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What Would You Prefer?

I have been spending some more time playing with the data set below which I looked at last week within the context of long term returns for the All Ordinaries.


One of the issues that is difficult for traders to come to grips with is the lumpiness of returns that are generated by trading systems. I dont know of any trading system that generates regular returns aside from much touted option writing systems and these generally lead to traders suffering from the old maxim of eating like birds and shitting like elephants. Using the returns above I decided to look at the difference between a system that had the above returns and one which every year simply generated the average market return of 9.8%. The results for such a system can be seen in the table below.

100 table

As you can see it takes a good two decades before any serious differential appears but once it does appear it becomes extreme.

However, table doesn’t quite convey the magnitude of the difference between accepting a given flt return each year and the returns generated by the lumpiness of the market so I decided to graph the returns. I have had to graph them separately because of the disparity in values between the two systems.


In simple terms these graphs ask the question – do you want to be rich or comfortable?



WHEN HRISTOS DOUCOULIAGOS was a young economist in the mid-1990s, he got interested in all the ways economics was wrong about itself—bias, underpowered research, statistical shenanigans. Nobody wanted to hear it. “I’d go to seminars and people would say, ‘You’ll never get this published,’” Doucouliagos, now at Deakin University in Australia, says. “They’d say, ‘this is bordering on libel.’”

Now, though? “The norms have changed,” Doucouliagos says. “People are interested in this, and interested in the science.” He should know—he’s one of the reasons why. In the October issue of the prestigious Economic Journal, a paper he co-authored is the centerpiece among a half-dozen papers on the topic of economics’ own private replication crisis, a variation of the one hitting disciplines from psychology to chemistry to neuroscience.

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All Ordinaries Distribution Of Returns

I have been having a bit of a play with the All Ordinaries yearly returns since 1901 and I cobbled together the table below which I have coloured red and blue. Red is those years where the return is below the average of 9.8% and blue is those years of above average return.


What is interesting to me is that there have only been 41 years of below average returns – the clear majority of returns are above average. This once again demonstrates the interesting upward bias within the index. Allied to this is the extreme over correction in the market following a series of down years (bear market). Following down years the market springs back with above average gains.

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