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2016 Wagner Award Call for Papers

The submission deadlines for the 2016 Wagner Award, presented by the National Association for Active Investment Management (NAAIM) are December 15, 2015 for an Intent to Submit and February 29, 2016 for a final paper. Per the “Call for Papers”:

“The competition is open to all investment practitioners, academic faculty and doctoral candidates in the field. …Papers must be of practical significance to practitioners of active investing. The prize will be awarded to a paper resulting from research into active investment management, which NAAIM broadly defines as investment strategies and techniques that improve upon the risk-adjusted return obtainable from a passive, buy-and-hold, investment strategy. …All submitted papers should be recent, unpublished and of a quality appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal. …Three prizes will be awarded. The best paper will receive the NAAIM Wagner Award valued at $10,000; second place will receive $2,000 and third will receive $1,000. …the grand prizewinner will be invited to present his / her paper at the NAAIM annual conference: “Uncommon Knowledge 2016,” May 1-4 at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Free conference attendance, U.S. air travel and lodging will be provided.”

See “Lumber-Gold Interaction as Stocks and Bonds Indicator” for a summary of the 2015 Wagner Award first place paper.

See “Generating Parameter Sensitivity Distributions to Mitigate Snooping Bias”, “Exploitation of Stock Deviations from Statistical Equilibrium” and “Relative Strength of 10-year and 30-year Treasuries as Regime Indicator” for summaries of the 2014 Wagner Award first, second and third place papers, respectively.

See “Equity Sector Selection Based on Credit Risk”, “Volatility Trading Strategies” and “Taking the Noise Out of Technical Trading” for summaries of the 2013 Wagner Award first, second and third place papers, respectively.

See “Melding Momentum, Diversification and Absolute Return”“Mutual Fund Alpha Momentum” and “Active Asset Allocation via Drawdown Control” for summaries of the 2012 Wagner Award first, second and third place papers, respectively.

See “Capital Management with Clustered Signals”“Which Kind of (ETF) Momentum Is Best?” and “Enhancing/Streamlining Asset Rotation” for summaries of the 2011 Wagner Award first, second and third place papers, respectively.

See “Exploiting the Predictability of Volatility” and “Selling Calls or Puts According to Trend” for summaries of the 2010 Wagner Award first and second place papers, respectively.

The editor of CXOadvisory.com will be a judge for the 2016 Wagner Award. CXOadvisory.com has no other affiliation with NAAIM.

“What Works Best?” Update

We’ve updated “What Works Best?” to incorporate some recent research summaries and adjust interpretation of the body of research.

Correction to Momentum Strategy Winners

We have corrected the Momentum Strategy winners list for January 2015 (to be held during February 2015). The third place winner was incorrect due to omission of a dividend.

2015 Charles H. Dow Award Competition

The deadline for submission of papers for the 2015 Charles H. Dow Award, presented by the Market Technicians Association (MTA), is January 5, 2015. MTA established this award in 1994 to recognize outstanding research in technical analysis. The Award carries a prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to present the winning paper at the April 2015 MTA Gala Awards Dinner in New York City.

Competition for the award is open to all practitioners and academics. Per the Guidelines for Submissions, the MTA judging panel evaluates each submission based on its enhancement of the understanding of market action and the concepts of technical analysis, and its thoroughness.

CXOadvisory.com has no affiliation with MTA or the Charles H. Dow Award.

“What Works Best?” Update

An update to the “What Works Best?” page makes the discussion more expansive (to address strategic asset allocation), shifts emphasis and adds references.

Investing Demons Update

An updated Investing Demons now includes relevant research summary statements from the past year. This section provides a broad perspective on the content of CXOadvisory.com.

Strategies for Exploiting Index Rebalancing?

A reader suggested: “With the annual Russell rebalancing coming later this month, maybe you could post some profitable trading strategies.” A search of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) for “index rebalancing” and “index reconstitution” and “Russell rebalancing” and “Russell reconstitution” locates the following research (in reverse posting chronology): Keep Reading

How About Spinoffs?

A reader asked: “Have you done a review on spinoffs?” Keep Reading

Master Limited Partnerships?

A reader asked: “Could you shed some light on Master Limited Partnerships and their risk?”


There is not much formal research on Master Limited Partnerships (MLP). A Social Science Research Network search locates two papers that may interest you: Keep Reading

Working Papers vs. Journal Articles?

A reader commented and asked: “The problem with SSRN is that most papers published there are working papers, placed there to receive comments. Before any of these papers appear in a journal, they undergo peer review, one of the most important processes in scientific research. Experienced researchers in the field thereby filter out all the mistakes, wrong methods, incorrect conclusions, etc. How do you know that the working papers are not dramatically adjusted before publication in a peer-reviewed journal?” Keep Reading

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