Went Long on the S&P 500

It has been a while since my system had a position in the S&P 500, but it’s back. Went long at the close today.

Max-Sharpe Allocations for December

December is going to be interesting, mostly from a performance point of view. Based on seasonality, emotions and gut feeling, I’d go mostly into stocks, mostly US. My Max-Sharpe approach tells me otherwise, and I will stick with the boss’s allocations. Here they are:

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Storing Forecasts in a Database

In my last post I mentioned that I started using RSQLite to store computed results. No rocket science here, but my feeling is that this might be useful to others, hence, this post. This can be done using any database, but I will use (R)SQLite as an illustration.

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Synchronization for R with the flock Package

Have you tried synchronizing R processes? I did and it wasn’t straightforward. In fact, I ended up creating a new package – flock.

One of the improvements I did not too long ago to my R back-testing infrastructure was to start using a database to store the results. This way I can compute all interesting models (see the “ARMA Models for Trading” series for an example) once and store the relevant information (mean forecast, variance forecast, AIC, etc) into the database. Then, I can test whatever I want without further heavy lifting.

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Grouping of Commodity Futures

The volatility seems to be leaking quickly out of the stock market, and it seems to be back to its pre-dominantly bull-mode, which has been going on for a while now. So time to go long and wait for the next opportunity for more trading?

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Max-Sharpe Allocations for November

At the beginning of October, this strategy went heavily into treasuries (TLT), to the tune of 70%. The rest was SPY. With all the turbulence in October, this proved to be a good setup – yielding about 2.3% for the month.

For November, the strategy allocations deviate a little bit from the original strategy (which implementation was posted originally on the Systematic Investor Blog).

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Exited the Short on the S&P 500

Time to stay out of the market for a bit, at least according to my system. With all the developments of late – I don’t blame it.:)

Went Short on the S&P 500

The last long position was quite painful, basically I held it throughout the correction, and I flipped it today (systematically) still at a loss (although a minor one), despite the massive recovery of late. Now let’s see how the short fares.:)

Trading Futures

About a year ago, I moved my trading predominantly to futures. It has been a rich and beneficial learning experience, so I decided to share it in this post.

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Max-Sharpe Allocations for October

Was busy at the beginning of September and didn’t post the updates for that month. However, the allocations were pretty close to August’s. The performance for September was pretty bad – a loss of 3%, which sent us at a negative 1% for the year.

It seems that a correction might be starting, and the strategy (both the original and my modified version) is acting accordingly, allocating 71% to TLT (treasuries) and the rest to SPY (S&P 500).