We have looked at momentum trading on a weekly basis, but now we’ll take a longer-term view of the methodology.
The strategy covers all the shares in the FTSE 350, i.e. the combined FTSE 100 and 250 indices. It involves buying the six top performing companies over the previous two-month period, then closing the trades at the end of each month.
On data going back to 1986, this strategy would have provided an average return (on an unleveraged account) of 2.6% per month. No strategy can be profitable all the time, however, and this one is no exception; thus it calls for the careful use of stop losses (especially in a leveraged account).
For the past two months, the shares with the largest percentage return were as follows: