HBecker – another star Trader on Wikifolio

Earlier we analyzed the performance of Einstein, a star trader on Wikifolio who has beaten (and continues to beat) the market. There is one more luminary on Wikifolio - and it is HBecker. Formally, Einstein is Number One in terms of absolute returns (by comparable historical drawdown). However, HBecker has even smoother equity curve and much better hit rate. If you still ask, who is better, the right answer is both are better! We summarize the trading history of HBecker and remind you that Wikifolio is an excellent place to learn from experienced traders but a bad place to invest your money unless you can deeply analyze the risks.HBecker Boersenbriefempfehlungen nutzen - equity Curve

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If you got an offer from a Forex Fund Manager

If you got an offer (via a social media) to provide money for an FX managed account and share the profit then you most likely encounter a scammer. However, not always. Recently, we got two offers and by these examples we explain how to distinguish a typical scammer from a trader, who likely does make money. Continue reading "If you got an offer from a Forex Fund Manager"

Screening DeGiro free ETFs

Yesterday we celebrated our first anniversary and mentioned that we are going to make the asset screening as automatic as possible. But it is a long (or at least mid) term project but time and tide wait for no man. Thus we made for you a manual pre-screening of about 600 ETFs that can be traded on NYSE or NASDAQ via DeGiro without broker fees (except the so-called modality payments, which are though negligible).
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letYourMoneyGrow.com is one year (and one day) old!

One year ago we launched letYourMoneyGrow.com and we already can report some achievements!
1.  We have created and keep developing our Quantitative Toolbox.  In particular, you will not find suchlike Option Calculator with scenario simulation or mortgage calculator with estimation of the interest rate risk anywhere else.
2. Thanks to Einstein, we disproved the stupid mantra that allegedly "nobody can be better than the market". On the other hand we have shown that many "solid" institutional asset managers and [self-proclaimed] stock market "gurus" cannot beat the market. Thus, only track record matters!
3. We have demonstrated, first of all by the example of IREX, how a quantitative performance analysis can help by investment decisions. At least in case of IREX it was clear that the guy will fail and he recently did!

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Häuslebau I – Grundstück finden und Finanzierung bekommen

Immobilien werden in Deutschland immer teurer und über mögliche Immobilienblase haben wir mehrmals vorgewarnt. Gleichzeitig wiesen wir darauf hin, dass die gesetzliche Rente im Alter nicht ausreicht (man wird davon wohl die Miete nicht bezahlen können). Eine Lösung gibt es aber und wir erklären diese.
Der Erwerb einer Immobilie ist längst nicht nur die Sache der Finanzierung bzw. Geldanlage.  Am 07.08.2017 habe ich den Kaufvertrag unterschrieben und berichte über die entstandenen Herausforderungen und zu beachtenden rechtlichen Aspekte.


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Lukas Spang (Junolyst) – neuer Warren Buffett oder nur Glückspilz?

Wir analysieren die Performance eines der populärsten Wikifolios "Chancen suchen und finden" von Junolyst (Lukas Spang, 25 Jahre alt).
Ein gewisses Stockpicking-Talent ist beim Herrn Spang vermutbar, jedoch ist die Performance seines Wikifolios im Wesentlichen durch den allgemeinen starken Bullentrend bestimmt. Hingegen ist seine Trading-Fähigkeit sehr mäßig, seine 2420 Tranksaktionen sind meistens Noise.
Wikifolio "Chancen suchen und finden" (aktuell ca. €9 Mio AUM) stoßt schon jetzt auf die Grenze der Skalierbarkeit. Viele Aktien in Portfolio sind schon überbewertet und bei allen davon ist die Streubesitz-Quote ziemlich niedrig. Das bedeutet: bei fallendem Markt wird dieses Wikifolio (mindestens) ebenso stark fallen, wie es jetzt (bei steigendem Markt) wächst!

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Numeracy for Traders – Lesson 3 – Ode to Deferred Withholding Tax

Many investment funds and financial services that want your money argue with a deferred capital yield tax. For instance, in Germany if you trade by yourself, you immediately pay the capital returns tax [Kapitalertragsteuer]  (unless the net result of your previous trades is negative). But if you invest in a fund, you don't pay the tax on returns until you sell your share (you still pay a tax on dividends).
We show that though, in general, an investor profits from tax deferral, one should not exaggerate its effect. Moreover, due to annual tax-exempt amounts [Jahresfreibetrag], an immediate taxation can be better than a deferred one. 

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Wikifolio – meine größte Enttäuschung

Früher waren wir mit Wikifolio begeistert und haben es als "genuinely social FinTech Projekt" bezeichnet. Jedoch leider ist Wikifolio kein echt soziales FinTech, sondern nur noch ein weiteres Versuch, kurzfristig auf Kosten von Privatinvestoren zu profitieren. Langfristig werden viele Investoren damit Verluste machen, wodurch auch die Reputation der Finanzbranche (noch einmal) stark beschädigt wird.
Wir erklären, woran das liegt. Dabei versuchen wir bei unserer Kritik möglichst sachlich zu bleiben. Denn können die Privatinvestoren von Wikifolio trotzdem stark profitieren: durch die Beobachtung und Trade-Analyse von erfolgreichen Portfoliomanagern.
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Tulipmania Deja Vu – Why I don’t trade Cryptocurrencies

Friends of mine ask me why I don't trade the Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Finally, it does not matter what to trade as long as one can make a return. The reason is that indeed I hardly can, since:
1. Contrary to [German] stocks, I don't have such a deep knowledge of cryptocurrencies.
2. Enormous volatility of Bitcoin makes the re-investment of winnings virtually impossible, so one can achieve only linear, not an exponential growth by active trading.
3. I have a strong allergy when something clearly resembles a tulipmania or a Ponzi scheme.
4. Theoretically a blockchain cannot be forged but in practice th
ere are implementation bugs. And technical limitations (which recently might have caused the split of Bitcoin in two currencies).
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Contango and Cash: the rollover costs are not always prohibitive

As we published our recommendation to invest in commodities, we got a remark that we should not neglect the contango effect and rollover costs. So we analyzed them and came to a conclusion that although the costs of futures rolling (and ETF fees) are not negligible, they are also not so important, compared to the recent movements of commodity prices.

There were ten futures for the nearest months
Roll over, roll over.
And the January futures was to expire
Nine!

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