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It's probably worth noting that this year was down a lot, fairly steadily and substantially, near the end. "Down near the end" is the ideal situation to make such a strategy look particularly good.

One never knows what the future will bring, but over the last 21 years the strategy had only one down year (and that was a -6%). It actually looks best during down markets.

2000 18% -10%
2001 6 -12
2002 10 -22
2008 8 -37
2018 0 - 4

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