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Are there better performance measures for mean-reverting vs trend-following trading strategies?

The Sharpe ratio is often used as measure to assess risk-adjusted returns of trading strategies. However, there are also other measures that can be used to assess risk-adjusted returns like the ...
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What is a proper way to evaluate a backtested strategy if its trading asset has a strong trend?

I backtested a strategy that trades bitcoin, but I'm not sure if it's worth doing it because of the recent strong trend of bitcoin. The buy-and-hold has a better return, Sharpe ratio of the strategy ...
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Possible survivorship bias

I am quite new to studying finance so apologies if this turns out to be a trivial question. I am writing my first essay where I want to test a value strategy from 2009-2019 by yearly ranking of the ...
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Is “Information Coefficient” correlation or rank correlation?

From the textbook, information coefficient (IC) is a measure of the depth of an active manager’s skill. On a more formal basis, IC measures the “correlation” between actual returns and those predicted ...
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Performance Attribution - changing weights

I would appreciate it if someone could help me tackle this problem. I have daily data of returns for my portfolio, daily weights accounting for various portfolio changes. Could someone explain how I ...
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How is the total return of an alpha strategy being calculated during backtesting?

I am using a quant simulation platform and I have chosen a formulaic alpha to be used. Now the platform is backtesting and displaying the total return of the alpha strategy over 12 years. The trading ...
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Performance metric that integrates market volatility?

Is there a performance metric like Sharpe that takes into account the volatility of the current market instead of only the volatility of the fund? I believe investors may have different degrees of ...
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Mathematical proof of out-of-sample disappointment in portfolio performance being a function of a portfolio's variance

The minimum-variance portfolio is considered more optimal than the maximum Sharpe ratio (tangency) portfolio on the grounds that its in-sample performance is less likely to disappoint out-of-sample. ...
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Performance return of holdings if you know the returns of top10 holdings?

I think this is a simple question, but struggling to get my head around it. There is a fund that showcases its top 10 holdings and their respective weights. I want to infer the performance of the rest ...
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internal rate of return ((M/X)IRR ?) of a fund

I have the following data for a fund. The contributions come from the LPs (i.e., the investors invest more in the fund, or withdraw money from the fund), MV stands for market value. The timing is not ...
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Modigliani Squared (M2) and negative fund returns

I often see it quoted that the M2 measure offers an advantage over the sharpe, as sharpe is 'difficult to interpret' for negative returns. eg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modigliani_risk-...
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Reliable metric to predict out of sample performance of trading strategy

How can one estimate the performance of a trading strategy on out of sample dataset? Yes, the good old model selection problem. Everyone knows sharpe ratio of your in-sample dataset by itself is a ...
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Performance measurement

When I regress the excess performance of a portfolio on the MKT Factor using daily data. I get a Beta of 0.95 and an alpha of 0.00011 that I annualize *252 = 2.77% I know that the annualized return of ...
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Is there a performance measure for the entire efficient frontier?

The Sharpe ratio is an example of a performance measure for individual mean-variance efficient portfolios, regardless if they maximize the Sharpe ratio or not. The efficient frontier, however, ...
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How to calculate a position's contribution to its portfolio's tracking error?

Say we have assets X (with weight $w_a$) and Y (with weight $w_y$) in a portfolio. X and B returns are correlated: $Cov(R_x, R_y)\neq 0$. The portfolio's tracking error is: $std(R_p - R_b) = std((w_x*(...
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Can alpha be positive if cumulative returns underperform the benchmark?

According to my portfolio analysis program (pyfolio), the alpha of the following strategy is .17 (I am assuming 17%). [Based on pyfolio documentation, alpha here is the "annualized alpha".] ...
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How to Compute the Return for a Series of Investments with Payouts?

I am looking for a metric to track the performance of investments in a security over time. I know what I have in mind but I am not sure how to map it onto a known metric. I want to answer the ...
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Why is Calmar ratio considered not to satisfy monotonicity?

We have the following definitions $\text{Gain-loss ratio} = \frac{E[X^+]}{|E[X^-]|}=\frac{E[X^+]}{-E[X^-]}=\frac{E[X]}{-E[X^-]}+1$; where $X$ are the returns, $E[X^+]$ is the expected gain, i.e. $E[X|...
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Definition of drawdown

Say I am considering the entire time horizon, is max drawdown what I've drawn in blue, or what's in purple? Likewise, how about the current drawdown for the period in black (in practice, I am asked ...
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How do Hedge Funds account for returns from short selling?

I was going over my notes from an Asset Pricing module yesterday and came across something interesting I hadn't thought about in a while. It was how Hedge Funds can over inflate their performance by ...
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CAPM and Beta: problem with regression (Beta is too low yet statistically significant?)

I have two time series of daily return calculated as $\frac{Price_{t}}{Price_{t-1}} -1$. One is the daily returns of a portfolio, the other the daily returns of the index (MSCI World). Period is 2020 ...
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Daily to Monthly Performance Attribution - Getting Effects to equal the Excess Return

I am building a performance attribution tool on Python to help us understand the asset allocation, stock selection effects of our fund. We are using daily price data for each component within the ...
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understanding the linear constraint on a regression performance report

I am trying to understand a regression performance attribution. The problem the code solves is shown below. min 0.5 * x'Hx + f'x st. Ax <= b So I have n ...
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Why use square root of companies market cap in the WLS matrix

When doing a regression based performance attribution I see that people normally use WLS. So that both our independent and dependent variables are multiplied by our WLS matrix, which is a diagonal ...
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What are the best metrics to evaluate an ML algo backtest, other than the nominal returns?

