Optimizing a Trading Strategy without Backtesting the Alpha

Using a Synthetic Alpha to Remove the Composite Hypothesis Problem

Backtesting, Alphas and Trading Strategies

For quants, trading is the process of repetitively taking positions in the markets as a function of information known about the future distribution of the returns of an asset. In the process of analyzing this, I generally draw a distinction between:

  1. alphas, which is formally the expected mean of…



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store