Does the S&P 500 Cheat?
Introduction The S&P 500 has performed spectacularly over the last seven years. So spectacularly, in fact, that some find its performance hard to believe. Are the stocks that make up the S&P being cherry-picked to only show the most successful performers? If the contents of this benchmark are not selected organically, its usefulness is suspect.…
   May 15, 2019    0   ,
O’Shaughnessy’s screen focuses on low-cost tickers with small market caps. His reasoning goes that, as small as these companies are, most analysts ignore them. This lack of attention suggests that there quite a few diamonds in the rough within microcap stocks. Is he right?
   March 26, 2019    2
Does Making Money Matter?
A common theory is that a company making money will outperform a company that doesn’t. Is that really true? I am here today to test how companies that make negative money or no money do compared against the S&P 500. The graph to the right shows a screener with companies not making money in green and the S&P 500 in brown.…
   March 15, 2019    0
Tyler has worked with us for about 4 years: doing anything that needed doing. From testing (tedious but critical) to creating new strategies that manage risk and optimize returns, to writing articles (137 of them!), handling customer issues and more. He has also created much of the course work that students use to learn investing, including the Equities Lab 101 course on every account.…
   February 11, 2019    0
After four years it is now time for me to move onto the next chapter. My time here at Equities Lab has been fantastic, and I’ll still be around posting articles here and there. But before then I’d like to summarize my experiences here in this article. Since I was first introduced to finance when I was 13, it is something that has always interested me.…
   January 31, 2019    0
The Gordon Growth Model
The Gordon Growth model is an offshoot of the standard dividend discount model. This model is used primarily to calculate the intrinsic value of a firm based on the discounted value of future dividends. The Equation At a basic level the Gordon Growth Model is calculated by: P = D1 / r-g P = The intrinsic price you should pay for the firm D1 = The dividend for the next period R = The current discount rate, for our purposes we will use the CAPM for this G = Is the dividend growth rate Applying the Gordon Growth Model So,
   October 23, 2018    0
CAPM Explained
CAPM – Capital Asset Pricing Model The CAPM is a staple of most every finance course that focuses on the valuation of equity investments. And though it may be a very good way to begin the process of teaching students how to effectively analyze securities there are a lot of assumptions that make it very difficult to use in a real world setting.…
   October 16, 2018    0
Equities Lab Learn how to benchmark your strategy versus various benchmarks, ranging from indexes, to stocks and other strategies. Imagine you have a large cap screen Cutting to the chase, imagine you have a simple screen that finds reasonable large cap companies.  That screen is literally “import ohlson_o_score < -3 and mc > 10b” Click on “® B 9” ” src=”https://www.equitieslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/e59du_2.jpg” />       Click on “I Trading Rules” ” src=”https://www.equitieslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/e59du_5.jpg” />   Click on “S&P 500” ” src=”https://www.equitieslab.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/e59du_6.jpg” />   Add AAPL for a tough benchmark.…
   October 5, 2018    Comments Off on Changing the Benchmark
Apple just released a new phone, should I buy into their stock now since there will be an influx of sales? The gut reaction I, and many other people within the industry have, is that the future sales are already baked into the share price. That said, this is a very testable idea, so let's actually put it to the test. Apple just released a new phone, should I buy into their stock now since there will be an influx of sales? The gut reaction I, and many other people within the industry have, is that the future sales are already baked into the share price. That said, this is a very testable idea, so let's actually put it to the test.
Whenever I’m speaking to people about AAPL they tend to ask the same question. Apple just released a new phone, should I buy into their stock now since there will be an influx of sales? The gut reaction I, and many other people within the industry have, is that the future sales are already baked into the share price.…
   September 19, 2018    0
This article pits Equities Lab and Gurufocus against each other, to determine which one deserves the individual investor's loyalty. This is simple, once the criteria for a "good" backtesting tool is specified.
 This article pits Equities Lab and Gurufocus against each other, to determine which one deserves the individual investor’s loyalty. This is simple, once the criteria for a “good” backtesting tool is specified.  Investopedia.com states that backtesting is “the process of testing a trading strategy on relevant historical data to ensure its viability before the trader risk any actual capital.…
   August 15, 2018    2
Blockchain is essentially the technological architecture that supports Bitcoin, but it holds far more potential than just that. Many people deem the mastermind behind this term to be Satoshi Nakomoto, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin. However, if you look into the original white paper the words "block" and "chain" are never conjoined but used separately, then later popularized.
