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Cumulative performance over a typical year - averaged over successively longer timeframes. The numbers represent odds of winning in any month.

Visitor: If I wanted to trade the markets actively, could you help me?

RouteMaster: As you know the product is intended to generate high performance with low maintenance, which means that all the investment tools are built for two transactions a year on average.

However you might be interested in the Seasonal Trading Patterns, which analyse up monthly changes over several decades to identify the best time of year to buy or sell. Notice here that, instead of signals or forecasts, the odds of the market moving in the indicated direction are shown.

As an active trader, you could switch monthly to whichever market offers the best odds. Incidentally have you spotted our colour coding – indexes are white, variables are yellow (and light green) and Best Guesses are orange (and dark green).

In Demoland there is a well defined pattern. Buy in November, hold through to May or July and stay well clear until October is over.