New Tools Can Help Investors ScoreTriple-Digit Annual Returns – Even When the Bears Are on a Rampage -By Dr. Chris Kacher and Gil Morales, Moka Investors

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The Virtue of Selfish Investing (VOSI) “Market Direction Model” http://www.selfishinvesting.com, has made huge gains over the past three years, especially since the market's collapse in early August, as the result of investing with enhanced-performance exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and notes (ETNs) that employ leverage produced results two and three times larger than the indexes they track.

Fortunately," says Dr. Chris Kacher, "here’s one idea that is thoroughly tested and firmly grounded in market history – and one that has become far more powerful thanks to the introduction of new trading tools since 2008.

A new era of extreme market volatility – recently with a fairly bearish overall tone – has left many longer-term investors in a major quandary. By and large, they’ve abandoned the old notion of “buy and hold” as either ineffective or overly nerve wracking (or both) – but they haven’t yet found a suitable replacement methodology.

While there are plenty of trading “systems” being promoted on the Internet and in the mails, most involve the use of high-cost, high-risk trading vehicles and require frequent and precise timing in shifting direction or moving in and out of the markets in order to garner decent returns –assuming they work at all.

"Fortunately, says Dr. Chris Kacher, "here’s one idea by the founders of Virtue of Selfish Investing that is thoroughly tested and firmly grounded in market history – and one that has become far more powerful thanks to the introduction of new trading tools since 2008."

It’s called the Virtue of Selfish Investing (VOSI) “Market Direction Model” and, as detailed on our website, http://www.selfishinvesting.com, it has made huge gains over the past three years – and especially since the market’s collapse in early August. But that’s just part of the story.

The Model itself generates trading signals by analyzing the price/volume action of the leading market indices and certain major stocks. That statistical analysis is based on data going back more than 20 full market cycles – nearly 100 years of performance history. Dr. Chris Kacher, the founder of VirtueofSelfishInvesting.com, back-tested the Model using that data over the period from 1974 to 1990, and has personally used it – real-time and under fire – in his investing since 1991, amassing several triple digit percentage (as audited by KPMG LLP, one of the world’s Big Four accounting firms).

More recently, 2009, 2010 and so far in 2011 – the Market Direction Model is up +157.3%, +86.5% and an astounding +342.5%, respectively, depending on the trading vehicles used. And what are those trading vehicles?

They’re the new enhanced-performance exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and notes (ETNs) that employ leverage to produce results two and three times larger than the indexes they track – sort of like funds on steroids! And, because they’re available in both bullish and bearish versions (the latter called “inverse” ETFs), they can produce those outsized results in both up and down markets.

Among the funds used quite often in executing the trades signaled by the VOSI Market Direction Model are:

VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short-Term ETN (NYSE Arca: TVIX), recent price $98.19, tracks the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index, a key volatility measure.
Direxion Daily Small-Cap Bear 3x Shares (NYSE Arca: TZA), recent price $58.23, tracks the Russell 2000 Index on an inverse basis.

Direxion Daily Small-Cap Bull 3x Shares (NYSE Arca: TNA), recent price $29.8, tracks the Russell 2000 Index.

Direxion Daily Technology Bull 3x Shares (NYSE Arca: TYH), recent price $29.41, tracks the Russell 1000 Technology Index.

To give you an idea of the impact using such funds can have, compare the difference in returns they could have provided had they existed during some key market moves over the past 25 years, using the Market Direction Model's buy, sell, and cash signals on unleveraged NASDAQ Composite Index as a benchmark then applying it to 3-times ETFs such as TNA or TYH:

1987 Black Monday crash = +102.5% x 3 (using a 3-times ETF such as TNA or TYH) = +307.5%

1998 rally following “Asian contagion” = +62.6% x 3 (using a 3-times ETF such as TNA or TYH) = +187.8%

2000-2002 collapse on bursting of dot-com bubble = +118.8% x 3 (using a 3-times ETF such as TNA or TYH) = +356.4%

Similarly, but as actually traded based on the Model, when the NASDAQ rebounded by +25.8% following the “flash crash” in May 2010, the bullish 3x TNA gained +86.5% and the bullish 3x technology TYH picked up +83.8% by going long on a buy signal, short on a sell signal, and cash on a neutral signal.

Using signals generated by the Model, the 2x TVIX ETF has also produced a return of +342.5% so far in 2011 – in spite of (or, more likely, because of) the fact that the market has been largely trendless, but with extreme volatility and a big downside break in August.

