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JonathanCointegration, Correlation, Dickey-Fuller, Pairs Trading, Phillips-Perron, Spread Trading, Statistical ArbitrageCointegration, CVX, Dickey-Fuller, Oil Stocks, Pairs Trading, Phillips-Perron, Statistical Arbitrage, XOM

An extract from my book, Quantitative Research and Trading, to be published in 2017.

JonathanCopulas, Correlation, Mathematica, Mean Reversion, Pairs Trading, Statistical Arbitrage1 commentCopulas, Nasdaq, Pairs Trading, S&P 500, Statistical Arbitrage

Introduction In a previous post, Copulas in Risk Management, I covered in detail the theory and applications of copulas in the area of risk management, pointing out the potential benefits of the approach and how it could be used to improve estimates of Value-at-Risk by incorporating important empirical features of asset processes, such as asymmetric…

JonathanIndex Replication, Index Trading, Pairs Trading, Portfolio Construction, Portfolio Theory1 commentCorrelation, Equity Portfolios, Graph Theory, Replicating Portfolios, Statistical Arbitrage

Very large datasets – comprising voluminous numbers of symbols – present challenges for the analyst, not least of which is the difficulty of visualizing relationships between the individual component assets. Absent the visual clues that are often highlighted by graphical images, it is easy for the analyst to overlook important changes in relationships. One means of tackling the…

JonathanCointegration, Kalman Filter, Pairs Trading, Statistical ArbitrageCointegration, Kalman Filter, Statistical Arbitrage

I tend not to get involved in Q&A with readers of my blog, or with investors. I am at a point in my life where I spend my time mostly doing what I want to do, rather than what other people would like me to do. And since I enjoy doing research and trading,…

JonathanKalman Filter, Matlab, Pairs Trading, Statistical ArbitrageKalman Filter, Pairs Trading, Statistical Arbitrage

One of the challenges with the cointegration approach to statistical arbitrage which I discussed in my previous post, is that cointegration relationships are seldom static: they change quite frequently and often break down completely. Back in 2009 I began experimenting with a more dynamic approach to pairs trading, based on the Kalman Filter. In…

JonathanCointegration, Econometrics, Johansen, Matlab, Mean Reversion, Pairs Trading, Statistical Arbitrage, Strategy Development, Systematic StrategiesCointegration, Statistical Arbitrage, Stocks

In his latest book (Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and their Rationale, Wiley, 2013) Ernie Chan does an excellent job of setting out the procedures for developing statistical arbitrage strategies using cointegration. In such mean-reverting strategies, long positions are taken in under-performing stocks and short positions in stocks that have recently outperformed. I will leave a…

JonathanForecasting, Fourier Transforms, High Frequency Finance, Pairs Trading, Principal Components Analysis, Signal Processing, Statistical ArbitrageFourier Transforms, High Frequency Trading, Pairs Trading, Principal Components Analysis, Signal Processing, Statistical Arbitrage

One of the questions of interest is the optimal sampling frequency to use for extracting the alpha signal from an alpha generation function. We can use Fourier transforms to help identify the cyclical behavior of the strategy alpha and hence determine the best time-frames for sampling and trading. Typically, these spectral analysis techniques will highlight…

JonathanARMA, Econometrics, ETFs, Markov Model, Mean Reversion, Pairs Trading, Regime Switching, Statistical ArbitrageETFs, Kalman Filter, Markov Model, Pairs Trading, Regime Switching, Statistical Arbitrage

In the previous post I outlined some of the available techniques used for modeling market states. The following is an illustration of how these techniques can be applied in practice. You can download this post in pdf format here. The chart below shows the daily compounded returns for a single pair in an ETF statistical arbitrage…

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