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Thomas Bulkowski’s successful investment activities allowed him to retire at age 36. He is an internationally known author and trader with 30+ years of stock market experience and widely regarded as a leading expert on chart patterns. He may be reached at

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Bulkowski's Test Portfolios

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Candles Chart
Small Patterns
Industrials (^DJI):
Transports (^DJT):
Utilities (^DJU):
Nasdaq (^IXIC):
S&P500 (^GSPC):
As of 12/19/2014
17,805 26.65 0.1%
8,989 36.12 0.4%
613 -0.16 0.0%
4,765 16.98 0.4%
2,071 9.42 0.5%
Tom's Targets    Overview: 12/12/2014
18,000 or 16,900 by 01/01/2015
9,300 or 8,500 by 01/01/2015
625 or 580 by 01/01/2015
4,800 or 4,500 by 01/01/2015
2,080 or 1,950 by 01/01/2015
Wilder RSI: -0.1%

Written and copyright © 2008-2013 by Thomas N. Bulkowski. All rights reserved.

This page serves as the gateway to various test portfolios featuring stock transactions updated as transactions occur. The portfolios are setup to test various indicators, methods, and techniques, but are not meant as investment vehicles that you should use. See each portfolio for more information.

Test Portfolio Performance Summary

Year to date, as of 12/19/2014...
The industry relative strength portfolio (closed trades): -1.3%. Open+closed trades: -1.2%.
The Mutual fund (worst performing) portfolio (closed trades): 0.2%. Open+closed trades: 0.6%.
The Mutual fund (best performing) portfolio (closed trades): No trades as yet. Open+closed trades: -5.6%.
The Wilder RSI portfolio (closed trades): No trades as yet. Open+closed trades: -0.1%.
The Wilder RSI portfolio (closed trades): No trades as yet. Open+closed trades: -0.1%.

Test Portfolios

Industry relative strength portfolio.

This portfolio uses a combination of industry relative strength and stock relative strength to time the trades. This method relies on upward momentum of an industry as a buy signal, but does not have a good exit strategy. My tests revealed that the longer you hold onto a stock, the better you tend to do. That is fine as long as the stock rises, but when the market turns down, you are still left holding onto the stock. Subsequent losses follow, so the draw downs can be huge. Thus, if you use this method to buy a stock, it is best that you use your own exit signal to sell a holding.

Mutual fund losers.

Mutual fund losers is a portfolio based on selecting the worst performing index funds and holding them until they recover. Performance tends to be slightly worse than basing results on the best performing mutual fund. For more information on the tests behind this idea, click here.

Mutual fund winners.

Mutual fund winners chooses the best performing mutual funds (both index and non index) and holds them. For more information on the tests behind this idea, click here.

Bulkowski's Watch List.

This is not a model portfolio, but a collection of stocks that I am watching to trade. Just because a stock appears in my watch list is no reason to believe that I will buy it. See the link for more details.

Wilder RSI portfolio.

This portfolio is based on the relative strength index as defined by Welles Wilder. It tends to buy stocks too early and does not sell in a timely manner when they drop. Thus, this is a buy-and-hold type portfolio, where you close your eyes, hold your nose, and just trade when it tells you to, hoping to skip any bear market or weakness in the stock. Nevertheless, it does highlight stocks that are cheap, so if you like bottom fishing, here are some candidates. Just realize that you may be buying too early and have a better exit strategy in place, too.

-- Thomas Bulkowski


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