance. By considering multiple time horizons, investors gain a comprehensive view of an investment's performance potential.

Powerful Ranking Methodology

When using CPR as the foundation for ranking funds (or, other securities), this process emerges as a potent tool for discerning... read more



Unless otherwise indicated all performance is sourced from Bloomberg.


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