Focus Four

The strategy is a global, rules-based tactical ETF model with the objective of long-term capital appreciation while minimizing risk.

Strategy Description

 The model ranks 14 ETFs in different asset classes including:  U.S. stocks, International and Emerging Markets, Real Estate, Commodities, Gold, U.S. Treasuries, Corporate, High Yield, and International bonds.

Focus Four uses a dual-ranking system based on the underlying risk of the asset class. This process helps to reduce the volatilty of the model.  The ETFs are separated by risk, then ranked.  The top ETFs from each system are chosen for investment.

Using our Downside Risk Protector©, the model will move into cash or short-term securities during down markets which helps minimize risk and maximize gains.


Sharpe Ratio – the average return earned in excess of the risk-free rate.  A higher Sharpe Ration is better

Risk-Free Rate – represents the interest an investor would expect from an absolutely risk-free investment over a specified period of time.

Sortino Ratio – another measure of risk that takes into account the downside deviation of the asset.  A higher Sortino Ratio is better.

What is Drawdown?

Drawdown is the measure from the highest high to the lowest low or peak to trough during a specific time period.  It is an important measurement of risk.  A larger drawdown requires a more significant increase in the security to recover.

Volatility measures the change in the price of an investment.  The higher the volatility, the higher the difference between the high and the low of an investment’s price.

The 12 Month Rolling ROR is the compound rate of return for the last 12 months.  The rate of return is the gain or loss on an investment over a specified time period, expressed as a percentage of the investment’s cost.

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