Study: Sell IRB when there is Bearish Crossover in MACD

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In this study, we evaluate the performance of strategy "Sell IRB when there is Bearish Crossover in MACD" under various conditions.

X Analysis

In the table below, we find out the performance of this trading strategy under following scenario: sell IRB at the closing price whenever the signal triggers (Rs. 2Lac per trade). Then cover the position "X" trading days later at close_price i.e. buy after "X" trading days. Here are the results of this study:

X DaysNet ProfitTotal TradesWinning TradesLosing Trades% ProfitableAvg Winning TradeMax Winning TradeAvg Losing TradeMax Losing TradeWin/Loss RatioProfit FactorSharpe RatioAvg Trade
1-25803.4290474352.224289.9913805.97-5289.14-22511.080.810.89-0.014-286.7
243879.0690434747.788014.4230542.53-6398.75-25438.971.251.150.016487.55
3-88395.9690434747.787667.3431900.45-8895.57-26019.890.860.79-0.027-982.18
4-63948.6590434747.788783.435520.36-9396.48-35053.950.930.86-0.017-710.54
57795.1790504055.569381.5877036.2-11532.09-42636.340.811.020.001886.61
6-4283.5790444648.8911044.9460520.36-10657.85-44386.121.040.99-0.00094-47.6
729258.4189444549.4411100.6249434.39-10203.76-46408.391.091.060.0067328.75
860553.0589434648.3112758.8849773.76-10610.41-45439.871.21.120.013680.37
912278.6489474252.8111226.0757103.22-12270.16-54882.970.911.020.0025137.96
10-29766.4589424747.1913023.4967258.6-12271.34-46997.931.060.95-0.0056-334.45
Although, strategy looks good but profit factor on day 1 is less than minimum accepted value so avoid this, see below for further analysis.

Strategy Analysis - Exit Criteria

In the study above, exit criterion was that hold the position for "X" trading days. That's one possible exit criterion. However, we can have more elaborate exit criteria. Now we study this strategy under other exit criteria. There are 3 things which you must get to know before proceeding further. Table below shows the performance of this strategy under various exit combinations. Note that nil,nil,-1 is a special exit combination where we just take the best result of "X" Analysis study above.

Stop LossAdjust Stop LossTargetAvg Holding PeriodNet ProfitTotal TradesWinning TradesLosing Trades% ProfitableAvg Winning TradeMax Winning TradeAvg Losing TradeMax Losing TradeWin/Loss RatioProfit FactorSharpe RatioAvg Trade
atrtrail-15.112571699386138.3814829.8470461.93-7177.34-18645.362.071.290.0251269.86
atrtrail24.0396730.51102406239.2213554.135366.07-7184.41-18645.361.891.220.024948.34
atrtrail34.5489890.499386138.3813887.0536533.94-7177.34-18645.361.931.210.021907.98
atrnil38.4960058.8791246726.3728080.5953049.11-9162.32-18764.893.061.10.012659.99
atrnil25.8333452.998336533.6718982.2439081.64-9122.47-18764.892.081.060.0074341.36

In the table above, row 1 shows the best exit criterion. Profit factor is 1.29. Strategy is showing mildly bearish results but we advice not to take a call solely on the basis of this study. Percentage of profitable trades is 38.38%, which is not acceptable. Avoid this strategy. Average return per trade is 0.63%, which is not very high, don't trade solely on the basis of this study. Sharpe Ratio is 0.025, which is low, don't trade solely on the basis of this study.
In the chart below, we plot cumulative trade gain versus trades using the best exit criterion.
IRB Performance, Profit Factor:1.29

