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Averaged Input Assumptions and Momentum

December 4, 2013
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Averaged Input Assumptions and Momentum

Today I want to share another interesting idea contributed by Pierre Chretien. Pierre suggested using Averaged Input Assumptions and Momentum to create reasonably quiet strategy. The averaging techniques are used to avoid over-fitting any particular frequency. To create Averaged Input Assumptions we combine returns over different look-back periods, giving more weight to the recent returns,

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Fast Threshold Clustering Algorithm (FTCA) test

November 27, 2013
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Fast Threshold Clustering Algorithm (FTCA) test

Today I want to share the test and implementation for the Fast Threshold Clustering Algorithm (FTCA) created by David Varadi. This implementation was developed and contributed by Pierre Chretien, I only made minor updates. Let’s first replicate the results from the Fast Threshold Clustering Algorithm (FTCA) post: The clusters are stable and match David’s results

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getSymbols Extra

November 25, 2013
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getSymbols Extra

The getSymbols function from the quantmod package is an easy and convenient way to bring historical stock prices into your R environment. You need to specify the list of tickers, the source of historical prices and dates. For example following commands will download historical stock prices from yahoo finance for ‘RWX’, ‘VNQ’, ‘VGSIX’ symbols: Now,

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Running Back-tests in parallel

November 11, 2013
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Running Back-tests in parallel

Once you start experimenting with many different asset allocation algorithms, the computation time of running the back-tests can be substantial. One simple way to solve the computation time problem is to run the back-tests in parallel. I.e. if the asset allocation algorithm does not use the prior period holdings to make decision about current allocation,

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Commissions

November 4, 2013
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Commissions

Today, I want to explain the commission’s functionality build in to Systematic Investor Toolbox(SIT) “share” back-test. At each re-balance time the capital is allocated given the weight such that For example, if weight is 100% (i.e. fully invested) and capital = $100 and price = $10 then The period return is equal to The total

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Weekend Reading: Market Neutral

November 1, 2013
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Weekend Reading: Market Neutral

I recently came across a very interesting idea at the The Problem with Market Neutral (and an Answer) post by Mebane Faber. Today I want to show how you can test such strategy using the Systematic Investor Toolbox: Mebane thank you very much for sharing this great observation and great strategy that works! I would

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Updates for Proportional Minimum Variance and Adaptive Shrinkage methods

October 28, 2013
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Updates for Proportional Minimum Variance and Adaptive Shrinkage methods

I create supporting pages for two projects I have collaborated with David Varadi in 2013: Proportional Minimum Variance Algorithm Adaptive Shrinkage Method Please check the links to get more info, including supporting blog posts, back-tests, R code to reproduce the back-tests, and more to come in the near future. I and David appreciate your feedback

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Update for Backtesting Asset Allocation Portfolios post

October 23, 2013
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Update for Backtesting Asset Allocation Portfolios post

It was over a year since my original post, Backtesting Asset Allocation portfolios. I have expanded the functionality of the Systematic Investor Toolbox both in terms of optimization functions and helper back-test functions during this period. Today, I want to update the Backtesting Asset Allocation portfolios post and showcase new functionality. I will use the

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7Twelve Back-test

August 14, 2013
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7Twelve Back-test

I recently came across the The 7Twelve Portfolio strategy. I like the catchy name and the strategy report, “An Introduction to 7Twelve.” Following is some additional info about the The 7Twelve Portfolio strategy that I found useful: On Israelsen’s 7Twelve Portfolio The 7/12 Allocation Today I want to show how to back-test the The 7Twelve

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Calendar-based Sector Strategy

August 5, 2013
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Calendar-based Sector Strategy

I recently came across the Kaeppel’s Sector Seasonality Strategy which is described in Kaeppel’s Corner: Sector Seasonality and updated in Kaeppel’s Corner: Get Me Back, Clarence. Today I want to show how to back-test the Kaeppel’s Sector Seasonality Strategy using the Systematic Investor Toolbox. Following are the strategy rules: Buy Fidelity Select Technology (FSPTX) at

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