Category Archives: S&P500 Index

High Frequency Trading with ADL –

Trading Technologies’ ADL is a visual programming language designed specifically for trading strategy development that is integrated in the company’s flagship XTrader product. Despite the radically different programming philosophy, my experience of working with ADL has been delightfully easy and … Continue reading

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Creating Robust, High-Performance Stock Portfolios

Summary In this article I am going to look at how stock portfolios should be constructed that best meet investment objectives. The theoretical and practical difficulties of the widely adopted Modern Portfolio Theory approach limits its usefulness as a tool … Continue reading

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How to Bulletproof Your Portfolio

Summary How to stay in the market and navigate the rocky terrain ahead, without risking hard won gains. A hedging program to get you out of trouble at the right time and step back in when skies are clear. Even … Continue reading

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How Not to Develop Trading Strategies – A Cautionary Tale

In his post on Multi-Market Techniques for Robust Trading Strategies ( Michael Bryant of Adaptrade discusses some interesting approaches to improving model robustness. One is to use data from several correlated assets to build the model, on the basis that … Continue reading

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Can Machine Learning Techniques Be Used To Predict Market Direction? The 1,000,000 Model Test.

During the 1990′s the advent of Neural Networks unleashed a torrent of research on their applications in financial markets, accompanied by some rather extravagant claims about their predicative abilities.  Sadly, much of the research proved to be sub-standard and the … Continue reading

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Range-Based EGARCH Option Pricing Models (REGARCH)

The research in this post and the related paper on Range Based EGARCH Option pricing Models is focused on the innovative range-based volatility models introduced in Alizadeh, Brandt, and Diebold (2002) (hereafter ABD).  We develop new option pricing models using … Continue reading

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On Testing Direction Prediction Accuracy

As regards the question of forecasting accuracy discussed in the paper on Forecasting Volatility in the S&P 500 Index, there are two possible misunderstandings here that need to be cleared up.  These arise from remarks by one commentator  as follows: … Continue reading

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Market Timing in the S&P 500 Index Using Volatility Forecasts

To illustrate some of the possibilities of this approach, we constructed a simple market timing strategy in which a position was taken in the S&P 500 index or in 90-Day T-Bills, depending on an ex-ante forecast of positive returns from the logit regression model (and using an expanding window to estimate the drift coefficient). We assume that the position is held for 30 days and rebalanced at the end of each period. In this test we make no allowance for market impact, or transaction costs.
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