A Naked Trader Based Strategy

Friday, Apr 26 2013 by


A bit of background ... I've been interested in blending value and TA concepts for quite a while. I've found it very useful to read value posters, particularly Paul Scott, however I've come to the growing realisation that I need to take greater responsbility for my selections and I feel that TA related concepts can help me time my entries and exits from value stocks.

Having read Naked Trader I found the combination of value and momentum appealing. To that end I've created my own version of the Naked Trader Screen. I want to point out that this screen is only a starting point for the screening process. I'll still want to read up on company announcements, study the charts, look at price targets (using Point & Figure charts), potential support points, consider risk/reward ratios.

However, here are the basic screen rules based on Robbie Burns' basic criteria and the results of that screen ...

I then explored these companies in more detail trying to get an understanding of their business and by checking recent company announcements as I'm trying to get a perspective on their potential. After reading up on the last two statements from each company I excluded Rank (LON:RNK) & Diploma (LON:DPLM). I've then examined the Point & Figure charts for each stock to get a better feel for the texture of their trend. The only stock that didnt make it through this analysis was Savills (LON:SVS), which I rejected due to the recent strong drop off new highs (See the figure to the right).

I then analysed each stock using Point & Figure Charts looking for price targets. Point & Figure price targets are generated by the price action itself. As a result some stocks won't generate a price target and that was the case for Cineworld (LON:CINE) so I put it to one side for now. I then considered technical support levels for each stock and this enabled me to produce risk reward ratios for each stock. The results of this analysis are shown in the table below…

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PhilH 26th Apr '13 1 of 7

I should have added to the original post that of course this does not constitute investment advice. You should be aware that this is not my job, and that some of the data used to build this strategy is based upon my own software tools and as such may be riddle with defects (hard though it is for me to admit that).

One thing I have noticed as I analyse the remaining stocks is that there can be limited liquidity in the stocks. I tried to counter that by imposing a 3m average volume threshold, but a sudden surge of buying from an institutional investor can dramatically skew that data. Revisiting Naked Trader it's clear that Robbie just ignores AIM stocks. This would leave just Cranswick (LON:CWK) & Brewin Dolphin Holdings (LON:BRW).

I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a way to include AIM stocks but only select ones that have a good liquidty?

Thanks in advance

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Edward Croft 26th Apr '13 2 of 7

In reply to post #72848

Phil - it might be worth you posting a direct link to your screen so that others can 'fork' it and link to iterations from the comments here. Our own version of the rules are here and they show a lot of similarities to your version - http://www.stockopedia.com/screens/naked-trader-esque-screen-164/

All screens by default cover the entire UK universe (LSE Main and AIM markets + ICAP securities exchange (which used to be PLUS Market)) - so AIM stocks should be included in your criteria posted above. If you want to select specific UK market segments you can use the rule builder "Index/Exchange" from the dropdown and include/exclude AIM/ISDX etc at will.

Good liquidity is harder to pin down - we should probably do some average volume * price analysis over a set time frame and compare it with market capitalisation - any ideas on this front let me know and we'll try and add it to the screener.

Hope that helps.

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PhilH 26th Apr '13 3 of 7

Hi Ed,

Thank for the feedback and here's a link to the screen http://www.stockopedia.com/screens/phils-naked-trader-screen-8127/

I've added an extra rule to exclude the AIM stocks for now, but actually I guess I'd prefer not exclude AIM stocks per se, but rather find a way to filter out less liquid stocks whether they be AIM or full stocks.


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PhilH 26th Apr '13 4 of 7

I've decided o remove the AIM criteria and instead I've chosen to limit shares that have an 3m average volume of < 40000. This will also cut out the illiquid stocks on the main index. Not ideal, due to large trade skewing, but better than excluding all of the AIM imo.

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Asagi 26th Apr '13 5 of 7

Revisiting Naked Trader it's clear that Robbie just ignores AIM stocks.

Hi PhilH... not sure where you have gotten this from but it is not true. Robbie Burns appears to have placed plenty of trades in AIM stocks see:


for example Lo-Q (LON:LOQ) and Coastal Energy Co (LON:CEO).

Asagi (no position)

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Calalily 26th Apr '13 6 of 7

Good post Phil, interesting to see your screen.  Yes, Robbie does buy AIM shares but tends to steer clear of small mining companies etc. I think you may have got the info from one of his books. If I remember correctly he does also sometimes go for a riskier AIM share in his SIPP.

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PhilH 26th Apr '13 7 of 7

Hi Asagi,

Thanks for the reply.
You are correct. I went back to the book and he says he ditches them if they are a very small AIM company or have an EMS of less than £2000 (you can find the EMS for each stock on the LSE website). He doesn't clarify what very small means though.

Perhaps the EMS criteria combined with the £50m minimum market cap helps to sift of stocks with limited liquidity?

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