Oil price has had a wild ride this year, crashing nearly 80% from January through April. I-System strategies navigated the event remarkably well, capturing more than $42/bbl in profits. At the time, I summarized this in my article, “With I-System through the storm… with flying colors!”
But trend following does less well during trend reversals and our strategies gave back some of those gains. The chart below illustrates the performance of the 12 I-System strategies included in our Major Markets report:
On average, the strategies captured $42.45/bbl in profits from February trough to April peak. They subsequently gave back $9.79/bbl. For the previous 12 months they generated a profit of just under $28/bbl. A few weeks ago I put together a chart summarizing the strategies’ longer-term performance:
Given the extreme, roller-coaster like oil price fluctuations over these years, it would have been difficult to attain this performance without the utmost consistency and focus of well-forged systematic trend following strategies. This highlights once more our contention that trend following is the only valid answer to the problem of uncertainty. A few weeks ago, none other than Paul Tudor Jones expressed agreement in his May newsletter:
“One thing I have learned over time is the best thing to do is let market price action guide your decision-making and then try to understand the fundamentals as they become more evident and comprehensible.”
The winners and the losers
This year’s turbulence has left many casualties in its wake: one airline reported losing $325 million on their fuel hedging; a large trading firm reportedly lost $1.6 billion and as many as 24 independent oil and gas firms filed for bankruptcy. Here is what they had in common: they did not subscribe to I-System TrendCompass and relied on price forecasts instead.
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