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Don't buy NMIH now, it is a high risk investment

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NMIH delivered massive losses today. On a longer term basis, investors in NMI HOLDINGS, INC. made -0.02% per day. Thursday's performance of -1.17% was a underperformance compared to it's daily average.

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NMIH showed a strong bearish trend over the last 3 months. During this period NMIH delivered -20.34% and saw a maximum drawdown of -23.82%. There were 3 short signals during this period that returned a cumulative of +3.29% to investors.


NMIH has been underperforming the SP500 index in recent time. It showed significant outperformance (compared to the SP500 index) from 6 Apr, 2016 to 26 Sep, 2018. Over the last 2 years 11 months and 9 days, NMIH outperformed the SP500 index on 52% days.

NMIH returned losses on 56% days in the last three months. During this time, it delivered on average -0.32% per day. It delivered it's best daily return of +10.45%, during this period, on Wednesday, 31 Oct, 2018. The longest stort-term trend during this period was 6 losing days, which started on 4 Oct, 2018 and ended on 11 Oct, 2018. This bearish trend lost -15.54% of investor capital.

The last 12 months saw NMIH's investors making profits in 6 months and incurring losses in 6 months. NMIH was less consistent in delivering monthly returs than SP500 index. NMIH significantly outperformed SP500 index in Jul 2018, when it returned +26.67% compared to +4.75% returned by SP500 index during it's best month in the last one year - Jan 2018. NMIH had a shorter streak of profitable months than SP500 index. It only went up in 3 straight months during the last year.

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NMIH is currently seeing overall fall in volatility. In comparison, the SP500 index is seeing increase in volatility. During the last three months, there was a significant surge in NMIH's volatility from 14 Sep, 2018 to 17 Sep, 2018. While there was a significant surge in the SP500 index's volatility from 14 Sep, 2018 to 29 Oct, 2018.

Advanced/professional short-term investors should note that NMIH has significant positive skewness in it's return distribution. This indicates that investors can expect NMIH to recover from drawdowns quickly. Which makes NMIH a good candidate for investing on short-term bullish trends or even counter-trends hoping for a pull-back.

SP500 index has more chance of extreme outcomes than NMIH. Therefore, SP500 must receive a lower allocation than NMIH in your portfolio. SP500 index usually has shorter drawdown period than NMIH.

On a general note (since you are interested in NMIH), two instruments that deserve special mention are DFBG and NIHD. They have significantly outperformed the overall market this year.

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