DP10018 Forty Years, Thirty Currencies and 21,000 Trading Rules: A Large-scale, Data-Snooping Robust Analysis of Technical Trading in the Foreign Exchange Market

Author(s): Po-Hsuan Hsu, Mark P Taylor
Publication Date: June 2014
Keyword(s): data-snooping bias, Foreign exchange, technical analysis, trading rules
JEL(s): C53, F31, G15
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics, Financial Economics
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We carry out a large-scale investigation of technical trading rules in the foreign exchange market, using daily data over a maximum of forty years for thirty developed and emerging market currencies. Employing a stepwise test to safeguard against data-snooping bias and examining over 21,000 technical trading rules, we find evidence of substantial predictability in both developed and emerging markets, measured against a variety of returns and risk-adjusted performance metrics. We present time-series and cross-sectional variation in sub-periods and cultural and/or geographic groups, respectively, suggesting that temporarily not-fully-rational behavior and market immaturity lead to technical predictability and potential profitability.