Evidence on a New Stock Trading Rule that Produces Higher Returns with Lower Risk

Eric Latimer Prentis

Abstract


This new stock market trading rule uses three-steps to remove random unsystemic risk from stock price data to smooth volatility. Proving that a predetermined technical analysis relative maxima and minima trading rule for an S&P 500 Index portfolio substantially beats a naïve buy-and-hold policy, at significantly lower risk. Calling key theories in economics and finance into question. The relative maxima and minima trading rule succeeds because of market participants’ emotions. Investor fear and panic selling plunges stock prices downward below equity intrinsic values at market bottoms. Investor greed brings stock prices above equity intrinsic values at market tops. Empirical evidence—consisting of 81 years of data—confirms this conclusion.   


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International Journal of Economics and Finance  ISSN  1916-971X (Print) ISSN  1916-9728 (Online)

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