Upside Potential Ratio

The Upside Potential Ratio was authored by Frank A. Sortino. It is designed to evaluate how well an investor is compensated for the risk taken. The higher the Upside Potential Ratio the better the instrument’s performance. The main ingredients are current price and a prior price which are adjusted with the user defined safe return. The user must select linear bars but may change the input (close), period length, beta and a safe return value. This indicator’s definition is further expressed in the condensed code given in the calculation below.

See Upside Potential Ratio
See also Sortino Ratio

Upside Potential Ratio

How To Trade Using the Upside Potential Ratio

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

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//input = price, user defined, default is close
//period = p1, user defined, default is 30
//minium return = mar = user defined, default is 5 percent
//pow = power, sqrt = squart root
//sma = simple moving average, sdDev = standard deviation
//index = current bar number

barMin = 0;
BarSize bar = getBarSize();
if (bar.getType() == BarSizeType.LINEAR) barMin = bar.getInterval();
else return;
minPerYr = 60*24*30*12;
priorP = price[index-p1];
mar = mar /100;  //convert percent to decimal
barsPerYr = minPerYr/barMin;
pdRet = Math.pow((1 + mar), p1/barsPerYr) - 1; //minium acceptable return/period compounded 
ret = (((price/priorP)-1));
upside = upside(index, p1, pdRet, RET);
Method upside(int index, int period, double mar, Object key)
ret = 0, upSide = 0, dnSide = 0;
for (int i = index-period+1; i lessOr=index; i++)
    ret = price[i];
    if (ret moreThan mar)
        upSide = upSide + (ret - mar) * (1 / period);
    if (ret lessThan mar)
        dnSide = dnSide + Math.pow((ret - mar), 2) * (1 / period);
if (dnSide moreThan 0)
    return upSide / Math.sqrt(dnSide);
else return null;