Trading Commodity Volatility: A woman’s perspective on The Derivative

Trading commodity volatility is a unique topic all on its own, but add in hedge fund manager Kimberly Rios, and you’ve got what we calculated as a 1 in 10,000 manager; how’s that for unique? Kimberly heads up the Catalyst Hedged Futures Strategy Fund and trades in and out of different volatility regimes in the commodity markets “like a woman” – which we think is a big PLUS. And should anyone be surprised? A financial times article quotes that “hedge funds run by women have generated returns two times higher than their male counterparts.” Kimberly has paved her own way through the male-dominated asset management world and has a track record to prove it.

In this episode we talk with Kimberly Rios, portfolio manager of the Catalyst Hedged Commodity Strategy Fund about: the CFHIX mutual fund, meeting Muhammad Ali, where commodity option liquidity is, OJ and Nicole Simpson, why buy and hold commodity investing sucks, being a woman in the male dominated asset management world, missing senior prom, seasonality in Corn futures, why female hedge fund managers outperform males, working the Sydney Olympics, and navigating high and low volatility periods with vol as an asset class.

Catalyst Funds is a fund management firm who take the stance that the market did not need another traditional family of mutual funds – so their aim is to offer unique investment products to meet the needs of discerning financial advisors and their clients. The Catalyst Hedged Commodity Strategy Fund seeks to provide positive returns in most market conditions with low correlation to the global equity and commodity markets by investing in dynamic option strategies using physical commodity futures contracts on Crude Oil, Gold, and Corn. Trades focus on volatility, seasonality, technical analysis and price; rather than attempting to forecast where the markets will be in the future.

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