We apply 100% of the research and strategies covered on this website, in addition to a diversified set of automated trading systems in actual money. Currently, we trade assets totaling between the $1-10 million range. Our Chief Investment Officer, Wei Yan, began trading on an $20,000 account and has generated over +1,000% over the past 4 years without using extensive leverage or trading volatile products such as options or penny stocks. The full HigherAlpha team consists of a total of over 25 years of trading and investment research expertise covering equities, bonds, options, futures, and Forex.
The majority of trades involve trading the ES Futures (S&P 500) outright, typically using 0.25-2x leverage on the account. We combine value and momentum strategies and heavily utilize strategies with a solid edge, proprietary analysis such as Volume Spread Analysis (VSA) and Ratio Spread Analysis (RSA), and proprietary data/tools. All accounts are hedged based on market outlook and negative correlation asset classes to optimize the use of cash while trading futures since they use a futures margin.
Actual Client Performance
Below is a quick glimpse of the account performance of an actual client in which we manage money for. The account trades ES contracts (S&P 500) via systematic and manual trades. The track record reflects actual account balance performance as of the end of each month after commissions and other fees. The illustration below shows performance record from September 2009 to November 2011.
As of 12/31/2012