Timeframe correlation probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of correlation.
Trading uncorrelated assets will often be your first port of call. This is fine. On a small portfolio of passive strategies trading uncorrelated assets is most likely all that is needed.
But when you start to involve more active strategies trading multiple timeframes can add some excellent benefits. Trading uncorrelated assets is only ONE way to diversify a dynamic portfolio.
Timeframe correlation is something to not only be aware of but actively control.
Remember that a high correlation between assets can lead to increased risk. Timeframe correlation is no different, and this is what we’ll be diving into this time.
Should you trade every timeframe?
I wonder what we could do to provide an excellent visualisation of the timeframe correlation? How would we go about doing that? How about a heatmap?
We used a heatmap to illustrate the correlation between 40 different traceable assets on the Darwinex platform in a previous video. Let’s do the same thing for timeframe correlation. Let’s create a heatmap to give us a nice high-level overview of the situation.
One thing to consider with timeframe correlation is how you calculate the values. We need to adjust the way we get to the (R²) figure.
Previously, we first got each asset’s delta then used the delta to get the (R²) figure. We can’t do that with timeframes. Instead, We use the delta of returns of each strategy across a set period.
Quantify the timeframe correlation, don’t just guess it.
When you start looking into timeframe correlation, it’s a good idea to set parameters you feel comfortable with. You could have thresholds for low, medium and high. Then only consider using timeframes that fall into the low category.
So you’ll need to test this out yourself. You also may find that the same strategy on different assets provides different correlation across various timeframes.
It is always a good idea to perform these tasks on your own strategies and data. Each trader will have different levels they’re willing to accept.
You can follow the principles in ALL our videos and blogs and apply these to your own trading. That’s what it’s all about. Using the tools at your disposal and adapting them to suit how you trade, if needed.
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