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Recap for August 10, 2020

Long/Short Strategy S&P 500
Daily change -0.6% open to close +0.3% close to close
Since March 5, 2020 +22.7%* +7.3%
Drawdown from peak -0.6% 0%
Max. drawdown -5.8% on May 15, 2020 -28.6% on March 23, 2020

The SPY ETF gained 0.4% from open to close of the day.

Below is the equity curve for S&P 500 long/short signals from 03/05/2020 to 08/07/2020 based on backtests. The equity line (black) represents the growth of the average daily change of all signals from open to close of the day. Buy and hold performance is also shown (red) along with the correlation of the daily returns.

Correlation of strategy and S&P 500 daily returns is -0.112. Sharpe of the strategy is 3.06. 

* Performance is based on backtests. Actual performance may vary in any direction due to high volatility periods, slippage, commissions and other known or unknown factors that may affect trading performance.

Signals for August 11, 2020


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About the long/short signals and strategy switching

Signals are generated by DLPAL LS. For generating just the signals, the retail reduced functionality version is sufficient. For more advance analysis including historical data generation for backtests, the professional version is required. 

During higher volatility periods we use a long/short strategy that avoids overnight risk by entering positions at the open and exiting at the close of the day. With this strategy, we minimize overnight risk although trying to profit from from open to close is challenging. Daily open to close signals are more transaction intensive than holding positions overnight. On the other hand, these signals in addition to avoiding overnight risk, they also allow more discretion and flexibility, in case that is desired.

The open to close strategy has worked well since during the market correction in March 2020 but if volatility drops significantly, then regular trading hour profit potential may decline. In case that happens we may switch to smooth features and/or the regular Rank strategy that holds positions overnight. The Rank strategy is based on the same principles as the one used for weekly Market Signals reports with Dow 30 stocks but in this case all entry and exit signals apply to open of a day and the signal mix is rebalanced daily.

We also have other choices of strategies to use depending on market regimes. One strategy for example keeps positions for a minimum number of days. This is desirable in case volatility is very low. In addition, we may use different types of features depending on market regime and market risks.

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