Strategies

Seasonality for the S&P 500 – Since 1950, A Big Change the last 20 Years, Weekly and Monthly Perspectives

Today’s report will take a deep dive into seasonality. Before doing so, note that seasonal patterns are not at the top of my analytical list. The same is true for sentiment. While I am aware of seasonal patterns and sentiment, my trading decisions are based on price (trends, patterns and setups). As with most secondary indicators, seasonal patterns should be used in conjunction with other analysis techniques (trend, overbought/oversold, outsized moves, patterns).

Turn of the Month Strategy – Strong Long-term Performance, Beats Buy-Hold, Some Weak Months

The turn of the month shows a strong bullish bias with an extremely stable equity curve that really took off the last few years. This strategy, which is only invested 38% of the time, outperformed buy and hold with a higher Compound Annual Return. Overall, the eight day percentage change at the turn of the month is positive 68% of the time for SPY. Despite strong numbers overall, February is weakest month when testing over the last twenty years, and we just happen to be in February.

Exit Strategies – Trend Reversal, Chandelier, Parabolic SAR and ATR Trailing Stop – Resources

Chartists trading oversold bounces and short-term bullish continuation patterns have two basic choices when it comes to an exit: trailing stop or trend reversal. Trailing stops are used initially as stop-losses and then trail price if/when it moves higher. Trend reversal exits are used to accumulate during an uptrend and exit when the longer-term trend reverses. This article will cover the trend reversal exit and three trailing stop alternatives.

Identifying Trend Changes and Tradable Pullbacks within Uptrends (w/ Video)

2021 is just around the corner and chartists without a strategy should think long and hard about getting one. Trading in the direction of the trend is pretty much my bread and butter strategy. I do not fish for bottoms or attempt to pick tops. Tempting as it often is, I try to refrain from such endeavors as much as possible. More often than not, we are better off using trend-following indicators to identify bullish and bearish trend reversals

StochClose Strategy (Part 6) – Update, Thoughts on Cherry Picking, Testing with a Moving Average Filter

The StochClose strategy offers a systematic approach to trading a defined ETF universe. This is the sixth installment of a five-part series that started with an introduction to the StochClose indicator on April 21st. This first installment covered the rationale for the indicator and its settings, the signal thresholds and a ranking table. The second installment tested a momentum-rotation strategy, the third outlined a

StochClose Strategy (Part 4) – Trend Signals, Bull Market Filters and Maximum Number of Positions

This is part 4 of a series on using StochClose in trading strategies. Today we will take StochClose trend signals to the portfolio level. After setting the hard to beat benchmarks, I will test the two groups in the All Weather List separately: the 40 stock-related ETFs and 10 alternative ETFs. These two groups will be tested for the entire periods and then in their preferred market environment. The alternative ETFs performed as expected, better in bear markets, but the stock-related ETFs produced a big surprise.

StochClose Strategy (Part 3) – Testing Trend Signals and Comparing with Other Indicators

This article will test crossover signals in the StochClose indicator and the compare these signals with other trend indicators. These are “all signal” tests to quantify performance as a trend-following indicator. Even though good past performance does not guarantee future performance, an all signals test gives us an idea of what to expect going forward. How often does a bullish signal result in a profit, how big are the profits on average and how big are the losses.

A New Twist on Measuring Monthly Seasonality

Seasonality is behind price action when it comes to analysis and signals, but monthly seasonal patterns can provide a tailwind to existing trends. This study will look at monthly seasonal patterns for the S&P 500 over the last 30 years with a new twist. In addition to win rate, we will also look at returns and the equity curves.

StochClose Strategy (Part 2) – Rotation Strategies using StochClose and 3 Momentum Indicators

StochClose (125,5) is a trend indicator that can be used in rotation strategies. A rotation strategy ranks a set of securities by an indicator value, buys the top ranked securities and sells when they drop below a certain threshold. This article will explain the details of the rotation system and backtest several different systems. We will start with a basic SPY/TLT rotation and then move to rotation strategies with 50 ETFs.

StochClose Strategy (Part 1) – Introduction to Indicator – Methodology, Charts and Ranking

StochClose is an indicator that quantifies trend direction and trend strength. It also removes volatility from the equation and levels the playing field for stocks and ETFs. As such, it offers a balanced approach to trend identification and relative chart strength. TrendInvestorPro uses this indicator on charts and in the ETF ranking tables. This article will explain the methodology, show chart examples and provide an example of the ranking table.

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