Crypto Trader’s Academy – Month Six

Cryptos have been in a bullish mood during August and overall my CTA portfolio gained $404.09.

Here are the stats for the first six months of the review:

Acquisition Cost: $1160.14 (Completed on February 11th, 2021)

Starting Bank for Review: $1273.27 (March 1st, 2021)

Minimum Bank: $989.26 (June 22nd, 2021)

Maximum Bank: $2197.55 (May 10th, 2021)

Number of Profitable Months: 4/6

Current Bank: $1651.26 (August 31st, 2021)

Profit/Loss Since March 1st: $377.99

Profit/Loss Since Acquisition: $491.12

Return on Bank since March 1st: 29.7%

Return on Bank since Acquisition: 42.3%

The graph below shows the daily value of the portfolio from March 1st through August 31st, 2021

The values each day are Noon amounts.

During August, there were changes to the portfolio cash and crypto coins distribution, and some cryptos were re-purchased.

Currently, the portfolio is 28 % cash (held as stable coins) and 72% crypto coins. This cash is available for future utilization depending on the direction of the market. In addition one of the crypto coins is now being staked. There are currently 16 crypto coins in the portfolio including the major two: Bitcoin and Ethereum.

It is impossible to predict the future direction of the market, but since the acquisition of the portfolio, the bank is up by almost $500 in half a year with a 42% increase in the starting bank. So with a starting bank of $10000, one’s bank would now be at $14200.

One can of course sell one’s portfolio at any time, but I will be following the official portfolio and playing the market cycle most likely for at least a year.

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Crypto Trader’s Academy – Month Five

Cryptos have in general picked up towards the end of July and overall my CTA portfolio gained $107.9 in July.

Here are the stats for the first five months of the review:

Acquisition Cost: $1160.14 (Completed on February 11th, 2021)

Starting Bank for Review: $1273.27 (March 1st, 2021)

Minimum Bank: $989.26 (June 22nd, 2021)

Maximum Bank: $2197.55 (May 10th, 2021)

Number of Profitable Months: 3/5

Current Bank: $1247.17 (July 31st, 2021)

Profit/Loss Since March 1st: $26.10

Profit/Loss Since Acquisition: $87.03

Return on Bank since March 1st: 2.0%

Return on Bank since Acquisition: 7.5 %

The graph below shows the daily value of the portfolio from March 1st through July 31st, 2021:

The values each day are Noon amounts.

Because the market is neither bull nor bear at the moment, CTA has changed the distribution of cash and crypto coins in its official portfolio, which I am following as close as possible. When I set up the portfolio it was all crypto coins, now it is about 45% cash (held as stable coins) and 55% crypto coins. This cash is available for future utilization depending on the direction of the market. In addition one of the crypto coins is now being staked. There are currently 16 crypto coins in the portfolio including the major two: Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Stable coins are cryptocurrencies where the price is designed to be pegged to a cryptocurrency, fiat money, or to exchange-traded commodities (such as precious metals or industrial metals). In my case, the stable coins are pegged to dollars.

Staking involves holding funds in a cryptocurrency wallet to support the security and operations of a blockchain network. Simply put, staking is the act of locking cryptocurrency to receive rewards.

One can of course sell one’s portfolio at any time, but I will be following the official portfolio and playing the market cycle most likely for at least a year.

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20 Minute System

This is a value betting system from Mike Cruickshank of ‘Bonus Bagging, Profit Maximiser, Betting Mastermind, and Project Prosperity’ fame. It comes with automated software that finds value each-way bets in the outright winner markets of weekly golf tournaments. No exchanges are used as this is NOT a matched betting product.

I have watched the introduction (and only) video and it is very straightforward to work the system. I will be placing my bets, in general, on the Wednesday evening before the tournaments start. They start on Thursday and end on Sunday.

My initial evaluation indicates that 20 minutes to work the system sounds about right, but I’ll have more accurate timing after a few weeks.

It claims to work on gubbed bookmaker accounts, which is easy to test as I have many.

I expect this review to go on for at least six months and I will update every month.

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Majestic High Strike Rate – Final Review (3 Months)

I’m wrapping up this review after three months (rather than my usual six-month horse racing reviews) as this is a seasonal service operating for a limited period of about five and a half months each year. Currently, there are about ten weeks left to run.

