Category: Global Macro

05 Aug 2020

Just a Spoonful of (Beta) Sugar

Our own Jeff Malec relayed a story on a recent podcast (if you haven’t checked our The Derivative yet…get on over there) about telling his 10 year old son that “we’ve been in drawdown your whole life”. He was referring to managed futures, of course, and this rather un-even, lumpy, lots of flat/red bars chart […]

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03 Aug 2020

Asset Class Scoreboard: July 2020

It’s hard to believe we’re in the 2nd half of this horrid year, already; but here we are reporting the first month of Q3 (July), which itself was the first month of 2020 to see every asset class we track positive. A big turnaround from how the first half of the year started out, to […]

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27 Jul 2020

So, you want a Risk Parity investment?

Special purpose acquisition companies, volatility arbitrage, black box AI. There’s no shortage of complexity in the alternative investment space. Which is perhaps why “All Weather” Risk Parity strategies have grabbed the attention of the institutional investor ilk; and started to leak into the mainstream investor mindset. Even robo-advisor Wealthfront offered a (rather misguided [1]) risk […]

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23 Jul 2020

Seeking (VIX) Certainty with Certeza’s Brett Nelson

In a #ThrowbackThursday of sorts, we’re bringing you an episode recorded pre-pandemic where we hit the road and traveled to Utah to interview the brain behind Certeza Asset Management, Founder and CIO – Brett Nelson. Brett is another guest deserving of the moniker VIXpert – having been trading the VIX since it first entered the […]

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01 Jul 2020
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: June 2020

In exchange for being one of the only assets up in Q1, would you trade being down in Q2?  That’s the position managed futures finds itself in after a 2nd straight month of being the only red on the board. Elsewhere, it was RISK ON across the board – although at much smaller levels than […]

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23 Jun 2020

Tiger Woods(ing) your Alts Portfolio

We came across this great post recently on the Breaking the Market Blog comparing Tiger Woods strategy on avoiding errors is just the sort of thing to apply to an investment strategy. Golf is often pretty clear at telegraphing the penalty for misses. Water on one side is more penalizing than the open green to […]

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12 Jun 2020

Allocating to Alts with RPMs Alexander Mende

We’re flipping the script of our usual hedge fund manager and drilling down on the allocation side. Our guest is Alexander Mende, Senior Investment Analyst and Head of Investment Research at RPM Risk and Portfolio Management. In this episode, we’re covering a lot of ground with Alexander including herd immunity in Stockholm, an allocator’s due […]

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09 Jun 2020

Move over Nasdaq, FANG+ is here

Everyone who had a betting ticket for U.S. markets back at all-time highs before lockdowns ended – please raise your hand. This was the mother of all White Moose, galloping down the stream right as everyone was screaming about Black Swans and Gray Rhinos. The move off the March 23rd lows has been nearly as […]

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