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Benchmarking with FX assets

How to benchmark a FX backtest against any of the available FX assets e.g. CHFUSD (or a basket of them)?

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Hi Kamer.

You can use SetBenchmark() in the method Initialize() for a single FX asset:

# Use AUD/USD as benchmark
self.SetBenchmark("AUDUSD")

Alternatively, you can plot a custom benchmark using a Chart:

### In Inititalize()
# Create a plot
pricePlot = Chart("Portfolio benchmark")
pricePlot.AddSeries(Series("Value", SeriesType.Line, 0))
self.AddChart(pricePlot)

### In OnData()
# Create a custom portfolio benchmark
pfolioBenchmark = 0
for ticker in self.tickers:
# Create portfolio benchmark using equally weighted log returns
pfolioBenchmark += self.w*np.log(self.Securities[ticker].Price/self.Portfolio[ticker].AveragePrice)
# Add data points to plot
self.Plot("Trade Plot", "Value", pfolioBenchmark*1000)

I've attached a backtest where I demonstrate how to set a benchmark and also create a chart where I plot a custom benchmark using equally weighted log returns. Check out this documentation on Initializing Algorithms for more information on setting benchmark.

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This is a great response, thanks!

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