Quantbase Social Media Flagship
Invests in the top 15 stocks measured by how much people are talking about the stock across several social media sites -- Reddit, Twitter, Yahoo Finance, Stocktwits posts/discussions. The more mentions a stock has (and upvotes/likes the mention gets), the higher it ranks, and the more likely it is to be in the top 15.
Fund
55.22%
vs
Benchmark
4.27%
Fund Holdings
Fund details
All 15 stocks in this fund are equally weighted. A stock is exited during rebalance time if it is no longer in the top 15 stocks. Due to the short rebalancing period for this fund, your actual portfolio may not always be equivalent to the portfolio's current holdings, due to limitations caused by pattern day trading protections and non-fractionability of some assets by our brokerage.
4/5
Risk score
Key Considerations
This is similar to the WallStreetBets portfolio in that it relies on technology to get a sense of a community's sentiment, but differs in that it takes a much more general approach. It can be thought of as getting beta exposure to social media discussions at large
Stocks are rated on many measures of sentiment, including absolute hype index (how much positive sentiment the stock shows in total), as well as relative hype index (momentum in the positive sentiment the stock shows). The portfolio currently makes picks based on the absolute hype
Relying on community sentiment and hype as an underlying makes portfolio picks quite risky. The decision to go equal-weighted for each stock in the portfolio, rather than weighting based on the hype, is a qualitative one to ensure that investors get breadth of exposure. We made some tests without the equal weighting and had some weeks where the entire portfolio was a single stock (with 99.9% of the hype - you can guess which ones), which led to some weeks with stellar results, and others with very negative ones.
Social media mentions may mean a variety of things -- good or bad. Social media sites are heterogeneous between themselves (Twitter vs. Reddit) and within (r/WallStreetBets vs. r/Investing, both on Reddit). An automated strategy does not pick up nuances like sarcasm.