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This is an implementation of a classic market timing technique using the crossover of two moving averages.
Universe: Manual input of tickers.
Alpha: Go Long when the Short Period Moving Average crosses above the Long Period Moving Average, and move into cash when it crosses below.
Portfolio: Equally Weighted portfolio (investing the same amounts in each security).
Execution: Immediate Execution with Market Orders.
Research: This project also includes a research file with explanation of the Alpha logic.
Ideas to try (user-defined inputs in the
- Play with the
SetEndDatedates to change the period of backtest. Does it time the 2008 crisis well?
- Increase the trading frequency by changing the data resolution from
- Add/change the tickers. For example, to select the FANG stocks simply change this line code
tickers = ['FB', 'AMZN', 'NFLX', 'GOOG']
- Play with the length of the two moving averages. Maybe a faster reaction to market timing could be
shortPeriodSMA = 10and
longPeriodSMA = 200Does it improve the performance?
Activate the rebalancing mechanism to ensure the portfolio goes back to equal weighting every so often. The
rebalancingParamis set to False by default, but it can be set to a discretionary number of days to rebalance the portfolio. For instance, if you want to rebalance every 30 days simply do
rebalancingParam = 30
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