Jesse Barkasy Profile Picture Individual Investor

Trend Following

My portfolio uses trend-following and chart-reading techniques. It may take big risks in some situations in an attempt to outperform the markets. I tend to close positions and cut losses quickly if the trend shows signs of changing. I use chart patterns to identify stocks to buy.

Risk score

Risk Score 5

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • 0.7%
    30 day
  • 1.3%
    90 day
  • 1.9%
    365 day
    August 30, 2010
Monthly vs S&P500
Jesse Barkasy - Trend Following Monthly vs S&P500
-3.4% 12 months
  • Daytrader: $30k minimum account balance required.
  • $50,000 investment min
  • Margin account required
  • 0.5% fee


  • Cash

Top 5 securities View all

  • Cash

Portfolio commentary

  1. Why oil price decline is a mixed blessing

    16 December 2014

    If oil prices continue to tumble, millions of jobs will be lost.

  2. Waiting for the next market selling wave to buy 18 November 2014
  3. Here’s why I’m turning cautious on stocks this summer 19 May 2014
  4. GM’s recall troubles may be a buying opportunity 4 April 2014
  5. Here's hoping a good correction unleashes value stocks 20 December 2013

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Covestor inception August 30, 2010

as of January 29, 2015 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Past 30 days 0.7% -2.7%
Past 90 days 1.3% 0.7%
Past 365 days 1.9% 16.3%
Since Covestor inception (Annualized) 7.6% 18.5%
2015 (YTD) 0.7% -1.7%
2014 10.3% 13.7%
2013 3.4% 32.4%
2012 4.5% 16.0%
2011 -0.1% 2.1%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of January 29, 2015 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Best 30 days 8.2% 9.7%
Worst 30 days -4.2% -6.7%
Volatility 7.2% 11.8%
Sharpe Ratio 0.26 1.38
Sortino Ratio 0.38 1.89
Maximum Drawdown -6.5% -7.3%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -1.7% -2.7%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 1.06
Alpha 1.8%
Beta 0.02
R-Squared 0.00
  • Daytrader: $30k minimum account balance required.
  • $50,000 investment min
  • Margin account required
  • 0.5% fee

Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 46.9
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
01/29/15 UGAZ VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN Yes Sell $2.86
01/29/15 BOX Box Inc Yes Sell $19.02
01/29/15 UGAZ VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN Yes Buy $2.78
01/29/15 UGAZ VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN Yes Buy $2.78
01/29/15 BOX Box Inc Yes Buy $18.96
01/29/15 BOX Box Inc Yes Buy $18.98
01/28/15 SPXU ProShares UltraPro Short S&P 500 Yes Sell $39.39
01/28/15 SQQQ ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ Yes Sell $30.26

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  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
  2. Performance of the portfolio manager's account is calculated by Covestor on a daily time-weighted basis, including cash, dividends and earnings distributions and broker commissions. Manager returns include trades and positions that fail Covestor's trading rules, as a result, actual client returns will differ. Covestor advisory fees are simulated and applied retro-actively to present the portfolio return "net-of-fees".
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  9. Transactions that are marked as "Replicable" passed Covestor's trading rules and were eligible for replication at the time of execution, subject to individual client constraints. Eligibility for replication may change over time. Actual client investment trade activity may vary.
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