10 Most Popular Episodes of The Derivative

There’s something like 1.5 million podcasts available out in the universe – so we were slightly aware of the undertaking of starting our podcast in 2020. But per usual, black swan events (aka coronavirus) kickflipped our in-person interviews to video calls and zoom meetings. Alas, we prevailed, and created a product we’re pretty darn proud of. And with all that in mind – we couldn’t be more grateful to the awesome guests that made it what it is. We were able to produce 48 episodes this year, and below you’ll find the 10 episodes – and top snippets – that topped our listening charts.

1. Vol Curves and Vanna Charm with Cem Karsan
One of fintwit’s most popular personalities, Cem Karsan is on our podcast The Derivative going over the definitions, explanations, and educated facts on options trading.

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2. Straddles SVXY and (Gamma) Scalping with Logica’s Mike Green
Mike Green known for his opinion on passive investing – so we took a 180 turn and went full out on everything NOT to do with passive. We got Mike’s thoughts on things like what he has going on at Logica, if he loves straddles as much as Wayne Himelsein, how he views the current volatility landscape, his killer SVXY trade, & more.

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3. Sequencing Skew and (Option) Strikes with Hari Krishnan
In this episode we were joined by options guru and author of ‘The Second Leg Down,’ Hari Krishan, to talk through the real-time test of market crashes and volatility dynamics we’ve witnessed since February.

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4. Texas Style Trend Following with Salem Abraham
Trend following legend Salem Abraham was an OG guest on The Derivative. This man is nothing short of entertaining; between his 30+ year career in Trend Following, to his pecan and apple orchards, his amazing analogies and ways to break down complicated theories into bite-size pieces – Salem is a must listen episode from our 2020 repertoire.

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5. Debunking Trend Following’s Dead Theories with Kathryn Kaminski
Is trend following too big? Can managed futures do it without the bond tailwind they’ve had for 30 years? Does globalization take away diversification? We’re debunking these trend following myths/truths (?) with guest Kathryn Kaminski.

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6. Who Would Want to SELL Options with Mark Adams of Warrington Asset Management
For every option buyer, there is a seller. The brave souls who are accused of picking up pennies in front of a freight train. But are they dumb? Crazy? Or just better at timing the market than the rest of us? Understanding option strategies which involve collecting premium seems easy, but there’s way more that goes into this recipe as evidenced by Mark Adams in this episode.

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7. Market Up/Vol Up Market Down/Vol Down WTF Episode
Volatility in 2020 surely earned the moniker of WTF. The market moved to new all-time highs and the VIX actually went UP. The market then mini-crashed lower and VIX barely budged? WTF indeed….We’re joined by two vol experts to break it all down.

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8. The Mysteries and Makings of Machine Learning with Dr. Ernie Chan of QTS Cap
Does all this Machine Learning stuff really work? If it’s so good, why aren’t AI powered hedge funds printing money? And what is the difference between AI, machine learning, deep learning, machine trading, and more. Ernie Chan has been at the center of the AI/MT/ML universe for over four decades and is on our pod to share his thoughts on all of this and more.

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9. Overheard at a Vol Conference breaking down EQD Global 2020
We’re breaking down the best speakers, topics and comments of the de-facto volatility trading and derivatives investing event of the year. Joined by Jim Carroll and John Cummings – are talking new vol dispersion products, portfolio design, tail-risk management, structural volatility and other hot topics from 2020.

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10. Don’t Buy the Narrative (and It’s All Narrative) with Epsilon Theory’s Ben Hunt
Modern-day philosopher, Ben Hunt, joins us on The Derivative, offering up his fresh perspective and novel insights into market dynamics.

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