Quantitative trading strategies use quantitative signals and a set of predefined systematic rules to make trading decisions. Strategies operate within parameters based on historical analysis (backtesting) and real world market studies (forward testing). Strategies may be executed manually (by a human trader) or automatically (by a computer).

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### Questions on Kelly criterion

I am new to asset allocation problems and have some concerns regarding the derivation of the continuous-time Kelly criterion (i.e. not the original version destined to discrete sports betting/Casino). ...
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### Machine learning - assigning a value to each tradable moment

I've been looking at machine learning trading strategies for some time and realized recently that I've been neglecting a very important part of the equation in terms of training an effective model. In ...
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### Backtesting: what happens to real-executed order if mine fills instead?

I'm writing a backtester and using an order-by-order Nasdaq ITCH feed whilst testing it. Let's say the bid-ask spread is 100 @ 9-11 @ 100 My strategy inserts an bid order for 100 @ 10 and this ...
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### Meaning of cross sectional rank

This paper mentions the concept of rank which is defined as cross sectional rank. For e.g. one of the alphas (#3) is (-1 * correlation(rank(open), rank(volume), 10)) 10 is just the number of days ...
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### Assets cointegration: optimal inventory for futures market

I'm interested in HFT cointegration stratagies, and recently found interesting article "Algorithmic Trading of Co-Integrated Assets" The article describes mean-reversion strategy for N-assets. ...
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### How does one simulate intraday strategies which don't end up flat at the close?

I ran into this trying to simulate trading interlisted names between the NYSE and the TSX. Depending on my strategy parametrization it would sometimes end up with a significant short or long dollar ...
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### Calculating index arbitrage

I have a days-worth of level 2 market data. I am calculating S&P500 index arbitrage. I have a few questions about the calculation: 1) Should I be summing all the bids and asks from the stocks ...
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### How to monetize ability to predict small stock movements smaller than spread?

For a relatively small subset of stock symbols I have been able to build a model that is able to 20-100 times per day consistently predict whether a stock is going up within the next 2 minutes, being ...
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### Meta Labeling for trading opportunities

In Advances in Financial Machine Learning, Lopez explains how we should build a primary exogenous model (binary classifier) to identify trading opportunities and a secondary meta model to filter out ...
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### Realistic Modeling of Capacity in Backtesting a trading strategy

Typically the backtest of a quantitative trading strategy assumes a fixed period and fixed capital at the start to backtest a strategy. However, each strategy has a capacity (due to non-linear trading ...
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### evaluating garch models

I used ugarchroll to backtest my garch model on S&P returns this is my code ...
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### Dealing with missing factors

I have to deal with a factor investing strategy, with the particularity that I can't get a value for the factor for each date for each stock. Practically speaking, this is due to the fact that this ...
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### Rationale behind volatility dispersion (or correlation) trading

When looking at the explanation of CBOE S&P 500 Implied Correlation Indices available here, it is written that such indices: [...] "may be used to provide trading signals for a strategy known as ...
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### Can a stat arb alpha be a global macro alpha?

In academic literature, "statistical arbitrage" is opposed to (deterministic) arbitrage.[1] In deterministic arbitrage, a sure profit can be obtained from being long some securities and short others. ...
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### reconstruct LOB from NASDAQ ITCH -how to handle market price order

I am trying to reconstruct the limit order book from the NASDAQ Historical TotalView -ITCH data. After I decode the raw data, I can successfully generate whole messages flow from ITCH data. However,in ...
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### Trading rules from automated search

I after talking to a research fellow, researched about trading rules from automated search. I found in the book Finding Alphas by Tulchinsky a general chapter, ...
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Why does dividing daily returns by daily range eliminates fat tails and results in an (almost) gaussian distribution? And how could that distribution be exploited to enter trades?
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### Random Walk Theory vs. Quant Trading

I am quite new to random walk theory so please excuse my rather simply put question but I am wondering how can quant trading desks and other algorithmic trading firms exist if there is the random walk ...
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### Reading Recommendations - Quantitative Investment Strategies from a “genuine” quant viewpoint

I recently stumbled the lecture notes of Prof. Avellaneda on Quantitative Investment Strategies (near the bottom of this page). The exposition is highly structured and rigorous, but I am missing in ...
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### Can I use the Sharpe Ratio as an objective function in algorithmic trading?

I’m experimenting with custom loss functions for different trading rules and have come across a few articles citing success in directly using the (negative) Sharpe Ratio as a loss function, ...
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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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### The discontinuity when applying the combinatorial purged cross-validation

In Marcos Lopez de Prado's book, Advances in financial machine learning, he recommends using the combinatorial purged cross-validation(CPCV) for backtesting. His motivation is sensible. Through the ...
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### Competitive levels in Limit Order Books

I've been doing some research on electronic Limit Order Books (mainly equities) and I was wondering if anyone has seen a paper on how to compute competitive limit order prices. By competitive, I mean ...
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### What are some special trading phenomena that would be interesting to research?

I'm looking to research special trading phenomena like end-of-month bonds activity, daily closing imbalances in cash equities, futures expiration/settlement manipulation (like in VIX) etc. What are ...