What are some trading strategies for stocks (just stocks, no derivatives) using freely available online data sources?

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    $\begingroup$ Questions asking for strategy ideas are most definitely off topic: meta.quant.stackexchange.com/questions/11/… $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2011 at 16:41
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    $\begingroup$ "Those who say don't know. Those who know don't say." --Lao-tzu, Tao Te Ching (via Patrick Burns) $\endgroup$ Feb 8, 2011 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ is it just because he didn't phrase his question with the word 'alpha' in it? Strategies, alpha generation in gneral, are central to quant work. How could this question possibly be off topic? $\endgroup$
    – glyphard
    Feb 9, 2011 at 3:36

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There are two broad categories of trading strategies.

  1. Momentum strategies(e.g trend following)
  2. Mean reversion strategies.

Elder's book outlines the major ones: http://www.amazon.com/Trading-Living-Psychology-Tactics-Management/dp/0471592242

And the depressing truth about most of these strategies is outlined by Aronson: http://www.amazon.com/Evidence-Based-Technical-Analysis-Scientific-Statistical/dp/0470008741/

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not depressed. I enjoy working in a non-deterministic space. :) $\endgroup$
    – Pete
    Feb 8, 2011 at 18:51
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't know about the second book. I will read that! $\endgroup$
    – Quantopik
    Feb 18, 2015 at 8:57

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