WI Indices

Ken Winans pioneered the development of five investment indices (with many more sub-indices) and a technical trend indicator. You can purchase the data through Global Financial DataMetastock, or Stockcharts on a subscription basis.


Developed in 2013, the Winans Legacy Stock Index (WILSI) is an unweighted composite of 225 senior common stocks from diverse industry sectors that have historically led the U.S. economy. Most of the companies have been in continuous operation since 1897 and been continuously traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) since 1970.

Since the WILSI’s underlying components remain unchanged over a 40-year timeframe, there is a baseline to compare today’s financial conditions to past stock market cycles using the exact same securities. The WILSI provides an alternative means to evaluate stock market activity (past and present), eliminating many of the statistical flaws inherent in conventional stock market indices (i.e., S&P 500 Index & Dow Jones Industrial Average) due to their frequent changes in underlying components and data weighting methods.


Developed in 2005, the WIPSI was the first modern index to track these cornerstone securities. It is an even-weighted index that consists of 85 traditional preferred stocks of U.S. companies that have consistently issued listed preferred stocks on the NYSE. As of December 2013, the industry breakdown was: 58% financial services, 22% real estate investment trusts, 12% utilities and 8% industrials. The issuers’ average revenues are $24 billion. This index has price, yield and volume data back to 1890.


Developed in 2007, the WIREI (Patent Pending 11/670,914) tracks new U.S. home prices, starting from the year 1830. Its unique approach involved rescaling and combining several well-known government studies of U.S. new home prices into a continuous data set without the “gapping” and time lag problems found in other studies. The WIREI has several sub-indices: 1. Sales since 1962, 2. Inflation since 1932, 3. Home sizes (i.e., average square feet) since 1973 and 4. Geographic regions (Northeast, Midwest, South, West) since 1975.


Developed in 2011, the Winans/GFD International Real Estate Index is the first benchmark to track new home prices since 1970 from 44 different countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, So. Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, and USA (WIREI). In order to combine studies with different scales, the median and average calculations from individual indices’ annual percentage change are averaged. The index is even-weighted. The WITIRE has been adjusted for: local currency & U.S Dollar, size of individual country’s GDP, includes & excludes the U.S. housing market.


Developed in the early 1990s, the Winans Trend Indicator (WTI) has been key in determining overall investment strategy for stock investing at Winans Investments. Based on the analysis of hundreds of years of investment data, researchers discovered that a simple moving average (sma) works better for long-term trend analysis. We have found that the 200-day moving average has been effective as a selling indicator, while the 125-day moving average has been better as a buying indicator. Further studies have shown that percentage adjustments used as filters on the 125-sma and the 200-sma significantly improved the indicator’s effectiveness. (Patent Pending 11/767,880).

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