Information Ratio

The Information Ratio (IR) is also known as the Appraisal Ratio. It is designed to evaluate how well an investor is compensated for the risk taken. The higher the Information Ratio the better the instrument’s performance. The main ingredients are current price and a prior price which are adjusted with the user defined benchmark return. The average and standard deviation (SD) are calculated; and the IR is the average, minus the benchmark return, divided by the SD. The user must select linear bars but may change the input (close), period length and benchmark value. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.

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Information Ratio

How To Trade Using the Information Ratio

The Information Ratio may be used to evaluate a instrument’s performance. No trading signals are calculated.

How To Access in MotiveWave

Go to the top menu, choose Study>Performance>Information Ratio

or go to the top menu, choose Add Study, start typing in this study name until you see it appear in the list, click on the study name, click OK.

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//input = price, user defined, default is close
//period = p1, user defined, default is 30
//benchmark return = bmk, user defined, default is 5 percent
//sma = simple moving average, sdDev = standard deviation
//index = current bar number

BarSize bar = getBarSize();
if (bar.getType() == BarSizeType.LINEAR) barMin = bar.getInterval();
else return;
minPerYr = 60*24*30*12;
priorP = price[index-p1];
bmk = bmk /100;  //convert percent to decimal
barsPerYr = minPerYr/barMin;
bench = Math.pow((1 + (bmk)), p1/barsPerYr) - 1; //minium acceptable return/period compounded 
ret = (price/priorP)-1;
av  = sma(index, p1, RET);
std = sdDev(index, p1, RET)[0];
Plot: info = (av - bench) / std;