An Anatomy of Returns From Moving Average Trading Rules in the Russian Stock Market
Applied Economics Letters (2017), Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 311-318.
15 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2019
Date Written: August 27, 2016
This paper examines the profitability of index trading strategies that are based on dual moving average crossover (DMAC) rules in the Russian stock market over the 2003–2012 period. It contributes to the existing technical analysis (TA) literature by comparing for the first time in emerging markets the relative performance of individual stocks’ trading portfolios to that of trading strategies for the MICEX index that consists of the same stocks (i.e., the most liquid stocks of the Moscow Exchange).
The results show that the best trading strategies of the in-sample period can outperform their benchmark portfolios during the subsequent out-of-sample period, though the statistical significance of the outperformance is at its best weak. In addition, evidence of the benefits from using DMAC combinations that are much longer than those employed in previous TA literature is found. Moreover, the decomposition of the full-sample-period performance into separate bull- and bear-period performance shows that the outperformance of the best past index trading strategies over buy-and-hold strategy is mostly attributable to the fact that they managed to stay mostly out of the stock market during a huge crash caused by the global financial crisis.
Keywords: Technical analysis, Moving average, Ordered weighted average, Emerging Markets, Trading rules, Index trading, Market efficiency
JEL Classification: G11, G14, G17
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