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evo34
78 posts
msg #110887
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2/1/2013 6:48:47 PM

FYI -- Adding "Not Industry(Medical - Biomedical)" doesn't seem to work; in fact, it selects that industry rather than excluding it. Does anyone know how to accomplish the exclusion of an industry?



compound_gains
152 posts
msg #110896
Ignore compound_gains
modified
2/2/2013 9:01:22 AM

I think you'll find that there is no simple way to exclude "medical - biomedical" as an industry and the workarounds (industry counts, industry number counts, etc.) don't seem to work with "medical - biomedical." But you already have the easiest solution. In Kevin's filter he has "add column industry." You're only dealing with a handful of stocks so if you see a stock in an industry you don't like, just skip it.

That being said, I think you'll find if you back check that "medical - biomedical" stocks account for a lot of the entries with this filter...it's simply their volatility...so you've changed the whole system if you exclude them.

evo34
78 posts
msg #110897
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2/2/2013 3:17:42 PM

Thanks for the info. The main reason to have an industry excluded is to be able to backtest a system without it included. I'd be pretty shocked if this system's returns were driven significantly by medical/drug stocks. I personally avoid these stocks in short-term trading for the same reason I avoid stocks about to announce earnings: your risk in these individual trades will be much, much higher than the avg. risk of a trade in the system. Blindly sizing these ultra-high volatility trades as large as you do normal (for the system) trades will result in higher risk of bankroll ruin than you might think. If you reduce the size of all your trades to handle this, you'll be leaving money on the table (going too small on low-risk trades).

Obviously, these are my opinions, and others can trade how they see fit. In any case, I just wish SF would add functionality to omit industries (as well as ADRs, and closed end funds). Would be helpful for a lot of us I believe.

wkloss
230 posts
msg #110902
Ignore wkloss
2/2/2013 10:09:29 PM

evo34

A few thoughts to consider:

Weren't industries like you want to exclude included in the excellent test results?

Aren't a lot of "troubled" companies included in the test results? Isn't the underlying concept of this strategy that a lot of oversold companies have fallen beyond a reasonable point?

I'm not trying to say you are right or wrong. I'm suggesting that you might need to review the list of trades to verify your idea. If you do and it improves performance, then you have improved a statistical edge. Otherwise, you are taking a mechanical system and turnng it into a discretionary system. I hope your results are better than mine, but everytime I go discretionary, I increase my lifetime tax deductions.

Bill

evo34
78 posts
msg #110905
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2/3/2013 1:32:37 AM

Yeah, that's the whole idea. You need to confirm that excluding certain industries will not degrade you past test results. Based on my testing on other platforms (with other systems), excluding medical/biotech usually improves your reward/risk ratio. My point is that in SF, you are not able to test the hypothesis, which is unfortunate.

As for troubled companies, I haven't suggested to avoid them. I suggested avoiding stocks which are about to experience known high-volatility events that your system probably has no ability to predict. Again, in an ideal world, you would be able to test this; although, getting accurate EPS date data into a backtesting tool is rather difficult. But unless you have reason to believe that your system results are driven by such outlier cases (upcoming earnings or drug trials), I believe it is advisable to exclude them simply bc the variance of your returns for such trades goes through the roof.

It's very different if you have a fundamentals-based or event-based system, of course. There, you are relying on big events and so certainly could not try to exclude them. But when the majority of your tested trades are not subject to major news events, it usually will not hurt to avoid the stocks you think will experience them very soon.

miko
68 posts
msg #110917
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2/4/2013 12:20:21 AM

An alternative to excluding (because of higher volatility, eg earnings/biotechs) is to reduce the position size for those trades only. It seems human nature to be all or nothing, black or white, but there is plenty of space in between. Of course that guarantees that you won't be right (if it loses, you shouldn't have traded it at all, if it wins, you should have traded full size).

novacane32000
273 posts
msg #110919
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2/4/2013 7:58:37 AM

Does someone have the settings used to backtest this system on SF?

compound_gains
152 posts
msg #110925
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2/4/2013 8:49:15 AM

That being said, I think you'll find if you back check that "medical - biomedical" stocks account for a lot of the entries with this filter...it's simply their volatility...so you've changed the whole system if you exclude them.

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I was wrong about the prevalence of Medical - Biomedical stocks in the population of stocks triggered by the system that's being used here. In 2012 there were some 378 stocks triggered using the set-up on page 19 (msg #110375) and a trigger where the next day's low is 6% or more below the previous day's close. Among these, 15% (n=56) were in the broad Medical sector and only 10% (n=38) were in the industry Medical - Biomedical. If someone was interested enough you could go back and generate a reasonable estimate of what the return would have been on those 38 Medical - Biomedical stocks, or any other industry for that matter.



Kevin_in_GA
4,548 posts
msg #110958
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2/4/2013 1:44:41 PM

New trade triggered this morning.

HLF - limit entry at 32.97, currently at 34.09 (up 3.4%).

Kevin_in_GA
4,548 posts
msg #110961
Ignore Kevin_in_GA
2/4/2013 2:41:42 PM

And one more:

KERX - limit entry at 6.68, currently at 6.76 (up 1.2%).

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