Jerry Parker Interviewed About Trend Following & New ETF with Blueprint

July 19, 2023

Jerry Parker, legendary Turtle Trader and Portfolio Manager of the Blueprint Chesapeake Multi-Asset Trend ETF (ticker: TFPN), appeared on the Money Life with Chuck Jaffe podcast. The pair discussed the new ETF, which is sub-advised by Parker’s Chesapeake Capital Corporation and Blueprint Fund Management. They also addressed topics like trend following as an investing methodology and Parker’s thoughts on conditions in the market at present.

Below are some excerpts from the full interview.

Trend Following as the Investing Process for the New Blueprint Chesapeake ETF

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Jaffe: “So we always start with methodology. And the new fund is not a change for you in terms of, you’re doing stuff that you’ve always done. You’re doing stuff that’s consistent with being a Turtle Trader. But, give us a little background: the Turtle Trading thing, what that means, and then I guess we should really be focused on the new fund. So, tell us a little bit more about what the Blueprint Chesapeake Multi-Asset fund is doing.”

Parker: “Well for us, it’s all about trend following, longs and shorts, and building a very diversified portfolio. We’ll talk about stocks specifically today, but all of our trading, especially on the new fund, will be fixed income, futures, FX, currency futures, and commodity futures. Longs and shorts. And trying to build the safest portfolio we can, but of course with moderate leverage and risks. But always going with the trend. And given this, still not comprising as far as our ability to deliver reasonable returns for our clients.

Turtle trading is all about following those, having a rules-based strategy, systematic process – with stop losses, taking small losses, letting profits run, not having trading stop to reduce positions or exit positions when the trend turns around a bit. And no prediction.

We’re going to hold on to the winners. It’s the hardest thing in the world, holding onto those winners – even when we’re making lots of money – and not being tempted to cut those profits short. It’s OK to cut those losses short, but we’ve got to be bold and strong, hold onto the winners, wait for the trend to reverse, and stick to our rules. It’s all a rules-based, systematic philosophy.”

Price Trend is King

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Jaffe: “And with the new fund, where you a trend following. Explain what trend following is, because trend following can be a lot of different things. It can be 20-day averages, 50-day averages, 200-day moving day averages. It can be broader trends on other things. What are the trends specifically that matter to you the most?”

Parker: “Long term price trend. So, it’s price only, looking at the trends with moving averages and breakouts. And relatively long term.”

Trend Following Leaves No Room for Emotional Decision-Making

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Jaffe: “But again, you’re putting those things in where it has that emotion – because it has the childhood thing – but you’re not emotional about it. You’ve got to see the right trend or it doesn’t matter. Right?”

Parker: “That’s right. It’s going to be. That’s right. I’m waiting, I’m waiting. Everyone else, or most people, talk about what’s the next big stock – and we’re just sitting here with a basket of stocks that eventually we’ll get long or short, depending on the trend. And we have no prediction.”

About Blueprint Fund Management

Blueprint Fund Management designs, distributes, and manages systematic, process-driven, and transparent investment strategies for financial advisors and institutions. The firm aims to make trend following strategies highly accessible to advisors by offering and sub-advising investing strategies that are available as a mutual fund or ETF. Across the product offering, the firm applies a rules-based approach to both asset class and time diversification, instilling discipline and removing human bias during emotionally charged market environments.

About Chesapeake Capital Corporation

Chesapeake Capital Corporation is an innovative provider of systematic alternative investment solutions, including a limited partnership, separately managed accounts, and mutual funds. The firm was founded in 1988 by legendary Turtle Trader Jerry Parker, who continues to serve as the Chairman and CEO. The firm’s consistent, single-minded approach to managing client capital is trend following, and its client base includes private and institutional investors worldwide.

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