Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Algorithmic Trading for Cryptocurrencies

Class

Article

College

College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

Andrew Brim

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

This project takes several common strategies for algorithmic stock trading and tests them on the cryptocurrency market. The three strategies used are moving average crossover, mean reversion, and pairs trading. Data was collected every five minutes for the top one hundred cryptocurrencies starting October 5, 2017. Due to the high volatility of the market, the data includes various market situations. Three noted situations are a rising market, falling market, and relatively stable market. The three strategies were modified to optimally follow each market situation. Modifications include adjusting parameters used in each strategy as well as mixing several strategies or dynamically changing between strategies. In each strategy and with each cryptocurrency, the benchmark the algorithm is tested against is the market's performance, or what an investor would have after buying and holding. Returns are compared with the buying and holding strategy, and different scenarios are analyzed to determine the risk associated with buying and holding compared with an algorithmic strategy. Results will be taken with the market's actual trends and also with some alternate possible trends to test all market scenarios. A web interface will accompany the presentation, allowing users to test the strategies by entering their own parameters and instantly see the results.

Location

The North Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 4:15 PM

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Algorithmic Trading for Cryptocurrencies

The North Atrium

This project takes several common strategies for algorithmic stock trading and tests them on the cryptocurrency market. The three strategies used are moving average crossover, mean reversion, and pairs trading. Data was collected every five minutes for the top one hundred cryptocurrencies starting October 5, 2017. Due to the high volatility of the market, the data includes various market situations. Three noted situations are a rising market, falling market, and relatively stable market. The three strategies were modified to optimally follow each market situation. Modifications include adjusting parameters used in each strategy as well as mixing several strategies or dynamically changing between strategies. In each strategy and with each cryptocurrency, the benchmark the algorithm is tested against is the market's performance, or what an investor would have after buying and holding. Returns are compared with the buying and holding strategy, and different scenarios are analyzed to determine the risk associated with buying and holding compared with an algorithmic strategy. Results will be taken with the market's actual trends and also with some alternate possible trends to test all market scenarios. A web interface will accompany the presentation, allowing users to test the strategies by entering their own parameters and instantly see the results.