I am going to be backtesting a Long/Short equity strategy and need some guidance on how best to deal with the short book. I was thinking that for each portfolio I would go long 50 equities and go short 50 equities. I plan on doing this test in excel by the way.
I am trying to wrap my brain around how to appropriately handle this.
My thought was:
Longs MSFT CSCO ORCL AMZN Portfolio Returns Benchmark Returns Out/Under-performance
Shorts HII HP BBBY YHOO Portfolio Returns Benchmark Returns Out/Under-performance
My first question is whether I would simply flip the sign on the short book in order to get performance for that piece of the portfolio. And secondly whether I would simply add short performance to long performance to get net performance. I would like to include some assumptions about margin but not sure how to appropriately do this -- If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it.