As the closing bell rang on Thursday, December 31, a challenging year in the markets came to an end.
It left many traders more than ready for a long holiday weekend, with a good excuse for applying generous doses of intoxicants to the New Year’s Eve task of putting the turmoil of he past twelve months behind them.
Buy-and-Hold Strategy Fails Again
After all, 2015 was certainly not a good year for buy-and-hold investors.
The Blue Chips in the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded flat for much of the year before beginning a sharp sell-off at the Venus/Uranus trine in mid-August.
The Dow followed that up by rebounding nicely in October, and then treading water for the remainder of the year.
The index finished the year with a loss of 2.23%.
A Do-Nothing Year For The S&P
The S&P 500 followed a similar pattern.
It finished up the year with a surge of almost 4 percent immediately after the Winter Solstice. Then some uncertainty and profit-taking in the last two trading sessions in December brought it back down to a net loss of 0.73% for the year.
The Biggest Yearly Losses Since 2008
It was by far the worst annual performance for the equities market as a whole since the big bull market got underway in March, 2009.
While the 2015 spikes in market volatility in August and December opened up some good opportunities for short-term trading profits, it was nevertheless an extremely challenging years for most traders.
Applauding The Astro-Trading Track Record
The notable exceptions, of course, were the savvy traders who profited from the astro-trading advantage.
This included our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.
Although we suffered a couple of plateaus in the growth of our equity line for the Financial Cycles Model Portfolio, the year as a whole was quite rewarding as a demonstration of the power of market astrology.
Our Gold-Plus Elite members who traded along with our week-to-week program of stock selection, market analysis, and astrologically-based trading strategies saw a net return for the year of 34.20%.
A Strong Astro-Trading Track Record For 14 Years
The astro-trading track record that we compiled in 2015 may certainly seem remarkable compared to the mediocre performance of the market as a whole.
But this year’s astro-trading track record was right in line with what we have come to expect after more than a decade of applying the principles of financial astrology to active trading in the stock market.
For the past 14 years our average annual ROI with this program has been 35.13%, compared to average annual gains of 5.32% for the Dow and 7.13% for the S&P 500.
While our past performance certainly can’t guarantee future results, it’s clear that this kind of consistent market out-performance is worth paying attention to.
In fact, if anybody makes negative comments about astrology in the markets, or questions the effectiveness of this approach as a trading methodology, just show them this review of the real astro-trading track record that we’ve put together, year after year after year!