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Gold Rotation Model

Gold Rotation ModelThe Gold Rotation Model (GRM) helps you determine when gold is a suitable investment, and when cash is a better alternative.

Investing in gold can be a profitable, yet frustrating venture. Gold is seen as an alternative currency, a store of value and an insurance policy during periods of social or economic unrest. As such, it can play an important role within an overall portfolio. But gold’s benefits come with certain drawbacks. Gold does not pay any dividends or interest, negating the effects of compounding, and it has historically underperformed nearly all other asset classes.

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For these reasons Model Investing does not recommend having a significant portion of your total assets in gold. However, we recognize that gold can be used effectively to balance out portfolios and we are cognizant that a portion of the investing community is very interested in owning gold, considering it the only real currency.

As a result, we have created the Gold Rotation Model (GRM). The GRM uses similar logic to that of our other investment models.

The chart below shows the back-tested performance of the GRM over the last 26 years. As you can see, the GRM was able to avoid the price declines in gold during both the early and late ’90’s. When the price of gold began to rise swiftly during the early 2000’s, the GRM recognized the change in trend and shifted into gold. That position was maintained until the end of 2012, when the model shifted back to cash.

Gold Rotation Model

Model performance represents total returns and includes reinvestment of dividends and interest. No management fees or transaction costs are included. Historical performance is not an indication or guarantee of future performance.


The Gold Rotation Model determines its position monthly, selecting between gold and cash, and shifts its investment accordingly. When a position in gold is recommended, the SPDR Gold Shares exchange-traded fund (ETF) GLD is used to establish the position.

Moving in and out of gold strategically results in greater returns and less risk than a typical buy-and-hold approach. The table below contains a series of portfolio statistics allowing you to compare the GRM against a buy-and-hold approach to owning gold.

Gold Rotation Model (GRM) Portfolio Statistics
Strategy Compound Annual Return Alpha1 Beta1 Standard Deviation Maximum Drawdown Sharpe Ratio Sorentino Ratio Treynor Ratio
GRM 5.17% N/A 0.07 12.72% -28.77% 0.24 0.39 0.41
GLD (Gold) 3.99% N/A -0.17 15.05% -42.91% 0.15 0.16 -0.13
Data for 26-Year Period (1991 – 2016)           1 Benchmarked against the S&P 500

Over the last 26 years the compound annual return of the GRM has outpaced that of owning gold. In addition, the GRM experienced less volatility (risk) and lower magnitude losses than that of a buy-and-hold approach. The enhanced returns and reduced volatility provide for notably higher risk-adjusted returns, as evidenced by the Sharpe, Sorentino and Treynor Ratios.

For a complete description on how to interpret various portfolio statistics, please click here. Or for a quick reference guide, see here.

As stated earlier, large positions in gold are not recommended. However, if you are going to invest in gold, the GRM can help you take advantage of rising prices, while sidestepping major losses.

The current GRM selection and ongoing monthly updates are accessible with a premium subscription. Updated recommendations are provided on the first trading day of each month. Sign up today for access to the Gold Rotation Model and all of our other models.

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The information provided here is for informational purposes only. Model returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Investing involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment. Nothing contained herein should be construed as a warranty of investment results. Past performance is not an indication of future results. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility. Model Investing maintains positions in the funds discussed within this site according to model recommendations.
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