Performance of Technical Trading Rules: Evidence from the Crude Oil Market
The European Journal of Finance, Volume 25, Issue 17, pp. 1793-1815, September 2019, DOI: 10.1080/1351847X.2018.1552172 (Previously, it was entitled "Technical Trading, False Discoveries and Familywise Errors: The Case of Crude Oil")
54 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2016 Last revised: 24 Sep 2019
Date Written: December 5, 2018
This study investigates the debatable success of technical trading rules, through the years, on the trending energy market of crude oil. In particular, the large universe of 7846 trading rules proposed by Sullivan et al. (1999), divided into five families (filter rules, moving averages, support and resistance rules, channel breakouts, and on-balance volume averages), is applied to the daily prices of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light, sweet crude oil futures as well as the United States Oil (USO) fund, from 2006 onwards. We employ the k-familywise error rate (k-FWER) and false discovery rate (FDR) techniques proposed by Romano and Wolf (2007) and Bajgrowicz and Scaillet (2012) respectively, accounting for data snooping in order to identify significantly profitable trading strategies. Our findings explain that there is no persistent nature in rules performance, contrary to the in-sample outstanding results, although tiny profits can be achieved in some periods. Overall, our results seem to be in favor of interim market inefficiencies.
Keywords: Crude Oil; Technical Trading; Data Snooping; Transaction Costs; Persistence; Market Efficiency
JEL Classification: C12, C15, G11, G14
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