Sunday, May 29, 2011

Video: Introduction to EzBacktest

It took me a while, but I found the free time and did this today. The audio quality isn't great, and it came out a lot longer than I hoped. But hopefully this will attract more interest.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Version 1.3.3 Released!

It'll take the download sites a few days to update, for now you can download directly from this site.

Changes include the new feature as described recently, to change what index portfolios are measured against. To select your relevant index, click on the tools menu, and pick options.


Friday, May 13, 2011


I'm considering adding the following feature, based on user input:

* Add software setting to change default daily comparison index to a group of available Yahoo indexes.

Also, I'm considering recording a YouTube video tutorial based on the existing page I wrote: Designing a portfolio using EzBacktest .

I only need to find the free time to do it, expect it soon.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Should a person keep holding cash in a money market yielding only 0.25% ?

Here's a non-challange for users of EzBacktest, create a portfolio hoding SHY at 90%, and what-ever else at 10%. Simulate that for about 120 months (the results will probably be shorter). You are likely to see something that's not very rewarding, but definitely not negative or yielding 0.25%. Something is better than nothing, and the banks are giving us precisely nothing these days while inflation and commodities are chewing down on our cash holdings.

Still, one wants to have some peace of mind with a certain amount of funds that can't be worth less than what he originally had. And in numbers, he might still have the same amount of dollars... perhaps only in numbers.

What would be the maximum amount one aught to hold in hard currencies without expecting any returns?