Go ahead, time the market

8th Jan 2008: NIFTY closes at a lifetime high of 6,288. 27th Oct 2008: NIFTY closes at 2,524. Down 60% from the January high. Till date, this remains the largest drawdown in its history. What would a simple and implementable system that warned you to get out of the market before impending declines look like? Yes, I know. It can’t be done. All the “market timing does not work” literature categorically proves it. But isn’t the truism “Buy low, Sell high”, an attempt to time the market? So let’s consider this in the safe confines of an academic study and

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Brace for negative returns in 2018

Predicting stock markets is a futile exercise. You only need to compare historical predictions versus actual market movements to come to this conclusion. When bulge bracket investment banks and powerhouse economists with their multi-factor models of staggering complexity get them wrong more often than right, should the rest of us even bother trying to predict markets? No, we shouldn’t. At least not to time entries and exits. In preparing for battle, I have found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable – Dwight Eisenhower Replace “plans” with forecasts, “planning” with forecasting, and “indispensable” with “mildly useful”, and that’s how

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