Determine Buy-Sell Imbalance Using Cost Index
This example shows how to determine buy-sell imbalance using transaction cost analysis from the Kissell Research Group. Imbalance is the difference between buy-initiated and sell-initiated volume given actual market conditions on the day and over the specified trading period. A positive imbalance indicates buying pressure in the stock and a negative imbalance indicates selling pressure. The cost index helps investors to understand how the trading cost environment affects the order flow in the market. The index can be a performance-based index, such as the S&P 500, that shows market movement and value or a volatility index that shows market uncertainty.
The imbalance share quantity is the value of x such that
MI is the market-impact cost for a stock transaction. The estimated trading costs represent the incremental price movement of the stock in relation to the underlying index price movement. Volume is the actual daily volume of a stock in the basket. ADV is the average daily volume of a stock in the basket. Price is the price of a stock in the basket. The other variables in the equations are:
— Price volatility.
— Price sensitivity to order flow.
— Order size shape.
— Volatility shape.
— Percentage of volume rate shape.
— Price shape.
— Percentage of permanent market impact. Permanent impact is the unavoidable impact cost that occurs because of the information content of the trade.
— Percentage of temporary market impact. Temporary impact is dependent upon the trading strategy. Temporary impact occurs because of the liquidity demands of the investor.
TotalCost — Change in the volume-weighted average price compared to the open price for the stocks.
Beta — Beta.
IndexCost — Change in the volume-weighted average price compared to the open price for the index. Index cost adjusts the price for market movement using an underlying index and beta.
In this example, you can run this code using current or historical data. Current data includes prices starting from the open time through the current time. Historical data uses the prices over the entire day. Historical costs use market-impact parameters for the specified region and date. Therefore, historical costs change from record to record.
For a current cost index, you load the example table
TradeDataCurrent from the file
KRGExampleData.mat. For a historical cost index, you load the
TradeDataHistorical from the file
KRGExampleData.mat. This example calculates a current cost
To access the example code, enter
edit KRGCostIndexExample.m at
the command line.
After running this code, you can submit an order for execution using Bloomberg®, for example.
This example requires an Optimization Toolbox™ license. For background information, see Optimization Theory Overview (Optimization Toolbox).
Retrieve Market-Impact Parameters and Load Data
Retrieve the market-impact data from the Kissell Research Group FTP site.
Connect to the FTP site using the
ftp function with a user
name and password. Navigate to the
MI_Parameters folder and
retrieve the market-impact data in the
miData contains the encrypted market-impact date, code,
f = ftp('ftp.kissellresearch.com','username','pwd'); mget(f,'MI_Encrypted_Parameters.csv'); close(f) miData = readtable('MI_Encrypted_Parameters.csv','delimiter', ... ',','ReadRowNames',false,'ReadVariableNames',true);
Create a Kissell Research Group transaction cost analysis object
k. Specify initial settings for the date, market-impact
code, and number of trading days.
k = krg(miData,datetime('today'),1,250);
Load the example data
TradeDataCurrent, which is included
with the Datafeed Toolbox™. Calculate the number of stocks in the portfolio.
load KRGExampleData.mat TradeDataCurrent TradeData = TradeDataCurrent; numStocks = height(TradeData);
For a description of the example data, see Kissell Research Group Data Sets.
Define Optimization Parameters
Define the maximum number of function iterations for optimization. Set
'MaxIterations' to a large value so that the optimization
can iterate many times to solve a system of nonlinear equations.
options = optimoptions('fsolve','MaxIterations',4000);
Estimate Trading Costs Using Cost Index
Determine the total cost and beta cost. Calculate the side of the initial
market-impact cost estimate. Determine the initial volume
totalCost = TradeData.VWAP ./ TradeData.Open - 1; indexCost = TradeData.Beta .* ... (TradeData.IndexVWAP ./ TradeData.IndexOpen - 1); miCost = totalCost - indexCost; sideIndicator = sign(miCost); x0 = 0.5 * TradeData.Volume;
Create a table that stores all output data. First, add these variables:
Symbol— Stock symbol
Date— Transaction date
TotalVolume— Transaction volume
TotalCost— Total transaction cost
IndexCost— Index cost
costIndexTable = table; costIndexTable.Symbol = TradeData.Symbol; costIndexTable.Date = TradeData.Date; costIndexTable.Side = sideIndicator; costIndexTable.TotalVolume = TradeData.Volume; costIndexTable.TotalCost = totalCost; costIndexTable.IndexCost = indexCost;
for-loop to calculate the cost index for each stock
in the portfolio. Each stock might have different market-impact codes and dates.
costIndexExampleEq function that contains the
nonlinear equation to solve. To access the code for the
costIndexExampleEq function, enter
Add these variables to the output table:
ImbalancePctADV— Imbalance as percentage of average daily volume
ImbalancePctDayVolume— Imbalance as percentage of the daily volume
BuyVolume— Buy volume
SellVolume— Sell volume
MI— Market-impact cost
ExcessCost— Excess cost
for i = 1:numStocks % Set the MiCode and MiDate of the object for each stock k.MiCode = TradeData.MICode(i); k.MiDate = TradeData.Date(i); % Solve for Shares for each stock that results in the target market % impact cost. % In this example, x is the number of shares (imbalance) that causes % the MI impact cost, the number of shares that result in a market % impact cost of MI. Here use abs(MI) since market-impact % cost is always positive. If the market-impact cost is 0.0050 then % fsolve tries to find the number of shares x so that the market % impact formula returns 0.0050. % Note that fsolve is using the cost in basis points. x = fsolve(@(x) costIndexExampleEq(x,miCost(i),TradeData(i,:),k), ... x0(i),options); % The imbalance must be between 0 and the actual traded volume. x = max(min(x,TradeData.Volume(i)),0); % Recalculate the percentage of volume and shares based on x. TradeData.POV(i) = x/TradeData.Volume(i); TradeData.Shares(i) = x; % Calculate the new cost as a decimal value. mi = marketImpact(k,TradeData(i,:))/10000; % imbalance is the share amount specified as buy or sell by the % sideIndicator. imbalance = sideIndicator(i) * x; % Calculate the buy and sell volumes. % Knowing that: % % Volume = buyVolume + sellVolume; % Imbalance = buyVolume - sellVolume; % % Solve for buyVolume and sellVolume buyVolume = (TradeData.Volume(i) + imbalance) / 2; sellVolume = (TradeData.Volume(i) - imbalance) / 2; % Fill output table costIndexTable.Imbalance(i,1) = imbalance; costIndexTable.ImbalancePctADV(i,1) = imbalance/TradeData.ADV(i); costIndexTable.ImbalancePctDayVolume(i,1) = imbalance/TradeData.Volume(i); costIndexTable.BuyVolume(i,1) = buyVolume; costIndexTable.SellVolume(i,1) = sellVolume; costIndexTable.MI(i,1) = mi * sideIndicator(i); costIndexTable.ExcessCost(i,1) = totalCost(i) - mi - indexCost(i); end
Display the imbalance amount for the first stock in the output data.
ans = -8.7894e+04
The negative imbalance amount indicates selling pressure. Decide whether to buy, hold, or sell shares of this stock in the portfolio.
For details about the preceding calculations, contact the Kissell Research Group.
 Kissell, Robert. The Science of Algorithmic Trading and Portfolio Management. Cambridge, MA: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2013.
 Malamut, Roberto. “Multi-Period Optimization Techniques for Trade Scheduling.” Presentation at the QWAFAFEW New York Conference, April 2002.
 Kissell, Robert, and Morton Glantz. Optimal Trading Strategies. New York, NY: AMACOM, Inc., 2003.