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by unknownfuture
Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 1147
Views: 320970

Re: Share your net worth progression

My net worth progress 2012: ~ -$50,000 (student debt) 2013: ~ $50,000 (Sold startup) 2017: ~$500,000 (Researcher at big corp) 2019: ~$2,500,000 (Researcher at big corp) When I did a startup, I earned $50K per year, post tax. As a researcher in industry, I make ~ 30x as much on a yearly basis, with m...
by unknownfuture
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: IT compensation comparison
Replies: 269
Views: 25362

Re: IT compensation comparison

This is very anecdotal, but a friend of mine works at FAANG with a total comp of ~$2.5M a year, with a technical, non-managing role. The data on website levels.fyi indicates that he "should" make about $350K at his level. He has a fairly exceptional background. I don't know how rare his level of com...
by unknownfuture
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 1779
Views: 128550

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

In taxable, instead of using futures one could also simply use less than 3x leverage, by using a combination of 1x, 2x and 3x leveraged ETFs. With e.g. 1.5x leverage it's much easier to rebalance in a tax-friendly way (tax loss harvesting etc.).
by unknownfuture
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: We want all-in-one balanced ETFs. Where are they?
Replies: 34
Views: 2626

Re: We want all-in-one balanced ETFs. Where are they?

In our current situation, our taxable account holds a balanced portfolio of ETFs where I try to maximize risk-adjusted returns. I try to rebalance through aggressive tax-cost harvesting and through new money, but due to the high tax cost, the extend to which we can rebalance is pretty limited. What...
by unknownfuture
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: We want all-in-one balanced ETFs. Where are they?
Replies: 34
Views: 2626

Re: We want all-in-one balanced ETFs. Where are they?

There are definitely pros and cons to all-in-one funds. I personally believe that the potentially most important pro is that they may foster good behavior. I'm slightly skeptical about the good behavior argument for balanced funds. It's entirely psychological -- they don't physically prevent you in...
by unknownfuture
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: We want all-in-one balanced ETFs. Where are they?
Replies: 34
Views: 2626

Re: We want all-in-one balanced ETFs. Where are they?

There are definitely pros and cons to all-in-one funds. I personally believe that the potentially most important pro is that they may foster good behavior. I'm slightly skeptical about the good behavior argument for balanced funds. It's entirely psychological -- they don't physically prevent you in...
by unknownfuture
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: We want all-in-one balanced ETFs. Where are they?
Replies: 34
Views: 2626

We want all-in-one balanced ETFs. Where are they?

Hi all, In our current situation, our taxable account holds a balanced portfolio of ETFs where I try to maximize risk-adjusted returns. I try to rebalance through aggressive tax-cost harvesting and through new money, but due to the high tax cost, the extend to which we can rebalance is pretty limite...
by unknownfuture
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What to do with cash in Schwab?
Replies: 42
Views: 2778

Re: What to do with cash in Schwab?

I'm in a very similar situation as OP and what I do is I buy the iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF (SHV). The yield is >2% and virtually tax free, which is very important is our case. As you can see the swings in principle are tiny, since the bonds have such short duration.
by unknownfuture
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

Days like today are what worry me for this strategy, granted your stocks did well, but long term yields went up 3 bps while short term went down 10 bps. Somebody please come out with a leveraged 2 yr treasury ETF so I can run a risk parity strategy with it. If you're willing to use futures instead ...
by unknownfuture
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Was the great bond bull market just plain bull?
Replies: 47
Views: 5714

Re: Was the great bond bull market just plain bull?

Awesome, thanks! That was very helpful.
by unknownfuture
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Was the great bond bull market just plain bull?
Replies: 47
Views: 5714

Was the great bond bull market just plain bull?

