Jamie Gritton's MI Backtester

Blender

Build an entire investment portfolio, with different fractions of the total allocated to different screens.

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General instructions

Run the tester over the specified range of years. Available data runs from 1986 through 2013 for most screens. You may start at any month of the year, but other than January can only run through 2012/2013.

Stocks are picked from the screens every holding period (between 1 and 120 months) and held for that period.

Instead of selecting from the available screens, you may choose to enter codes from any of the backtesters to create hybrid tests. Simply copy the link listed at the top of a run & paste into the form. Also see the backtester code guide.

$ initial investment
Fixed allocation
Add $ every months
Rebalance: never always
every months
$ commission, % spread
Short-term tax: %
Long-term tax: %
Pay taxes every:
Trade day(s) after rankings

Trading simulation

Start with an initial investment. You may also add more money periodically. You can also subtract from the portfolio by adding a negative amount.

Instead of adding or subtracting a fixed amount, you can elect to keep the portfolio at a fixed allocation. This is useful for testing costs without considering the effects of compounded growth, to see what your money might do this year.

Normally, the stocks held in a screen are rebalanced on every trade. You can also specify to never rebalance, which may allow one stock to dominate a screen as it grows, or rebalance at a fixed interval (which must be a multiple of the holding period).

You can pay a fixed commission (which is applied to every buy and sell) as well as a percentage spread (half applied on buy, half on sell).

Capital-gains taxes can be applied, both short-term and long-term. Taxes may be taken out on every trade, quarterly, or annually.

Screen rankings come out on Friday, and backtests are typically done with the closing prices on the next Monday, one day after the rankings. This lag between ranking and trading can be varied from zero days (trade on Friday) and upward.

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Rebalance blend: never always
every months

Blender instructions

Enter each screen to include in the blend, the percentage of the portfolio to allocate to that screen, and the holding period and ranks for the screen.

The component screens may have different holding periods; there is no single holding period for the blend itself. The years and start month of the blend will be used for all screens, regardless of what is specified for any screen.

If the trading simulator is being used, the rebalancing of the blend may be specified. By default, the allocation of the blend to its component screens is reset every year. You may specify any other time period, or always rebalance (i.e. every month), or never rebalance, allowing better-performing screens to dominate the portfolio. Only those screens which are trading on a given month will be brought into balance in the blend for that month.