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Advisers are happy to tell you it’s impossible for nonprofessional investors to beat the market, so you should let them manage your portfolio. Online trading clubs and services often claim they beat the market every year. Unsatisfied with the former and skeptical of the latter, we set out four years ago to methodically figure out who was right.

Backtest Invest was born out of this experience, tracking and trading alongside just about every club and service we could find from 2019–2023, hoping to find one that consistently and attainably aligned with our performance goals of beating the S&P 500 every year. Instead, we most often found them underperforming and underdelivering, yielding returns that average or lag the market. We realized along the way that we could build and test strategies with predictable performance over time and create the very platform we had been searching for.

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