How to select the two legs of a pair trading?

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yoyo2000
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How to select the two legs of a pair trading?

Post by yoyo2000 » Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:26 am

Someone here trades commodity pair/spread ?
I'm interested in pair.spread trading of commodity,but the ways I got about how to select two legs for trading pair/spread in commodity are all by subjective/fundemantal judgement,it seems that there is no way to do so mechanically ?

For example,in the case of intra market pair trading,how to select two months among all the cu contracts ?

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Post by PTCM » Sun Jun 11, 2006 1:56 am

1) you need to identify a group of stocks in the same sector

2) you select two stocks that you think are highlycorrelated and you back-test them.

2-3 standard deviation out for entry and very discretionary for exit rules....

Normally you need to run many many pairs just to survive and from time to time, some of them will blow up and your equity curve will look terrible.

DE Shaw was very good at it...

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Post by PTCM » Sun Jun 11, 2006 2:19 am

I've never done it in commodities. This kind of inter market pairs trades are not commonly traded .....I belive Joe Ross was in it for a while

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Post by yoyo2000 » Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:30 pm

I'v read joe ross' book,Trading Spreads and Seasonal,it explains the theory,introduces seasonality for pair trading,I learnt much from his book,but still says nothing about the issue of my post here.

Could you tell me how to get his email?maybe it's a good idea to send him an email for this question.

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Post by PTCM » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:57 am

yoyo2000 wrote:I'v read joe ross' book,Trading Spreads and Seasonal,it explains the theory,introduces seasonality for pair trading,I learnt much from his book,but still says nothing about the issue of my post here.

Could you tell me how to get his email?maybe it's a good idea to send him an email for this question.

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http://www.tradingeducators.com/books.htm

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