Social Media and Smart Beta

Smart Beta Sentiment Enhanced ETF Performance Analysis

At SMA we continuously research our data.  Below we discuss modifying weights of the SPDR SPY ETF based on sentiment values and examine the impact on return.  Please contact SMA (info@SocialMarketAnalytics.com) to learn more.

The SPDR SPY ETF is a cap-weighted ETF which closely replicates the performance of the S&P 500. Our objective is to develop a “smart beta” strategy using the social media sentiment levels of individuals ETF constituents and amplify or accentuate the weights of the constituents in the ETF while keeping the Assets under Management constant. The transaction cost assumption is ignored for both the original and the enhanced ETF.

One of the strategies explored was looking at the sentiment levels an hour before the close (2:55 PM Eastern Time) and re-balancing the weights according to that. The stocks were bought or sold (to reduce position as per new weight only, NO short selling) at the close of the day and the positions were maintained until the next day when the re-balancing was performed again. To explore the weight modification methodology please contact SMA.

Our re-balance strategy keeps the AUM constant with no need for additional funds. Another strategy explored was to use a “lagged” sentiment. The lag being a day. So, for adjusting the weights today, we looked at the sentiment at 2:55 PM yesterday, and changed the positions based on that.

The results for the cumulative returns calculated over the period extending 7/31/2013-8/31/2015 are summarized below.  Chart 1 shows the cumulative returns over the period for the “Original” which calculates fund returns using positions and closing price data. The “500% PM” makes the calculations using enhanced weights based on the pre-close sentiment. The “500% PM Lagged” has enhanced performance using pre-close sentiment from previous (trading) day.

Chart 2 shows the cumulative out performance, for the 2 “smart beta” strategies.  As you can see both strategies track the SPDR SPY ETF while outperforming performance.  You see the benefit of adding sentiment to your calculation process without increasing risk.

Chart1

Chart2

This is preliminary research we will be enhancing and updating over the coming weeks.

Regards,

SMA

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Social Market Analytics Visualization Tools

Social Market Analytics has been offering API access to our data since inception. Fewer people know we also offer powerful visualization and screening tools.  We offer two ways to access our data without programming.

First, we have a robust Excel Add-in that allows for Real-Time screening and historical retrieval.  This functionality is ideal for integrating sentiment data into Excel based research platforms.  You can screen for user defined pricing and sentiment criteria or upload a watch list and monitor sentiment activity on these securities in real-time.

Add-In

The SMA Sentiment Dashboard is a real-time visual representation of sentiment changes for the entire universe or your watch list.  the below screen provides a real-time view of stocks with large changes is social media.  Users can set criteria for filtering for the most relevant securities.

Dashboard1

The dashboard tracks sentiment for Stocks, commodities, currencies, indexes, sectors and industries. Below is an illustration of industry level sentiment.

Industry

In, addition users can set screening criteria for real-time alerting by email, text or private Tweet.   Alerts can be specified for individual securities, watch list of securities or the entire universe.

ExistingAlerts

These are just some of the visualization tools SMA offers.  For a full demonstration of trial contact us at Sales@SocialMarketAnalytics.com

Thanks,

SMA