CBOE – Social Market Analytics SMLCW Index significantly outperforms.

Social Market Analytics aggregates the intentions of professional investors as expressed on Twitter.  SMA factors are highly predictive over various time frames.  In June of 2017 Social Market Analytics launched a weekly re-balanced large cap sentiment based index.  This index is comprised of twenty-five stocks with the highest average Twitter sentiment over the prior week selected and re-balanced Friday afternoons from the CBOE Large Cap 450 Index.  This index has been published daily since that date and is available on all major feeds.

Last year the SP500 Index had a return of -8.4%.  The CBOE SMLC Index had a return of +.87%.  Below is a comparative return chart over the last year compared to the SP500.

For more information or to license this index please contact us at ContactUs@SocialMarketAnalytics.com

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Social Market Analytics Sentiment Data for Forex Trading

Social Market Analytics (SMA)  provides real-time sentiment data for equities (North America & LSE), commodities, foreign exchange, Crypto Currencies and ETF’s.

In this blog I am going to explore a trading system using the SMA Twitter based sentiment data to trade a basket of: EURUSD, EURGBP, GBPJPY, GBPUSD ,USDCAD ,USDCHF ,USDJPY.

We will explore two straight forward trading systems:

  • Forex Sentiment RSI: Daily Long/Short Strategy
  • SMA S-Score Based Currency Selection Model

RSI Calculation Methodology 

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This strategy is a single-factor model solely based on adjusting daily weights according to 3-Day Sentiment RSI on the 7 of the highest daily volume Forex pairs. It is long-short with the assumption that tails act with similar magnitude.

  • Long/Short
    1. RSI >= 50, Long
    2. RSI < 50, Short
  • 50% Long & 50% Short Asset Allocation
    1. Long weights are calculated using only longs
    2. Short weights are calculated using only shorts
  • Daily weight adjusted following:
    1. separately for the long side and the short side

 

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The strategy significantly improves returns compared to an equal weighted baseline.  Sharpe and Sortino ratios are statistically significant:

  • Sharpe Ratio:
    • 2.77 Jan 03, 2017 to July 19, 2018
    • 3.40 YTD
  • Sortino Ratio:
    • 5.40 Jan 03, 2017 to July 19, 2018
    • 7.46 YTD

The volatility of each leg of the strategy is either kept stable or decreased in comparison with the baseline.

SMA S-Score Based Currency Selection Model

This daily trading strategy is based on the S-Score at 09:10:00 EST and executing a 24-hour hold based on these values at 09:15:00 EST. We find consistency across execution times.  The goal is to assess sentiment and take make a directional trade in agreeance, given that the sentiment falls at least 1 standard deviation from the 20-day mean.

Equal weighted based on standard deviation criteria:

– Long: S-Score > 1

– Short: S-Score < -1

– Baseline: Equal Weighted Portfolio of the 7 Currency pair

Long and short legs are capped at 50% of the daily portfolio, even on the occurrence of an outlier day where all pairs are long, or all pairs are short.

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The strategy drastically improves returns compared an equal weighted baseline.  Up to 40% cumulative over a 19-month period with a consistent annual rate of return.

  • Sharpe Ratio:
    • 2.56 Jan 03, 2017 to July 19, 2018
    • 3.56 YTD
  • Sortino Ratio:
    • 4.93 Jan 03, 2017 to July 19, 2018
    • 7.72 YTD

These are straight forward strategies that illustrate the predictive nature of our dataset.  Twitter and StockTwits based factors.  To learn more about how Social Market Analytics sentiment data can help your trading please contact us at contactus@Socialmarketanalytics.com or Doug Hopkins @ (312) 788-2621.

 

UIUC Bitcoin Trading System Practicum Presentation

Every year Social Market Analytics (SMA) is proud to work with the University of Illinois Masters of Science in Financial Engineering Students on a practicum project. In the past we have explored looking at sentiment to predict the VIX, enhancements to traditional indexes and smart beta ETF’s. This year we decided to tackle the most popular topic of the last year – Bitcoin Trading!   We worked with RCM Capital’s Strategy Studio Platform for back testing to develop a Bitcoin trading strategy combining price momentum with sentiment to keep you in the market when Bitcoin is trading up and minimizing draw downs when Bitcoin retreats as it did in early 2018.

Social Market Analytics tracks sentiment on the top 275 market cap currencies, the below Bitcoin strategy performs similarly on other Crypto currencies.

The students did a wonderful job in strategy construction and explanation.  I will undoubtedly leave something important out.  ContactUs@SocialMarketAnalytics.com for details.

At it’s core the strategy buys on a price breakout with a sentiment confirmation.  Exit when price breaks down and is confirmed with sentiment.  Buy when the price crosses above (K) standard deviations over a 21 day moving average of price.  Variable K ranged from .5 to 2. Results shown use a .5 standard deviation multiplier.  Strategy visualization is below.

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Your first trigger is a breakout above K- Standard deviations of the 21 day moving average.

The confirming signal is based on the Social Market analytics S-Score value.  S-Score is a normalized representation of Bitcoin’s Sentiment time series over a look back period and is updated every minute.  It measures the tone of the conversation on Twitter relative to the benchmark time period.  If Bitcoin is breaking out and the sentiment is 2 standard deviations more positive than normal you initiate or add to your position by 50%.  If the conversation is 1 standard deviation more positive than normal  increase the position 25%.  If the standard deviation price break out is not confirmed by sentiment then no position change.

