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Trends’ signal strength and the performance of CTAs

(2019) FINANCIAL ANALYSTS JOURNAL. 75(1). p.64-83
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We propose a new asset-based factor that relies on aggregating momentum signals over different horizons. Aggregating signals this way captures assets’ trend signal strength, thereby addressing a limitation in existing time series momentum strategies. Our factor mimics a trend-following manager that increases exposure to markets where trends develop and decreases exposure to markets where trends fade. Taking into account a number of practical implementation issues, we found that our proposed factor performs better at replicating the stylized facts of Commodity Trading Advisors’ returns than previous methods and allows a more meaningful assessment of fund alpha.
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Economics and Econometrics, Finance, CTAs, managed futures, commodity trading advisors

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Elaut, Gert, and Péter Erdős. “Trends’ Signal Strength and the Performance of CTAs.” FINANCIAL ANALYSTS JOURNAL, vol. 75, no. 1, 2019, pp. 64–83, doi:10.1080/0015198x.2018.1547052.
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Elaut, G., & Erdős, P. (2019). Trends’ signal strength and the performance of CTAs. FINANCIAL ANALYSTS JOURNAL, 75(1), 64–83. https://doi.org/10.1080/0015198x.2018.1547052
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Elaut, Gert, and Péter Erdős. 2019. “Trends’ Signal Strength and the Performance of CTAs.” FINANCIAL ANALYSTS JOURNAL 75 (1): 64–83. https://doi.org/10.1080/0015198x.2018.1547052.
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Elaut, Gert, and Péter Erdős. 2019. “Trends’ Signal Strength and the Performance of CTAs.” FINANCIAL ANALYSTS JOURNAL 75 (1): 64–83. doi:10.1080/0015198x.2018.1547052.
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Elaut G, Erdős P. Trends’ signal strength and the performance of CTAs. FINANCIAL ANALYSTS JOURNAL. 2019;75(1):64–83.
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G. Elaut and P. Erdős, “Trends’ signal strength and the performance of CTAs,” FINANCIAL ANALYSTS JOURNAL, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 64–83, 2019.
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decreases exposure to markets where trends fade. Taking into account a number of practical implementation issues, we found that our proposed factor performs better at replicating the stylized facts of Commodity Trading Advisors’ returns than previous methods and allows a more meaningful assessment of fund alpha.}},
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  journal      = {{FINANCIAL ANALYSTS JOURNAL}},
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  title        = {{Trends’ signal strength and the performance of CTAs}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0015198x.2018.1547052}},
  volume       = {{75}},
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