Hi all, I'm trying to better understand the expected long-term returns on long-term treasury bond funds such as VUSTX (Vanguard's LTT fund), TLT and TMF. I found these blog posts interesting in that respect: https://www.blackrockblog.com/2019/01/16/debunking-great-bond-bull-market/ https://www.black...
by unknownfuture
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

Mildly interesting: USMV (min vol ETF) has, so far moved similarly as a 50/50 portfolio of SPY/IEF (S&P500 / intermediate term treasuries) with 1.6x leverage: https://www.portfoliovisualizer.com/backtest-portfolio?s=y&timePeriod=4&startYear=1985&firstMonth=1&endYear=2019&lastMonth=12&calendarAligned...
by unknownfuture
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

My point is volatility decay precisely. Volatility is a factor in decay but so is return. Flatter assets like bonds will hurt more due to flat or declining trends. Example is how UPRO has returned ~>5x the S&P500’s return while 3x LTT’s did far worse than 3x the 1955-1982 return. You raised an exce...
by unknownfuture
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

"Close to risk parity" is certainly arbitrary. You're as close to risk parity as a 50/50 stock/ITT portfolio is which, IMO, is far from risk parity. True risk parity would be achieved at around 25/75 stocks/ITTs. I would say your portfolio is significantly far from that. But again, "far" is an arbi...
by unknownfuture
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

The philosophy of this thread is to achieve the highest risk-adjusted return via risk parity. Your portfolio is very far from risk parity though. I should increase my exposure to ITT, but besides that, I have a close to risk parity portfolio. Risk parity can be combined with any amount of leverage:...
by unknownfuture
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

The philosophy of this thread is to achieve the highest risk-adjusted return via risk parity. Your portfolio is very far from risk parity though. I should increase my exposure to ITT, but besides that, I have a close to risk parity portfolio. Risk parity can be combined with any amount of leverage:...
by unknownfuture
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

... EDV gives similar exposure as TYD but without the hefty ER or volatility decay issue. This is unsupported by facts, as far as I know. Do you have evidence that supports the hypothesis that a portfolio with EDV results in better risk-adjusted returns than TYD? While EDV and TYD have similar "eff...
by unknownfuture
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

MotoTrojan wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:13 am
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EDV gives similar exposure as TYD but without the hefty ER or volatility decay issue.
Do you have evidence that supports the hypothesis that a portfolio with EDV results in better risk-adjusted returns than TYD?
by unknownfuture
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

Three more datapoints in support of using ITT instead of LTT, this time in terms of monthly correlations: ... Correlation isn’t the full story. LTT will move further as well which provides a bigger diversification bonus for similar correlations. This is why those that use short term treasuries need...
by unknownfuture
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

Three more datapoints in support of using ITT instead of LTT, this time in terms of monthly correlations: - Since 2000, ITT and LTT have been equally good diversifiers: https://www.portfoliovisualizer.com/asset-correlations?s=y&symbols=VFINX%2CVUSTX%2CVFITX&startDate=01%2F01%2F2000&timePeriod=2&trad...
by unknownfuture
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

What's a good risk parity strategy for a taxable account? I think it's still somewhat of an open question that I've been trying to answer. To somewhat approximate the limited possibility of rebalancing in a taxable account, I ran simulations withy yearly (instead of quarterly) rebalancing. Specifica...
by unknownfuture
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

I just started a similar risk parity strategy and now own $220k in TMF, which is more than 0.1% of it's AUM. Strange to own so much, but OK. I wonder how much these forum members have added to its AUM. Care to elaborate on your variation? Good luck! My situation: - I'm young (mid-30's) and willing ...
by unknownfuture
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

I just started a similar risk parity strategy and now own $220k in TMF, which is more than 0.1% of it's AUM. Strange to own so much, but OK. I wonder how much these forum members have added to its AUM.
by unknownfuture
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The 17th Century Bond That’s Still Paying Interest
Replies: 14
Views: 3383

The 17th Century Bond That’s Still Paying Interest

https://www.amusingplanet.com/2018/08/the-17th-century-bond-thats-still.html?m=1 Interesting article on 370 year old bonds that are still paying interest today. "[...] There are some bonds issued way back in the 17th century that are still paying out interest. These bonds were issued by Hoogheemraa...
by unknownfuture
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bright daughter wants to work for nonprofit
Replies: 103
Views: 8760

Re: Bright daughter wants to work for nonprofit

Non-profits can be high-paying, if you're competent and your skill is sought after.
by unknownfuture
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are Vanguard Mutual Funds dying?
Replies: 152
Views: 17627

Re: Are Vanguard Mutual Funds dying?