There was no short position initiated with futures.  Exit criteria are opposite entry criteria.  Price break below K – Standard deviations below a moving average. Confirmation with S-Score.

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Dollar P/L results indicated this portfolio successfully navigates the the bitcoin draw down of early 2018.   2018 in isolation is below.

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Overall performance with Buy & Hold Bitcoin comparison.

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Sharpe ratio and draw down improve dramatically with the momentum and sentiment confirmation.

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Again, please ContactUs@SocialMarketAnalytics.com for more information on our offerings.

Thanks again to the University of Illinois MSFE students and RCM  Capital Markets for contributing to this project.

Regards,

Joe

 

 

 

Social Market Analytics Now Has Six Years of Out-Of-Sample History!

Social Market Analytics, Inc. (SMA) is celebrating six years of out-of-sample data in US Equities.   This data is unique in that it is a true representation of the Twitter conversation at each historical point-in-time.

Since our launch, SMA has become a leader in providing sentiment data feeds to the financial community.  Our data has become an integral part of our customers investment process.  Our customers are Quantitative Trading Firms, Hedge Funds, Sell Side Brokers, Traders and many others. SMA data is suitable for HFT, Quantitative Trading, Risk, Short Lending, Smart Beta, Fama-French Models, VAR among others.  Predictive signals range from a few minutes to quarterly.

SMA’s analytics generate high-signal data streams based on the intentions of market professionals.  Our patented machine learning process has produced six years of strongly predictive data as illustrated in the chart below.  This chart illustrates the subsequent performance of stocks based on pre-market open (9:10 am Eastern) sentiment scores.  Stocks with high sentiment subsequently out perform as illustrated by the Green line.  Stocks with strong negative sentiment go on to under perform as evidenced by the red line.  The blue line represents a theoretical equally weighted long short portfolio.  The table below illustrates Sharpe and Sortino ratios.

 

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Joe Gits talks Twitter at CBOE’s Risk Management Conference

Joe Gits, CEO of Social Market Analytics, recently spoke at the 34th annual CBOE Risk Management Conference.

Gits spoke at RMC about SMA’s patented technology, the Social Sentiment Engine, and Twitter’s relevance in financial markets.

Hosted by the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the RMC is an educational forum dedicated to exploring the latest products, trading strategies and tactics used to manage risk exposure and enhance yields. The RMC is the foremost financial industry conference designed for institutional users of equity derivatives and volatility products.

 

Decile Spreads for Twitter & StockTwits

Today I will explore decile groupings based on S-Scores, and  plot cumulative subsequent returns. We typically focus on an S-Score > 2 for subsequent positive movements in stock prices, and an S-Score < -2 for negative movements in stock price.

Our metrics identify when a conversation becomes significantly more positive or negative than normal.  Most stocks have normal conversations on any given day.  On these days there are other factors driving the security. “Normal” conversation securities will typically follow the market, as you see in the SMA data set.  High sentiment out-performs and low sentiment under-performs,  Open to Close, and Close to Close, across Twitter and StockTwits.

The only filter we add is that the prior day’s closing price must be above $5, to avoid penny stocks.  Total return time series are used for returns, and time series are equal weighted.

The first chart illustrates subsequent Open to Close returns based on S-Score deciles at 9:10 a.m. Eastern time. As you can see, the deciles are in order with top decile securities out-performing and bottom decile securities under-performing.  SPY is represented by the black line and the universe is blue.

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Pre-Market Close deciles are below.  S-Scores are taken at 3:40 p.m. Eastern and Close to Close returns are calculated.  Again, high S-Score securities out-perform and low S-Score securities under-perform, with the universe in the middle.

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StockTwits is the largest chat community for active traders.  Its users are professional traders discussing long and short positions. The below chart looks at S-Score decile returns based on StockTwits conversations.

Data is consistent across deciles.  A unique characteristic of the StockTwits feed is that there are significant short conversations.  The lowest two deciles have negative returns.  This is a function of the StockTwits community being able to short securities by direct short selling or taking net short options positions.

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Pre-market close deciles are below.

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To learn more about Social Market Analytics and the products we offer please visit our website, or contact us here.

Thanks,

Joe

SMA Predicts Brexit Two Weeks Before The Vote

People seem surprised that Britain voted to exit the EU.  We at SMA with our partners the CBOE are not nearly as surprised as everyone else.  Russell Rhoads from the CBOE has been blogging and Tweeting with SMA data for two weeks that it looks like the Brexit is going to happen.  Let’s look at the timeline.  Again, this is not a post analysis, these Tweets were out there 2 weeks ago!

Brexit Post on June 8, 2016:

Russell Rhoads, from CBOE wrote a blog about Brexit using the using SSE, the results indicated that an Exit is going to be the result of the vote.

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The update from our partners at CBOE talked about the huge increase in Twitter volume about #brexit. One of the key observations was the #VoteLeave campaign had gained far more popularity than the remain campaign. To everyone who was looking, Twitter had shown the signs of a British Exit.

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The final post on June 22 talked about strong social media indicators towards the exit. The #VoteLeave campaign has dwarfed the conversations of every other opinion, including the BBC debate. The prediction turned out to be true.

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Twitter is the premier leading source of information and SMA can help you make sense of it.  Please contact SMA for more information at contactus@socialmarketanalytics.com