Well thank heavens that 2018 is over. There were ups... downs....whipsaws....phantom bonanzas....you name it. That is as much as I would like to say about it in general....but the point I would like to make for 2018 is .....does a year really matter in the context of my heady aspirations of wealth building while swinging in this hammock?
While offering nothing to crow about, a flat return from the systematic trend following funds for the month is certainly a welcome result considering equities represented by the S&P500 TR Index (Total Return) plummeted 7.7% in November which added to the pain of Septembers plunge bringing the S&P500 TR Index to a 12.2% drawdown from it's equity high in August 2018.
October 2018 has tested the resolve of trend followers where we have suffered a similar fate to February 2018 and have witnessed a fairly nasty whipsaw in Energy, Fixed Income and Equity markets. Given that we had just caught the waves of September's volatility surge....all our hopes for the emergence of some good enduring swells in our direction were shattered as mean reversion started to enter the mix as markets rebounded sharply from their maximum adverse excursions resulting in some crazy double-up formations and some spectacular wipe-outs.
September 2018 saw the re-emergence of volatility in the equity markets with an ensuing decline in the S&P 500 TR Index (includes dividends) of 6.83% for the month. Does this small blip in an otherwise linear ascent in the Index since January 2009 signal further volatility ahead....or like February 2018, will we see a return to the progressive surge of the Index to new highs?