During the same generally bearish time period, the 3x TNA bullish fund has produced gains of +95.1%. Results are shown here: http://www.virtueofselfishinvesting.com/results along with the documented time-stamped reports shown here: http://www.virtueofselfishinvesting.com/reports.
Unlike many market-timing programs, the Market Direction Model is not a day-trading or ultra-short-term system. Rather, it seeks to capture the intermediate-term trends in the major market indices, averaging only 12 to 20 switches a year – including shifts from a bullish or bearish stance into a neutral, or cash, position.

Signals are based on price/volume action, which is generally considered to reflect the viewpoints and opinions of all market participants – both institutional and retail investors, all of whom cast their votes on market direction with their dollars. As it performs live on our website, the Model senses buying and selling pressure for the major indices and market-leading stocks in real-time throughout the trading day. And, when the pressure increases past a certain threshold, it signals a switch.

The Model has been particularly active since the August market break because, while history may not repeat, it does often rhyme – and history has shown that such a big sudden break is often followed by a period of high volatility lasting several weeks.

PICK UP AND INSERT ATTACHED CHART OF TYH ETF FOR 2009-2010

That has certainly been the case this time – with the market going through a period we call “the chop zone,” during which investors often lose money quickly if they try to trade each swing. By contrast, the Model ignores such chaos and seeks out predictability, often electing to stay in cash when the volatility becomes truly erratic.

The Model also includes a “safety switch” – one designed to let traders who follow it capitalize fully on true trend-initiating signals, but exit quickly with minimal losses on false signals. Chart 1, above, illustrates how this fail-safe functioned for signals on the TYH ETF from March 2009 through May 2010.

Of course, the leveraged and inverse ETFs are highly volatile trading vehicles so, even with strong fail-safes in place, investors should always size their positions carefully to ensure they stay within personal risk-tolerance levels.

Dr. Chris Kacher and Gil Morales are both Managing Directors of MoKa Investors; LLC, CoFounders of Virtue of Selfishing Investing, LLC (http://www.selfishinvesting.com; and co-authors of the new book, “Trade Like An O’Neil Disciple: How We Made 18,000% in the Stock Market” (Wiley, 2010).

About Dr. Chris Kacher:
Dr. Kacher is currently a Managing Director of MoKa Investors. LLC. His investment career began in 1995 when he founded one of the first internet-based stock advisory services. In 1996 he joined William O’Neil + Co., Inc. as a research associate before quickly being promoted to Research Analyst and internal proprietary Portfolio Manager for the firm in 1997. From 1996 to 2002, he achieved a verified return in his personal account in excess of 18,000%, as verified by KPMG, the Big Four auditor. In 2005, he launched a private fund in Switzerland designed to help individuals and institutions build their wealth. Dr. Kacher received his B.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied under Nobel Laureate Professor Glenn Seaborg, and helped to discover element 110 on the Periodic Table of Elements and confirm element 106, which his group named Seaborgium. He also co-authored the book, Trade Like An O’Neil Disciple: How We Made 18,000% in the Stock Market (Sept. 2010, John Wiley & Sons).

About Gil Morales:
Morales is a former internal proprietary portfolio manager for William O’Neil + Company, Inc. (WON); and is currently a Managing Director of MoKa Investors. LLC, a California Registered Invesment Advisor firm. During his tenure at WON, Mr. Morales also functioned as Vice President and Manager of the Institutional Services Group, responsible for advising over 500 of the world’s largest and most successful institutional investors, including mutual funds, pension funds, hedge funds, trust companies, and banks. In 2004 Mr. Morales was appointed Chief Market Strategist for William O’Neil + Company, Inc. Between 1998 and 2005, Morales achieved an audited return of 10,904% in his personal account, and as verified by Rothstein Kass & Company, PLC, and his partner, Dr. Chris Kacher has achieved an audited return of 18,000%Mr. Morales also co-authored with William J. O’Neil a book on short-selling, How to Make Money Selling Stocks Short, (John Wiley & Sons, 2004) and co-authored the book, "Trade Like An O’Neil Disciple: How We Made 18,000% in the Stock Market" (Sept. 2010, John Wiley & Sons). He can be seen frequently on Fox News Channel and prominent radio shows.

About Virtue of Selfish Investing (VoSI)
To simplify investing using Market Direction Model© signals which have well outperformed every market cycle back to 1974, and to potentially boost profits with buy, sell, and short signals. (audited track records (Kacher: KPMG, Morales: Rothstein Kass)). Investors with limited time to watch the stock market can make money in challenging times, with services such as real-time webinars, stock and ETF buy and short ideas, and the investor education section.

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