Cross Pollination from Systematic Investor

November 20, 2011

(This article was first published on Timely Portfolio, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

After reading the fine article Style Analysis from Systematic Investor and What we can learn from Bill Miller and the Legg Mason Value Trust from Asymmetric Investment Returns, I thought I should combine the two in R with the FactorAnalytics package.  Let’s explore the Legg Mason Value Trust run by Bill Miller to get some insight into the source of his returns over many years by using the Ken French momentum by size data set as factors.

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R code (click to download from Google Docs):

#use Ken French momentum style indexes for style analysis
#   require(PerformanceAnalytics)
require(quantmod)   my.url=""
download.file(my.url, my.tempfile, method="auto",
quiet = FALSE, mode = "wb",cacheOK = TRUE)
#read space delimited text file extracted from zip
french_momentum <- read.table(file=my.usefile,
header = TRUE, sep = "", = TRUE,
skip = 12, nrows=1017)
colnames(french_momentum) <- c(paste("Small",
paste("Large",colnames(french_momentum)[1:3],sep="."))   #get dates ready for xts index
datestoformat <- rownames(french_momentum)
datestoformat <- paste(substr(datestoformat,1,4),
substr(datestoformat,5,7),"01",sep="-")   #get xts for analysis
french_momentum_xts <- as.xts(french_momentum[,1:6],   french_momentum_xts <- french_momentum_xts/100   #get price series from monthly returns
#check data for reasonability
plot.zoo(french_price,log="y")   #for this example let's use Bill Miller's fund
getSymbols("LMVTX",from="1896-01-01", to=Sys.Date(), adjust=TRUE)
LMVTX <- to.monthly(LMVTX)
index(LMVTX) <- as.Date(format(as.Date(index(LMVTX)),"%Y-%m-01"))
LMVTX.roc <- ROC(LMVTX[,4],type="discrete",n=1)   perfComp <- na.omit(merge(LMVTX.roc,french_momentum_xts))   chart.RollingStyle(perfComp[,1],perfComp[,2:NCOL(perfComp)],
main="LMVTX Rolling 36mo French Momentum Weights")
#could use the packaged chart.Style but does not allow the
#flexibility I would like
# colorset=c("darkseagreen1","darkseagreen3","darkseagreen4","slateblue1","slateblue3","slateblue4"),
# main="LMVTX French Momentum Weights")   #get weights for the cumulative period
style.weight <- as.matrix([,1],
main=paste("LMVTX French Momentum Weights
Since "
,format(index(LMVTX)[1],"%b %Y"),sep=""))   #look at total R to determine goodness of fit
style.R <-[,1],
perfComp[,2:NCOL(perfComp)])$R.squared     styleR <- function(x) {
#convert to matrix since I get
#error "The data cannot be converted into a time series."
#when I use xts as data
style.RollingR <- as.xts(rollapply(data=as.matrix(perfComp),
chart.TimeSeries(style.RollingR,ylab="Rolling 12-mo R",
main=paste("LMVTX Rolling R versus French Momentum
Since "
,format(index(LMVTX)[1],"%b %Y"),sep=""))
text(x=1,y=style.R,labels="r for entire series",adj=0,col="indianred")

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