Death Cross on the S&P TSX Composite?
The TSX is awefully close to a Death cross signal (50 day simple moving average crossing the 200 day moving average from above i.e. 50 day average is less than 200 day average)…
I think we are bound to get a death cross within the next week… the TSX is about 300 points away to signal the death cross as of yesterday’s close.
How good is the Death Cross signal? To answer this I looked at all the historical data I could get and analyzed the returns based on Short Selling at close on the day of Death Cross and covering and going Long at the next Golden cross (50 day SMA crosses 200 day SMA from below)
I understand 10 years is a small sample but it is better than nothing :)
If you only traded on the Death Cross & Golden Cross from the first signal in Nov 2000 you would be way ahead of the market for the analyzed period analyzed… hell, you would be better off just going long and sitting out until a Golden cross is recognized!
On the other hand, the Death Cross is only good half the time where as the golden cross is only good 4 out of 10 times BUT provides a better return than the death cross…
|Total||Death Cross||Golden Cross|
|Short Trade||Long Trade|
|% Winning Trades||45%||50%||40%|
|Largest Winning Trade||56.8%||20.5%||56.8%|
|Largest Losing Trade||-7.7%||-7.1%||-7.7%|
|Cumulative Compounded Return||125.0%||25.8%||78.9%|
|Buy & Hold Return||30%|
(If you know where I can get historical data beyond 2000, please let me know)
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