Even More Summer Fun with Biotech and Real Estate

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In this article I highlighted the potential benefit of focusing on biotech and real estate during a particular favorable seasonal period during June and July.  Today we are going to extend the “summer fun” out a little longer.

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The Extended Summer Fun Strategy

The rules are pretty simple:

*Hold biotech (FBIOX) and real estate (FRESX) – split 50/50 – from the close on June trading day number 17 through the close on July trading day #21

*Also hold biotech only (100%) from the close on August trading day #7 through the close on September trading day #9.

The results of this “strategy” (If one can call it that) appear in Figure 1.1Figure 1 – Growth of $1,000 invested in FBIOX and FRESX using Jay’s “Extended Summer Fun” Strategy

For the record:

Measure Result
# Years UP 24 (86%)
# Years DOWN 4 (14%)
Average All Years +8.3%
Average UP Year +10.1%
Average DOWN Year (-2.5%)
Best UP Year +22.7% (1999)
Worst DOWN Year (-7.7%) (2002)

Figure 2 – Summary Results

Year-by-Year Results Appear in Figure 3.

Year % +(-)
1989 12.4
1990 7.9
1991 15.2
1992 7.4
1993 6.3
1994 7.4
1995 8.1
1996 0.4
1997 13.5
1998 (0.8)
1999 22.7
2000 7.6
2001 (0.5)
2002 (7.7)
2003 18.1
2004 9.9
2005 12.3
2006 7.8
2007 2.4
2008 0.3
2009 21.0
2010 1.8
2011 10.5
2012 13.5
2013 19.5
2014 9.9
2015 (1.2)
2016 7.6

Figure 3 – Year-by-Year Results

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So is this “Summer Fun Strategy” really a strategy?  That’s not for me to say.  As always, the stuff I write about here is presented as “information” and not as a “recommendation”.

The competing factors are:

*The long-term results have been pretty consistently good (86% winners)

*However, there is never any guarantee “this time around” AND biotech and real estate can be extremely volatile sectors.

So DO  NOT think of this as a “low risk” strategy.

Still, given that the overall stock market often does little during the summer months, we investors have to look for “fun” wherever we can find it.

Jay Kaeppel

 Disclaimer:  The data presented herein were obtained from various third-party sources.  While I believe the data to be reliable, no representation is made as to, and no responsibility, warranty or liability is accepted for the accuracy or completeness of such information.  The information, opinions and ideas expressed herein are for informational and educational purposes only and do not constitute and should not be construed as investment advice, an advertisement or offering of investment advisory services, or an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy any security.