Exchange-traded fund pair-trading strategies using autocorrelation-based mean reversion

ETF pair-trading strategies using autocorrelation-based mean reversion

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In this article, a simple mean reversion strategy is applied to both constituent shares of the S&P 100 index and the 100 most liquid exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In the first step, we form the pairs from two ETFs or two shares with the conditional correlation above the threshold of 0.8. This leaves us with pairs consisting of two instruments with similar recent behaviour. In the second step, we eliminate from the selection the pairs with the previous day’s normalised return smaller than one

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