Predictability of the Simple Technical Trading Rules: An Out-of-Sample Test
29 Pages Posted: 25 May 2012 Last revised: 14 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 13, 2012
In a true out of sample test we find no evidence that several well-known technical trading strategies predict stock markets over the period of 1987 to 2011. Our test is free of the sample selection bias, data mining, hindsight bias, or any of the other usual biases that may affect results in our field. We use the exact same technical trading rules that Brock, Lakonishok and LeBaron (1992) showed to work best in their historical sample. Further analysis shows that this poor out-of-sample performance most likely is not due to the market becoming more efficient - instantaneously or gradually over time - but probably a result of bias.
Keywords: Technical Analysis, Return Predictability, Out-of-Sample Test
JEL Classification: G10, E20
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