Moving Average Trading Rules for NASDAQ Composite Index

Chien-Ping Chen

Abstract

This paper tests a few moving average technical trading rules for the NASDAQ Composite and Goldman Sack commodity indexes from 1972 to 2015. Our results indicate that moving average rules do exhibit strong predictive power for NADSAQ composite index but much weaker predictive power for GSCI. Can a trader use this predictive to beat the B&H strategy? We show that MA-100 days could most of the time make an abnormal profit in the case of NASDAQ composite index by considering both transaction costs and risk. 

Keywords

moving average, trading rules, abnormal profit, market efficiency, transaction costs

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