ETFs can be MUCH more tax efficient than mutual funds: if there is turnover, an ETF can avoid capital gains almost completely through the fund redemption/creation process. For example, I like to invest in minimum volatility funds. Vanguard's VMNVX has about 20% turnover, which results in significant...
by unknownfuture
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [misleading] "The Greatest Investor You’ve Never Heard Of: An Optometrist Who Beat The Odds To Become A Billionaire"
Replies: 6
Views: 2042

[misleading] "The Greatest Investor You’ve Never Heard Of: An Optometrist Who Beat The Odds To Become A Billionaire"

https://www.forbes.com/sites/maddieberg/2019/02/19/the-greatest-investor-youve-never-heard-of-an-optometrist-who-beat-the-odds-to-become-a-billionaire/ EDIT: as pointed out below, the article is misleading: besides investor he was also a succesful entrepeneur, which might have been a bigger contribu...
by unknownfuture
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

Pezblanco, I assume your graph shows estimated real returns (i.e. inflation-adjusted), like your previous posts? Yes ... I only have been using real data. Great! Did, with the new formula, the estimated variance also improve? (Or, at least, the probability of negative returns...) In any case, thank...
by unknownfuture
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

Pezblanco, I assume your graph shows estimated real returns (i.e. inflation-adjusted), like your previous posts?
by unknownfuture
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Leveraging Stock/Bond Portfolios and the Kelly Criterion
Replies: 19
Views: 1522

Re: Leveraging Stock/Bond Portfolios and the Kelly Criterion

OK .... let me think about that. What I could do is just delete years from the 50years that have high T-bill rates. That would just take a couple of IF statements in the (bad) Matlab code that I write. Give me some parameters that you might like to see and I'll see if I can get around to it. So, le...
by unknownfuture
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Leveraging Stock/Bond Portfolios and the Kelly Criterion
Replies: 19
Views: 1522

Re: Leveraging Stock/Bond Portfolios and the Kelly Criterion

OK, interesting. One limitation of the model is that you include years with very different T-bill rates. To get a more realistic estimate of returns and dispersion, without changing the model: you could limit the dataset to past years that were similar to the current lending environment. For example...
by unknownfuture
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Leveraging Stock/Bond Portfolios and the Kelly Criterion
Replies: 19
Views: 1522

Re: Leveraging Stock/Bond Portfolios and the Kelly Criterion

1) Does your model take into account the depdencies between returns of the S&P 500, LTT, and short term T-bill rates? Or did you assume independence? (E.g. the negative correlations between stocks and LTT in times of sharp bear markets can obviously positively affect the return of the 40/60 portfoli...
by unknownfuture
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Leveraging Stock/Bond Portfolios and the Kelly Criterion
Replies: 19
Views: 1522

Re: Leveraging Stock/Bond Portfolios and the Kelly Criterion

Interesting... If I understand correctly, you estimate the yearly return based on a 40/60 portfolio at the start of the year? So, the equivalent of yearly rebalancing?

Thanks.
by unknownfuture
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]
Replies: 3353
Views: 307795

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure [risk parity strategy using 3x leveraged ETFs]

First of all, thank you for this thread; I appreciate it. 1) Some people in this thread have expressed fear that if too many people pile on this strategy, it will stop working. How realistic is this fear? The underlying S&P 500 stocks and LTT bonds have enormous market cap, so changing the UPRO and ...