EXAMPLE PAIR TRADE OF THE MONTH SEPT 2020

LCI Industries Inc. (LCII:NYSE) vs. Polaris Inc. (PII:NYSE)

September was a good month for the signals generated by the August 2020 Vintage of our Top 30.   As an example pair trade, we want to drill down on a pair that has consistently delivered profitable trades over the last year, that of LCI Industries Inc. (LCII:NYSE) vs. Polaris Inc. (PII:NYSE).  The latest trade called on the pair didn’t disappoint, delivering $578 Net Profit and a 15% return on margin in 4 days.  Here is a detailed trade entry and exit analysis for this example pair trade:

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Backtest Results:

In backtesting over the three years prior to 24 August 2020, cointegrated and correlated stock pair LCII/PII delivered 10 closed trades, a 90% win rate, an average net profit per trade of $454, and over $4,500 in total profits:

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Actual Trading Result

In actual trading, LCII/PII called an Entry Signal EOD on 1 September 2020 at a -2.74sd. The trade exited on 8 September 2020, three days later at a -0.48sd, delivering a $578 Net Profit and a 15% return on margin! (assumes $10,000/leg trade size and 5:1 CFD margin, illustrative):

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PairTrade Finder®’s Top 30 U.S. Equities Pairs & Example Pair Trade Signals

We analyse over 1,800 U.S. equities to find you the best stock pairs for you to trade. We update this analysis on a quarterly basis to ensure these pairs stay fresh and their correlations and cointegrations strong to offer you the highest-probability setups. All pairs must meet strict profitability and robustness measures as follows:

  • USA Exchange-traded (NYSE/NASDAQ/AMEX): > than $2 bln mkt cap (most much larger), > $2 million/day of average daily traded volume($), easy-to-borrow
  • Similar fundamentals: same national market, same sector, usually same industry sub group. Preference for beta-similar, market-cap-similar pairs
  • Backtested with a +/-2.5 standard deviation Entry Stretch, +/-0.8 standard deviation Exit Stretch on the Core Ratio of the pair’s share prices
  • Three-year backtest lookback period, 63 day (one trading quarter) Standard Deviation, Ratio and Stretch lookback settings
  • COINTEGRATION: We use the Augmented Dicky Fuller test for co-integration and select only pairs with a p-value of 0.10 or less over the 3 year period
  • CORRELATION: of minimum 50%, preferably higher. Lower correlation can be tolerated if pair is strongly cointegrated and scores highly on all other criteria
  • Minimum Average Profit per Trade of $300, preferably $400+
  • Compound Annual Growth Rate of Net Profits for each pair preferably in excess of Maximum Drawdown % i.e. positive reward/risk
  • Maximum historic drawdown < 20%, preferably <15% (before leverage)
  • Win Rate at least 70%
  • Maximum Days in Trade of 40 days. This setting represents our time stop. Average days per trade is around 12-15 days

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