Statistics 5-2020 – Bladerunner Edition
I don’t know about you but the older I get the faster time seems to pass by. I remember back as a little brat in Austria when I opened that first door on my Christmas calendar in eager anticipation of getting my grubby little hands on a mountain of new toys and other useless gimmicks a little over three weeks later. The time in between felt like an eternity to me and I impatiently counted every single day.
Now a few decades later I just remember wishing you a happy new year not so long ago. And somehow here we are already – in the final week of January. Before I know it it’s going to be spring again and the craziness of Las Fallas will be forcing us to skip town for a quiet hide-away in the Spanish countryside.
Another avid reminder of time passing are the roll over of futures contracts. I was updating my list of futures contracts last night and something occurred to me. I may be dating myself here but some of you may remember watching SciFi movies with plots taking place in the ‘distant future’ around 2000 or perhaps 2020?
Around 1982 as a young teen I was completely blown away by the movie Bladerunner which depicts a dystopian future taking place … last year! That’s right the original Bladerunner storyline released in 1982 takes place in November 2019.
Well, that’s two months ago now. Although I wouldn’t say that Los Angeles has avoided its dystopian fate completely, it’s a far cry from the dark industrial sprawl Ridley Scott was imagining.
He was right about the multi-lingual part, but instead of flying cars we got flying drones delivering Amazon packages. I guess we got lucky on that end. I for one wouldn’t want to look up in the sky and see it filled with flying vehicles buzzing around.
Ridley was also wrong about the ‘tears in the rain’ part – obviously it never rains in Los Angeles 😉
Statistics For Week #5
Let’s start with the Sharpe ratio which ranks as the 2nd strongest in January at 0.21. That’s a good start!
Mean weekly % positive however only sits at 55% which is barely above a coin-flip. Which brings us to volatility:
Well, if there are swings they aren’t huge – standard deviation is a bit elevated but pretty close to the median.
SKEW is almost flatlining at -0.09. Let’s just call it a normal distribution, folks.
Yup, that’s as normal as she gets. No crazy SKEW here with a nice big spike right at zero.
The historical % change chart sheds a bit more light on what’s going on and it’s slightly concerning. Although the distribution between winners and losers seem pretty equal we are seeing a slight shift toward the negative over the past decade or so.
Given the above I suggest to keep a low profile and not to make any big directional bets, especially given that we are running far outside of any technical context in equities.
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