I have designed an algorithm that uses Support Vector Machines to classify the next day's price movement for several prominent cryptocurrencies on a ...
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Performance attribution and monthly rebalance: Is a month enough data to calculate Beta and Alpha?

A portfolio is built systematically by calculating scores and rebalanced each month to invest only in the 80 best scores. Scores change frequently and therefore the portfolio changes each month, ...
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Non-binary Strategy evaluation by comparing to a perfect baseline

When building a strategy, how do you evaluate if it is 'good enough'? Some may say 'Well if it has positive return and low drawdown it should be a good indication', and others will add more 'things it ...
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Highest asset allocation contribution to the fund’s performance

I am preparing for 2020 May FRM II test and will appreciate any explanation for this question: In terms of asset allocation contribution, why is real estate made the highest asset allocation ...
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Outperform the market with a Beta lower than 1, is it possible? [closed]

I have a portfolio which seems to have outperformed the benchmark for the past 2 years however the risk system I use advises that using recent past data (lookback period of 2 years) the Beta to this ...
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Practical definition of stock rating scores

I am trying to understand the practical quantitative definitions of the stock scoring system (1-5) that can be commonly found in sell-side analyst predictions. For instance, a score of 3 suggests ...
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Relation between Sharpe ratio and amount of capital

In the book Quantitative trading by Ernest P. Chan, in one of the example we compute the Sharpe ratio of long-short strategy and one step perplexes me: In column L, compute the net returns for ...
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Alternative relative performance measure to Sharpe ratio for non-IID return

The Sharpe ratio is often used to compare the relative performance of portfolios despite its IID-assumption for the returns being violated. I can find ample warnings about the consequences of ...
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How to conduct an event-study for a single index (i.e the DJIA) with multiple events

I am a postgraduate student writing my thesis. I am somewhat a novice in the field I have chosen to study, however this has undoubtedly broadened my horizons. I am attempting to evaluate the impact of ...
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Composite portfolio performance

I'm trying to calculate the combined performance of two portfolios, but keep getting a nonsensical result. I have a Fixed Income & Equity portfolio and the GIPS quarterly performance number from ...
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ETF performance/returns

I was going over some ETF return data on yahoo finance and encountered some numbers that did not make sense to me. The image below shows a ytd return of 17.94% and 13.52%. I checked ETF.com and ETFdb ...
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How to calculate the Maximum Drawdown for a portfolio in MATLAB?

I would like to verify my approach of calculating the Maximum Drawdown for a portfolio in MATLAB. I've got a vector of returns for the portfolio, to which I add 1 for every return. Afterwards I ...
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How to calculate the daily rate of return for an actively traded account

I have a spot currency exchange account where the base currency is USD and where I can deposit and/or withdraw money from the account in any currency at any point in time. I can also exchange any ...
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How to compute cumulative performance of a portfolio with two equities?

I have a time series of adjusted returns for two companies, A and B. I have created a portfolio consisting of these two time series with equal weighting (sum of weights must equal 1): $w_a = w_b=0.5$...
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How likely it is that a strategy profits are explained by luck?

I want to evaluate a trading strategy. My goal is not to compare it with other strategies, but rather to determine how likely it is that the profits are generated from the strategy itself rather than ...
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P&L Calculation of Option Strategy

I have designed a call writing option strategy, where I am rolling the options upon expiry, i.e., my portfolio consists of one short call position at any given time. I have a time series of the value ...
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Is there a python library to generate performance metrics from returns of the strategy?

I am backtesting a strategy and have data generated from the returns of the strategy. Now I need performance metrics like maximum drawdown, Sharpe ratio, Treynor measure etc., I am writing functions ...
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Annualising Data

I have a 3 year performance track record of monthly returns. I am trying to calculate the Sortino Ratio, Information Ratio, Treynor index etc. In calculating the Sharpe Ratio I have multiplied the ...
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performance measure using pnl series

I have a time series of \$pnl of a strategy and nothing else. Can i use it to come up with some sort of a performance measure adjusted for risk? Is $$ \frac{average(\$pnl)} {sigma(\$pnl)}$$ ok to use ...
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Measuring alpha (Academia vs the Industry)

During academia, I learned to evaluate the performance of a portfolio by calculating alpha as the following: $\alpha_{i} = (R_{it}-R_{ft})-[\beta_i(R_{BMK_t}-R_{ft})]$ where $\alpha_i$ and $\beta_i$ ...
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Sharpe Ratio Calculation Best Practice

For Sharpe ratio formula : $SR(s) = \frac{(x_s - r)}{\sigma_s}$ where for the time period under evaluation : $x_s$ represents the average return of the portfolio $r$ represents average return of ...
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How to compute estimate performance with variable returns and days held

I have a trading strategy that results in a number of holdings, each of which has a variable number of days held, and obviously, return. So, for example, suppose I run a Monte Carlo simulation, and ...
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Testing the accuracy of a created Index

So long story short, I created a Oil/Energy Index from a basket of 5 stocks in the asset class. I am looking to use mean-reversion, in order to help rebalance the allocation of funds between ...
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What returns to use?

I have monthly returns of my portfolio... I would like to summarize the performance over a longer period in one overall figure. Should I use log returns per month then use geometric mean on the log ...
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Accuracy for GARCH models

How does one calculate the accuracy of forecasts given by GARCH models considering GARCH is run on returns. Assuming GARCH is a derivative of a regression based prediction model, would regular ...
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Calculating 10-year Sharpe ratio for a mutual fund in excel?

Probably a very simple question but here goes. I am looking to calculate the Sharpe ratio for some funds in excel (173 funds to be exact). The monthly returns I have are from January 2006 to December ...