Investment Lessons from SqSave Portfolios’ Strong Growth in July 2022

2 Aug 2022

Lesson 1: Focus on Medium to Long Term when Investing

While our lower risk portfolios did very well in the first few months of 2022, our mid to higher risk reference portfolios registered strong positive returns in July 2022.

On a one-year basis, all SqSave portfolios (except the “Very Aggressive”) beat the competitors.

Taking a short-term view is trading – not investing. If you sold your portfolio near recent market lows, you likely would have missed the rebound.

We are confident that our Very Aggressive portfolio will catch up. As a higher risk portfolio, it needs to ride out market volatility to generate returns. Our Very Aggressive portfolio did well in 2021. Hence, it is not surprising for it to remain exposed to the current heightened risk environment.

To learn more, read our blog, “Stay Invested & Reap Better Returns”.

Table 1

* Inclusive of ETF expense ratios and net of SqSave management fees. SqSave uses AI to design and manage diversified investment portfolios for each investor. Because SqSave is not an investment fund, there is no single return measure. Instead, every SqSave investor has his/her own investment performance as each investor is managed separately by our SqSave AI. As investors can withdraw and top-up any time, investment returns will be affected by individual investor decisions. Hence, SqSave uses reference portfolios which are actual portfolios managed on an ongoing basis, without any interference with withdrawals or top-ups, to measure investment performance. ** Single portfolio investment amount more than SGD15,000 *** Performance numbers for competitors are estimates. Abbreviations: BMK: Benchmark; EQ: Equity; FI: Fixed Income; Ret: Return; TWR: Time Weighted Return; Vol: Volatility; MDD: Maximum Drawdown

Lesson 2: Our Disciplined Quant Investing avoids Human Emotions

Our quant-driven machine learning engine is performing well. Human emotions do not support consistent investment decisions. Read our blog, “During this Heightened Market Volatility, a Disciplined AI-Quant driven Approach is Better” to learn more.

Lesson 3: Choose Your Appropriate Risk Setting

You must accept volatility when investing. Volatility or “risk” is where investment returns come from. Read more at “Getting It Right: Realised and Unrealised Gains/Losses”.

Looking Forward…

We expect market volatility ahead. If markets suffer a pullback, we are confident our disciplined quant approach will mitigate any downside.

However, our data analytics suggest a higher probability that markets will move up further by year end. In such a scenario, we are confident that our reference portfolios will do well.


Victor Lye BBM CFA CFP®
Founder & CEO / Chief Investment Officer
SqSave AI Team


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