Yearwise Summary of trades in above chart

YearNumber of TradesTrade Dates
2019303 Jan 2019 (-1.69%), 25 Mar 2019 (-4.53%), 04 Apr 2019 (1.76%)
2018918 Jan 2018 (-2.56%), 06 Mar 2018 (-2.7%), 25 Apr 2018 (-4.06%), 03 May 2018 (9.59%), 19 Jun 2018 (5.52%), 16 Jul 2018 (-4.67%), 17 Aug 2018 (-3.83%), 04 Sep 2018 (-4.39%), 07 Dec 2018 (-0.56%)
2017810 Feb 2017 (0.63%), 23 Mar 2017 (-1.99%), 10 Apr 2017 (-1.82%), 12 May 2017 (11.65%), 23 Jun 2017 (0.79%), 09 Aug 2017 (1.8%), 25 Sep 2017 (-1.34%), 10 Nov 2017 (-3.62%)
2016811 Jan 2016 (6.58%), 09 Feb 2016 (5.49%), 29 Mar 2016 (-3.13%), 05 Apr 2016 (-0.4%), 24 May 2016 (-3.02%), 13 Jun 2016 (0.97%), 26 Jul 2016 (-2.11%), 29 Sep 2016 (-4.03%)
20151106 Jan 2015 (-0.7%), 10 Feb 2015 (-4.87%), 09 Mar 2015 (0.94%), 20 Apr 2015 (4.21%), 05 Jun 2015 (1.84%), 10 Jul 2015 (-3.48%), 12 Aug 2015 (-2.76%), 21 Aug 2015 (8.08%), 16 Sep 2015 (-5.43%), 26 Oct 2015 (-4.47%), 03 Dec 2015 (3.64%)
2014707 Jan 2014 (19.71%), 27 Mar 2014 (-3.76%), 23 Apr 2014 (-4.64%), 10 Jul 2014 (-2.44%), 22 Jul 2014 (2.96%), 15 Sep 2014 (2.83%), 24 Nov 2014 (-1.9%)
20131116 Jan 2013 (-2.54%), 13 Feb 2013 (-0.92%), 20 Mar 2013 (-3.46%), 14 May 2013 (-3.1%), 24 May 2013 (-3.97%), 25 Jul 2013 (30.9%), 07 Oct 2013 (-4.0%), 24 Oct 2013 (2.65%), 13 Nov 2013 (-6.43%), 21 Nov 2013 (-6.07%), 12 Dec 2013 (2.53%)
2012910 Feb 2012 (-3.42%), 24 Feb 2012 (-3.35%), 23 Mar 2012 (1.62%), 23 Apr 2012 (35.23%), 19 Jul 2012 (8.52%), 12 Sep 2012 (-3.09%), 10 Oct 2012 (-4.27%), 11 Oct 2012 (20.52%), 18 Dec 2012 (-1.45%)
2011811 Jan 2011 (-4.84%), 31 Jan 2011 (14.94%), 18 Apr 2011 (18.38%), 27 Jul 2011 (-5.03%), 28 Sep 2011 (-3.25%), 20 Oct 2011 (-1.59%), 14 Nov 2011 (9.5%), 21 Dec 2011 (3.75%)
20101222 Jan 2010 (-0.18%), 26 Feb 2010 (-3.97%), 12 Mar 2010 (-2.16%), 31 Mar 2010 (-3.39%), 16 Apr 2010 (-3.59%), 04 May 2010 (0.03%), 08 Jun 2010 (-4.35%), 29 Jun 2010 (1.46%), 23 Jul 2010 (-1.43%), 27 Aug 2010 (-1.68%), 12 Nov 2010 (1.33%), 06 Dec 2010 (8.23%)
2009907 Jan 2009 (0.94%), 16 Feb 2009 (-6.87%), 17 Feb 2009 (2.32%), 28 Apr 2009 (-7.5%), 08 Jun 2009 (-9.32%), 10 Jul 2009 (-5.15%), 31 Jul 2009 (-7.67%), 09 Sep 2009 (-2.88%), 23 Nov 2009 (6.2%)
2008423 Jun 2008 (6.23%), 16 Jul 2008 (-7.41%), 28 Aug 2008 (-5.63%), 09 Sep 2008 (17.53%)



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