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Unlocking Growth with the Trend Switch US 1000 SMA

Updated: Feb 6

A 30-Year Track Record of Performance and Innovation

Investing in today's dynamic markets requires strategies that can adapt, balance risk and reward, and capitalize on opportunities. The WBI BullBear Trend Switch US 1000 SMA, a part of our Trend Switch series, offers a sophisticated approach to navigate market trends and manage risk. The models use AI to generate predictive analytics that produce a weekly "risk on" or "risk off" signal. The strategy aims to optimize bull and bear market cycles in an effort to produce attractive returns with less risk, providing investors with a 30-year track record of performance and innovation.

A Data-Driven Approach

At the core of the Trend Switch US 1000 SMA is a global macro data-driven model. Every week, our models make a 'risk-on' or 'risk-off' decision based on a comprehensive range of influential factors, including CPI, market momentum, earnings, and more. This dynamic approach allows us to invest in large-cap stocks via ETFs during upward trends, aiming to maximize gains, and move to cash or cash-like instruments during downward trends, aiming to protect capital.

A Compelling Performance Record

As of December 31, 2023, the Trend Switch US 1000 SMA has achieved a 24.33% return, net of fees, competitive with the S&P 500 Index’s return of 26.29%, showcasing its ability to deliver attractive returns in the current market environment, . The strategy achieved a strong 7.79% annualized return over 3 years, versus the S&P 500 Index at 10.00%. Though slightly less than the S&P 500 Index over the 5 and 10 year periods, the Trend Switch US 1000 SMA delivered steady positive returns of 5.70% (5 years) and 6.17% (10 years), versus 15.69% and 12.03% for the S&P 500 Index respectively. Since its inception in 1992, the Trend Switch US 1000 SMA provided 6.18% return (10.15% for the S&P 500 Index for the same period). Over the long term, with a 30-year track record, the Trend Switch US 1000 SMA has demonstrated its ability to consistently perform and adapt across different market cycles.

Risk Management

One of the most compelling aspects of the Trend Switch US 1000 SMA is its commitment to risk management by switching between ‘risk-on’ and ‘risk-off’ positions. Over the 3-year timeframe as of December 31, 2023, the strategy's max drawdown was -11.97%, a remarkable achievement when compared to the S&P 500 Index's drawdown of -23.87%. This risk-mitigation advantage underscores our dedication to capital preservation while seeking growth.

Recognized Excellence

The Trend Switch US 1000 SMA is not only backed by a strong performance track record but also received a 4-star Overall Morningstar RatingTM as of December 31, 2023, based on risk-adjusted returns out of 372 separately managed accounts. This recognition places our strategy among the top in the Morningstar US Tactical Allocation category, reflecting its competitive edge.

Invest with Confidence

With a systematic, AI-powered approach, a history of success spanning three decades, and recognition from Morningstar, the Trend Switch US 1000 SMA offers investors a powerful tool to navigate the complexities of the market. Whether you're looking for growth, risk management, or a balance of both, our strategy is designed to help you achieve your financial objectives.

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All performance and portfolio statistics are as of June 30, 2023 unless otherwise noted.

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