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Bill Dunn

Who is Bill Dunn? He is a trend follower. He’s made a fortune. And frankly, he doesn’t care if you know who he is. He made 50 percent in 2002 when the majority of investors were losing big. He never hesitates to swing for the home run, for Bill Dunn, it can be all or nothing. He has produced 24 percent a year for 28 years. We started with a profile of Bill Dunn because his performance data is a clear, consistent, and dramatic demonstration of Trend Following.

Bill Dunn is founder and chairman of Dunn Capital Management, Inc. In the spring of 2003, more than $1 billion was invested in his managed programs, and for good reason: During a period of spectacularly unimpressive stock market returns, Dunn Composite was up nearly 50 percent for the past 12 months. Bill Dunn is one of the purest trend followers ever, because he trades his trading system full throttle. Dunn Capital Management has no defined “target” per annum return for its clients (other than positive). There is nothing in Dunn Capital Management’s risk management that precludes annual returns approaching 100 percent. There is no policy that if, for example, a Dunn Capital Management program were to be up 50 percent by mid-year that the company would “rest on its laurels,” so to speak, and dial back trading for the rest of the calendar year. Further it is not surprising to see Dunn down 20 percent or more every three or four years, but whatever the level of volatility, this independent, self-disciplined long-term trend follower never deviates from his core strategy:


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