Run the tester over the specified range of years. Available data
runs from 2003 through 2016 for most screens. You may
start at any month of the year, but other than January can only run
Stocks are picked from the screens every holding period (between
1 and 120 months) and held for that period.
Instead of selecting from the available screens, you may choose to
enter codes from any of the backtesters to
create hybrid tests. Simply copy the link listed at the top of a run and
paste into the form. Also see the backtester code
You may give your backtest a name for convenience. If you use
this backtest code in other testers, its name will be shown instead of
a full description.
Start with an initial investment. You may also add more
money periodically. You can also subtract from the portfolio by adding
a negative amount.
Instead of adding or subtracting a fixed amount, you can elect to keep
the portfolio at a fixed allocation. This is useful for testing
costs without considering the effects of compounded growth, to see what
your money might do this year.
Normally, the stocks held in a screen are rebalanced on every
trade. You can also specify to never rebalance, which may allow one
stock to dominate a screen as it grows, or rebalance at a fixed interval
(which must be a multiple of the holding period).
You can pay a fixed commission (which is applied to every buy
and sell) as well as a percentage spread (half applied on buy,
half on sell).
Capital-gains taxes can be applied, both short-term and
long-term. Taxes may be taken out on every trade, quarterly, or
Screen rankings come out on Friday, and backtests are typically done
with the closing prices on the next Monday, one day after the
rankings. This lag between ranking and trading can be varied from
zero days (trade on Friday) and upward.
"Crystal Ball" Backtest instructions
Choose which screen to select the stocks from. All the stocks from the
screen selected are ordered by their upoming returns for the period in
question (that's why this isn't a real screen). Select a limit of
how many of the best stocks you want to get the return for. A limit of 1
would show the stock that's destined to be the best for the upcoming
Alternately, you can enter more screens, and the Crystal Ball
will choose the best-performing screen for each period (or if a
limit is specified, the top stocks from the top screen). If you
check the seasonal box, it will choose one winning screen for each
calendar month, which the same set of screens chosen every year.