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SACEMS with SMA Filter

In response to a prior analysis (updated here), a subscriber asked whether adding a simple moving average (SMA) filter to “Simple Asset Class ETF Momentum Strategy” (SACEMS) assets, either before or after ranking them based on past returns, improves strategy performance. SACEMS each month picks winners from among the a set of eight asset class… Keep Reading

Optimal Intrinsic Momentum and SMA Intervals Across Asset Classes

What are optimal intrinsic/absolute/time series momentum (IM) and simple moving average (SMA) lookback intervals for different asset class proxies? To investigate, we use data for the following eight asset class exchange-traded funds (ETF), plus Cash: PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking (DBC) iShares JPMorgan Emerging Markets Bond Fund (EMB) iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA) SPDR Gold… Keep Reading

Stock Returns Around Christmas

Does the Christmas holiday, a time of putative good will toward all, give U.S. stock investors a sense of optimism that translates into stock returns? To investigate, we analyze the historical behavior of the S&P 500 Index during five trading days before through five trading days after the holiday. Using daily closing levels of the… Keep Reading

Weekly Summary of Research Findings: 12/12/22 – 12/16/22

Below is a weekly summary of our research findings for 12/12/22 through 12/16/22. These summaries give you a quick snapshot of our content the past week so that you can quickly decide what’s relevant to your investing needs. Subscribers: To receive these weekly digests via email, click here to sign up for our mailing list.

Optimal SACEMS Lookback Interval Update

How sensitive is performance of the “Simple Asset Class ETF Momentum Strategy” (SACEMS) to choice of momentum calculation lookback interval, and what interval works best? To investigate, we generate gross compound annual growth rates (CAGR) and maximum drawdowns (MaxDD) for SACEMS Top 1, equally weighted (EW) EW Top 2 and EW Top 3 portfolios over lookback… Keep Reading

U.S. Dollar Seasonal Strength/Weakness and Stock Market Returns

A subscriber asked whether currency exchange rates exhibit reliable seasonality that may be used to time equities (with a stronger currency implying lower asset prices). To investigate, we look for reliable calendar month effects for the U.S. dollar (USD)-euro exchange rate and for Invesco DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (UUP). We further look at… Keep Reading

Machines Picking Emerging Market Stocks

Are models based on advanced machine learning adept at predicting returns for individual emerging market stocks? In the November 2022 version of their paper entitled “Machine Learning and the Cross-section of Emerging Market Stock Returns”, Matthias Hanauer and Tobias Kalsbach compare abilities of machine learning models to predict emerging market stock returns. They consider nine… Keep Reading

Retail Sales Growth and Stock Market Returns

Do monthly retail sales data reliably predict U.S. stock market behavior? To investigate, we relate monthly change in retail sales to monthly S&P 500 Index return. We consider both seasonally adjusted (SA) and non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) retail sales series, as compiled by the the U.S. Census Bureau. Using monthly levels of retail sales and the… Keep Reading

Why EW Beats VW

Why do equal-weighted (EW) portfolios outperform their market capitalization-weighted, or value-weighted (VW), counterparts over multiple decades in various investment universes? In their November 2022 paper entitled “Why Do Equally Weighted Portfolios Beat Value-Weighted Ones?”, Alexander Swade, Sandra Nolte, Mark Shackleton and Harald Lohre analyze drivers of differences in performance between EW and VW U.S. stock… Keep Reading

Weekly Summary of Research Findings: 12/5/22 – 12/9/22

Below is a weekly summary of our research findings for 12/5/22 through 12/9/22. These summaries give you a quick snapshot of our content the past week so that you can quickly decide what’s relevant to your investing needs. Subscribers: To receive these weekly digests via email, click here to sign up for our mailing list.