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THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN GAINS AND LOSSES. I did not intend for this to be a two-part series but I just could not be complacent with Utility Spread and Financial Turbulence (for avid readers, there was a sm...

THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN GAINS AND LOSSES. In Long XLU Short SPY Part 2 (More History), I explored the defensive nature of the spread and its potential as a bond substitute in troublesome periods for stocks...

After the helpful comment by Bradley on my post Commodity Index Estimators, How about the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)? Looks like they have information for prices received back to 1908 for many agricultural goods (http://www.nass.u...

In this post I will show my first try at a commodity index substitute. Regular readers know my frustration with proprietary data as I try to demonstrate various techniques to users who might not have the resources to pay for the data. I hav...

I first wanted to thank http://www.fosstrading.com for the very kind and unexpected mention over the weekend. You will notice almost all of my code contains some credit to Foss Trading for the examples and great packages. I hate that I coul...

After the slightly unconventional use of LSPM presented in Slightly Different Use of Ralph Vince’s Leverage Space Trading Model, I thought I should follow up with something that more closely resembles my interpretation of Ralph Vince’s book. LSPM s...

Building on posts Great FAJ Article on Statistical Measure of Financial Turbulence and Great FAJ Article on Statistical Measure of Financial Turbulence Part 2, I will now build a system incorporating a new correlation-based measure of turbulence and a ...

I did not intend for this to be a multi-part series, but after some clear thinking at the beach over the weekend, I decided that it needed some more analysis. For those of you that read the article or know Mahalanobis distance, the measure I pre...

I particularly liked this well-written paper, since unlike most academic research, I was able to understand it, replicate it, and incorporate it. I know that the Financial Analyst Journal is not considered by the academic community as a top-ti...