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Momentum and Style Rotation Effect


Based on the market cap, we can divide the stocks into large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap stocks. In each of those categories, we can subdivide them into value stocks and growth stocks. The growth stocks typically grow revenues faster than the market average and have relatively high P/E ratios and P/B ratios. The value stocks have relatively low P/E ratios and P/B ratios. There are six styles in total. We've demonstrated various momentum strategies to generate excess returns at the firm, industry, and country level. In this algorithm, we'll explore the momentum effect at the style index ETF level.


We choose six index ETFs to represent different equity styles(small-cap value, mid-cap value, large-cap value, small-cap growth, mid-cap growth, large-cap growth). After adding the assets, we save the momentum indicator in the dictionary for each style. The formation period of 12-month is used to gauge the value of momentum.

def Initialize(self):
    self.SetStartDate(2001, 1, 1)
    self.SetEndDate(2018, 8, 1)
    self.tickers = [
                    "IJJ", # iShares S&P MidCap 400 Value Index ETF
                    "IJS", # iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Value ETF
                    "IVE", # iShares S&P 500 Value Index ETF
                    "IVW", # iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF
                    "IJK", # iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 Growth ETF
                    "IJT", # iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Growth ETF
    self.symbols = []
    for ticker in self.tickers:
        self.symbols.append(self.AddEquity(ticker, Resolution.Daily).Symbol)
    # save all momentum indicator in the dictionary = {i:self.MOM(i, 12*20, Resolution.Daily) for i in self.symbols}

Six ETFs are ranked based on their prior 12-month performance in the formation period. The algorithm goes long the top performing ETF and short the ETF at the bottom and holds the position for one month. The portfolio is rebalanced at the start of next month.

def Rebalance(self):
    sorted_mom = sorted(, key = lambda x:[x].Current.Value)
    invested = [x.Key for x in self.Portfolio if x.Value.Invested]
    for i in invested:
        if i not in [sorted_mom[0], sorted_mom[1]]:
    self.SetHoldings(sorted_mom[0], -0.5)
    self.SetHoldings(sorted_mom[-1], 0.5)


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