Category: Education

29 Jun 2020

Do Hedge Funds Suck?

We got off a call with an investor the other day who mentioned that the past two+ years have been a great microcosm of different full cycle market environments – with: 2018 = SPY -4.56% = a down stock market in 2018, including the volatility explosion in Feb of 2018 and odd sell off with […]

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28 May 2020

Black Swans, Gray Rhinos, and Tigers..Oh My with Michele Wucker

The financial world seems to have a fascination with zoomorphism – the attribution of animal names, emotions, or intentions to non- animal occurrences like market shocks. Black Swans are the famous one, but there’s also been White Moose and Gray Rhino added to the lexicon. And in this episode of The Derivative, we’re focusing on […]

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06 May 2020

Asset Class Scoreboard: April 2020

With slight dips from the mid-month asset class scoreboard, April ended out in the green for every asset class across the board except for commodities. With word from abroad of economies reopening & the U.S. rolling out a slow open across the country, assets classes have bounced back considerably from the month before. Managed futures […]

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21 Apr 2020

Asset Class Scoreboard: Mid-April 2020

Earlier this month we reported on asset class performance: March 2020: Red Wedding Version; and as far as YTD is concerned, it’s the Red Wedding Part 2. But for mid-month asset class performance on it’s own, we’re seeing some positive growth fueled by stimulus checks and increasing confidence from American investors — and to be […]

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01 Apr 2020

Asset Class Scoreboard: (red wedding version) March 2020

March was ugly, like real ugly. Here was a live (somewhat dramatized via GOT look in around the lows on March 23rd):    It was a red wedding to be sure, with not just red across the board, but deep, dramatic shades of red. Like, the DOW with its worst first quarter ever shades […]

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09 Mar 2020

Is $15 Crude Oil in the Cards?

On Wednesday. March 4th -April Crude Oil futures closed at 46.78, which left it down -22% on the year… not a good look. Monday, March 9th at 12:30 in the morning, Crude Oil was down -41.6% from that ugly close just 2 business days earlier, putting in a low at $27.34 !!  Wow. That is […]

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25 Feb 2020

5th Biggest VIX spike past 20 years?

Did that feel like the 5th scariest day in the markets the past 20 years to anyone? Sure didn’t here in our shop, with groups like Breakout Funds, Deepfield, and others scoring gains on the Covid-19 fueled sell off. But the VIX saw it’s 5th largest spike on a daily basis in the past 20 […]

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06 Mar 2020
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: February 2020

Well…that was a rude awakening. Volatility came back with a vengeance in Feb, logging the 5th worst VIX spike in the past 20 years. And it wasn’t just stocks… world stocks, real estate, and commodities all got smacked into the red. Coronavirus fears spiking, Presidential election twitter posts…..all the things we mentioned in our 2020 outlook […]

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