DOGS OF THE SEASON investment strategy
Every autumn I buy 4 stocks
Every spring I sell them
Here is my performance:
The average annual gain is +16.8%.
The strategy can be improved by adding cryptocurrency to the portfolio.
Performance table of the original DOTS strategy:
2018 0% No stocks (100% cash)*
Nov 29, 2017 -
2017 +15.9% BIIB, BIVV*, DG, DIS, LUV
Oct 25, 2016 - Apr 20, 2017
2016 -6.8% AAPL, DSW, GBX, GILD
Oct 16, 2015 - Apr 25, 2016
2015+20.0% ALK, BBBY, CTSH, HON
Oct 23, 2014 - May 1, 2015
2014+10.6% INT, MSFT, TRW, WMT
Oct 16, 2013 - May 9, 2014
2013+10.3% EWBC, INGR, OIS, ORCL
Nov 26, 2012 - Apr 22, 2013
2012+28.1% AAPL, BKI, FRX, ROST
Oct 17, 2011 - Apr 20, 2012
2011+22.8% BKE, ENDP, MSFT, NUS
Oct 18, 2010 - May 9, 2011
2010+18.7% AAP, DLM, IBM, WXS
Oct 16, 2009 - Apr 20, 2010
2009+2.7% ADM, ME, RBN, RDC
Oct 28, 2008 - Apr 21, 2009
2008+25.3% MAN, OIS, PCU, TDW
Nov 11, 2007 - May 8, 2008
2007+37.1% BEN, GOOG, HP, HURN
Oct 16, 2006 - Jun 7, 2007
You can verify my performance on Twitter, bitcoin blockchain (search "dogsoftheseason") and HotStockMarket (archive).
My name is Tomo Helman and every year I follow the same rules to pick stocks and to decide when to buy/sell them.

I call this strategy Dogs of The Season (DOTS). The season I'm referring to is the period from autumn to spring during which I hold stocks. From spring to autumn I hold cash.

You've probably heard of
‘Sell in May and Go Away’
Well, that famous saying really works according to this recent academic study and Seasonal Timing Strategy introduced in 1999 in the book Riding the Bear written by one of the best market timers in the world - Sy Harding.

I use technical analysis to determine exact dates in autumn and spring to buy and sell stocks.

Don't be scared to use this (or any) strategy because of one bad season. There's no reason to believe that the strategy has stopped working - just the probability that the next seasons will be above average is increased.

OK, now I know when to buy and sell stocks, but which ones? Here comes my stock selection process which chooses fundamentally strong companies from Barron's 400 Index that meet certain criteria. If you want to find out more, you will have to contact me or wait for my book ☺.