GRM Tutorial

Gold Rotation Model

The Gold Rotation Model (GRM) helps you determine when gold is a suitable investment, or when bonds are a better alternative. It utilizes a momentum based approach to keep you in gold only when positive price performance is expected.

This tutorial will guide you through applying the GRM’s recommendations to your own personal portfolio.

Getting Started

The Gold Rotation Model is updated monthly. Updated recommendations are accessible with a premium subscription and are available on the first trading day of each month. They represent proper positioning for the duration of that month.

Updated recommendations can be accessed through the Current Recommendations page, available at the top of our home page once you log in. An email is sent out each month to alert you when updated recommendations have been posted.

To get the most out of the GRM, you will want to update your holdings immediately upon receiving the latest recommendations.

How to Use

The most straightforward way to leverage the GRM is to follow it exactly, as it rotates between gold and short-term bonds. When a position in gold is recommended, the SPDR Gold Shares exchange-traded fund (ETF) GLD is used.

  • If the GRM selects GLD, it means that gold is expected to perform well during the month. A position in gold should be maintained or established. Use ticker symbol “GLD” to find this fund through your online brokerage account.
  • If the GRM selects BSV, it implies that gold is facing a difficult environment and is likely to lose value during the month. Sell any positions in gold and place those funds in BSV (a short-term bond ETF). Use ticker symbol “BSV” to find this fund through your online brokerage account.

You will need to monitor both the GRM and your positions monthly.

Additional Considerations

It is not imperative that you use GLD as your method for investing in gold. GLD is recommended because it is the largest and most liquid gold exchange-traded fund in the world. However, if you are more comfortable using a different gold fund or investing in physical bullion, feel free to do so.

Please understand that if you do not use GLD as your vehicle for owning gold, your results may differ slightly from the GRM’s returns.

The historical backtested performance of the GRM is based on following the model exactly, owning gold during periods of strong performance and exiting to the safety of short-term bonds when gold performance is weak. While the results speak for themselves, we understand that you may not want to completely eliminate gold from your portfolio, even when its performance is weak.

If that’s the case, consider keeping a “base amount” of gold at all times, and using the GRM to earn excess returns by adding to your position when gold is performing well and decreasing your exposure when it is expected to lose value. Trading around a core position like this can enhance returns while also ensuring that your base level of exposure is maintained.

Color Coding

On the Current Recommendations page you will find the latest GRM recommendation and you will also find a table that ranks all the funds included in the GRM from best to worst. We have included this information for those who may wish to deviate slightly from the model’s recommendation, either for diversification purposes or other reasons. In the Complete Ranking Table, you will notice a color coding schema designed to alert you to the status of each option. The color coding is as follows:

Green Showing positive price performance and acceptable as an investment
Yellow Acceptable as an investment but significantly better alternatives exist
Red Not recommended at this time

All items in green are acceptable investments, but we recommend you stick with the highest ranked options to achieve optimal performance.

A final reminder, not following the GRM’s exact strategy and recommendations will result in returns that differ from the model’s historical and future performance.

This wraps up the GRM Tutorial.

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