Explore the research behind our trading, plus some just-for-fun stuff....

Posted on Apr 27, 2021 by Kris Longmore
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It's easy to lose money trading if you do certain things: Trade too much (paying fees and market impact on each transaction) Size positions too big (high volatility hurts compounding ability, and in the extreme can cause you to blow up) Short positive drift/risk premia Perhaps surprisingly, it's actually quite hard to lose money consistently if you avoid these things....

Posted on Apr 16, 2021 by Robot James
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If you have some factor that you think predicts future stock returns (or similar) and you are making charts like below, then here are some tips... We'll go through an example of trying to "time" SPX with the level of VIX. You get daily SPX index prices and daily VIX close data You align them by date and plot them...

Posted on Apr 08, 2021 by Robot James
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Many beginner traders don't realize how variable the p&l of a high-performing trading strategy really is. Here's an example... I simulated ten different 5 year GBM processes with expected annual returns of  20% and annualized volatility of 10%. (If you speak Sharpe Ratios, I'm simulating a strategy within known Sharpe 2 characteristics.) I plotted the path with the highest ending...

Posted on Apr 02, 2021 by Robot James
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I've been helping a family friend with his trading. I've given him a simple systematic strategy to trade by hand. First, we set expectations We can plot the distribution of historic trade returns from past trading or a backtest as a histogram.   This is useful because it gives us a hint as to what the "edge" of our strategy...

Posted on Feb 10, 2021 by Kris Longmore

Broadly, there are three types of systematic trading strategy that can "work." In order of increasing turnover they are: Risk premia harvesting Economically-sensible, statistically-quantifiable slow-converging inefficiencies Trading fast-converging supply/demand imbalances This post provides an overview of each. 1. Risk Premia Harvesting Risk Premia Harvesting is typically the domain of wealth management, but it's important to any trader who likes money....

Posted on Jan 06, 2021 by Kris Longmore
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Earlier versions of Zorro used to ship with a script for converting market data in Zorro binary format to CSV. That script seems to have disappeared with the recent versions of Zorro, so I thought I'd post it here. When you run this script by selecting it and pressing [Test] on the Zorro interface, you are asked to select a...

Posted on Dec 10, 2020 by Kris Longmore

Several years ago, I wrote about some experimentation I'd done with data mining for predictive features from financial data. The article has had several tens of thousands of views and nearly 100 comments. I think the popularity of the article lay in its demonstration of various tools and modeling frameworks for doing data mining in R (it didn't generate any alpha,...

Posted on Dec 02, 2020 by Robot James
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I have been sharing examples of simple real-time trading research on my Twitter account. I do this kind of thing a lot in the training program of our trading group - and I'm sharing in the hope that it might also help a wider audience. Here's a piece of analysis I did recently on a really simple factor that appeared to...

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