This review covers the period from/including 14 April 2021 until/including 13 July 2021.

I report the results using two scenarios. Scenario 1 showed a small profit of 3.92 pts. Scenario 2 showed a loss of 20.29 pts.

Scenario 1: Placing one unit on each single NAP bet and one unit on every single Standard bet. No doubles, triples, or quads.

Scenario 2: This again places one unit on every single standard bet, but NAPs allow for doubles, triples, and quads. It’s important to note that doubles, triples, and quads can’t be placed in advance as NAP bets mostly only come one at a time. So, I place 4 pts on each NAP single bet:

If the single wins, I pocket the returns associated with 1 pt of the initial 4 pt stake. The remainder of the return goes on the next NAP bet forming a double.

If the double wins, I pocket the returns associated with 1pt of the initial 4 pt stake. The remainder of the return goes on the next NAP bet forming a triple.

If the triple wins, I pocket the returns associated with 1pt of the initial 4 pt stake. The remainder of the return goes on the next NAP bet forming a quad.

If the quad wins, I pocket all the returns.

Note only NAPs are used for multiples.

Here are the results for both scenarios:

Scenario 1: NAP singles and Standard singles

NAPs: 25 bets, 16 wins, strike rate 64.0 %, profit +3.05pts.

(peak NAP total profits of 6.13 pts on 21 May. Minimum NAP total profits of 0 pts at the review start, 14 April).

Standard: 18 bets, 4 wins, 3 voids, strike rate 28.6%, profit 0.87 pts.

Starting Bank: 100 pts.

Current Bank: 103.92 pts.

Profit: +3.92 pts.

Scenario 2: NAP singles, Standard singles and NAP doubles, triples, and quads

NAP Singles: 25 bets, 16 wins, strike rate 64.0 %, Profit -29.94 pts.

NAP Doubles: 14 bets, Wins 7, Strike Rate 50.0%, Profit -3.52 pts.

NAP Triples: 7 bets, Wins 3, Strike Rate 42.9%, Profit 8.67 pts.

NAP Quadruples: 3 bets, Wins 1, Strike Rate 33.3%, Profit 3.63 pts.

Standard: 18 bets, 4 wins, 3 voids, strike rate 28.6%, profit 0.87 pts.

Starting Bank: 100 pts

Current Bank: 79. 71pts.

Profit: -20.29 pts.

The strike rate for NAPs during this review is only 64% compared to the 84% reported for 2019.

Given the standard £10 a bet and taking into account the cost of three months of the service, the net loss for Scenario 1 is £65.77 and for Scenario 2 is £307.87.

One would need to be betting £50 a tip and on singles only (Scenario 1) to make a net profit of £91.03. So for the more serious punter, this service can provide value and could be part of his/her betting portfolio.

Unfortunately, based on the performance of this three-month trial and the standard cash master £10 a tip, I have to fail the service.

FAIL

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A* Tips – Final Review after Six Months

A*Tips started off in tremendous form with over 50 pts profit in the first month. However, initial success was not sustained and it had four losing months on the trot. The last period pulled back over 30 pts.

Final Stats:

Starting Date for review: 29 October 2020

End Date for month six: 28 April 2021

Number of calendar days: 182

Number of tips: (plus non-runners or races void) 153

Winners: 34

Losses: 105

Non-runners or races void: 14

Strike Rate: 24.46 %

Number of winning months: 2 out of 6

Maximum Bank: 71.5 pts

Minimum Bank: -23 pts

Starting Bank: 100 pts

Current Bank: 116.80 pts

Bank Movement: +16.8 %

Profit/Loss: +16.80 pts.

Service Cost for 6 months: £162

Betting at £10 a point, one would have made a very small profit, after fees, of £6.80.

I’m awarding this service a Neutral Rating.

NEUTRAL

This report was delayed as there was a notable discrepancy between my profits during the period of this trial and that of the official site. I checked their results carefully and I found a number of bets on their spreadsheet that I never received for some reason. I reported this a few weeks back to Bethub that runs this service, but I have not yet received an explanation from them.

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