With all the hype surrounding Bitcoin in recent years due to price fluctuations, it’s been hard to ignore. You hear about it on business news, you read about it on your Twitter feed, and then you hear the word “blockchain”. Blockchain is essentially the technological architecture that supports Bitcoin, but it holds far more potential than just that.…
   December 4, 2018    0
Why Death Crosses Don't Work
OK, what is a death cross, and what do I mean by “it doesn’t work”? A death cross is a (very) vivid name for a short term moving average slipping below a longer term moving average.  Technical analysts love to sell when they see death crosses, and buy when they see golden crosses.…
   June 20, 2018    0
Short-term reversal
Quantpedia Strategies As I was recently looking around at other quantitative firms, I happened across Quantpedia. In the past we’ve spoken to Quantpedia and are actually featured on their website. However, this time around I was taking a look in their screener section and came across the “F-score and Equity short-term reversals”.…
   June 6, 2018    0
With the recent price increase in the services provided by Portfolio123, it has come to light that many users of their service may be looking for alternatives. We've been getting a number of calls these past couple of days from disgruntled users, and we have decided to write out the comparisons between Portfolio123 and Equities Lab here.
Portfolio123 has increased their prices, is it time to change? With the recent price increase in the services provided by Portfolio123, it has come to light that many users of their service may be looking for alternatives. We’ve been getting a number of calls these past couple of days from disgruntled users, and we have decided to write out the comparisons between Portfolio123 and Equities Lab here.…
   May 18, 2018    0
To figure out which of these methods fit our investing needs, we first need to understand exactly what they are
What is Active and Passive Investing? To figure out which of these methods fit our investing needs, we first need to understand exactly what they are. Passive investing is assuming that the general market is efficient and that picking your own companies is pointless. Investments typically come in the form of index funds. …
   April 24, 2018    0
This how-to shows how to create a strategy in Equities Lab, and how to do some basic analysis of it. For humor value, we take the point of view of a children's book character, named Amelia Bedelia, who has no common sense. We have all felt this way some times.
This how-to shows how to create a strategy in Equities Lab, and how to do some basic analysis of it. For humor value, we take the point of view of a children’s book character, named Amelia Bedelia, who has no common sense. We have all felt this way sometimes. Create A Screener A quantitative mutual fund is a screener.  …
   March 2, 2018    Comments Off on The Amelia Bedelia Mutual Fund   , , , , ,
Using Monte Carlo with Piotroski
Henry Crutcher How to analyze a factor without ranking in Equities Lab Create a screen Everything starts with creating a screen.  So, onward! Name your screen Screeners with names can be found later.  If you want to put your screens into categories, simply put MyCoolCategory: at the front. Limit your stocks You can type “Market Cap > 500m” here.  …
   March 26, 2018    Comments Off on How To Use Monte Carlo With The Piotroski Score   
 When investing, for every fairy tale stock like an Amazon(AMZN) or Nvidia(NVDA), there’s an equally disastrous stock like MoSys(MOSY) or Gevo (GEVO). To avoid getting into stocks like these, it’s important to look at their failures and analyze them to avoid getting into the next potential train wreck of a stock
Should you be Scared of the Dow’s 1700 point drop?On the fifth of February 2018 the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw its largest single day drop in history. This drop coming off a market sell-off at the end of January has caused many investors to call for the start of a bear market.…
Importing Assignments - University Series
Sometimes it’s better to not reinvent the wheel. A number of our existing professors have allowed a few of their class homework assignments to be publicly available to other professors. You can import these assignments into your Equities Lab class environment and either use them as-is or change them to follow your syllabus.…
   January 23, 2018    Comments Off on Importing Assignments – University Series   
Testing your Equities Lab homework assignments
Not all assignments are created equal. Courses get more difficult as time goes on, and as you push your students to not only understand the material but also implement what they’ve learned into real-world simulations, some homeworks may become too complex for the standard user to successfully complete. In order to combat this, we allow professors like you to try the homework assignments before they are assigned.…
   January 23, 2018    Comments Off on Testing your Equities Lab homework assignments – University Series