While some investors welcomed the increase in commodities prices this year, others see them as a warning sign of real inflation. What does the data say?
Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic in every walk of life, and perhaps no more so than in the world of hedge funds and alternative investments. Howard Siow, Founding Principal and CEO at Taaffeite Capital, joins The Derivative to discuss how AI is used in the hedge fund world, and how everyone wants AI to […]
Not much to report on with the old asset class scoreboard if you like change. All of the asset classes we track put up positive returns in May, for the 2nd straight month, meaning it was more of the same in terms of the year – with all the risk on assets: commodities, real estate, […]
Who in their right mind would name an investment strategy after cockroaches? Well, probably the guys who view themselves as staging a mutiny against traditional portfolio construction and the investment business = Jason Buck and Taylor Pearson of Mutiny Funds. We’re digging in deep with the two wunderkids in this episode on what exactly the […]
How do you get included in a Market Wizards book? How do you get a whole Michael Covel book written about you? You move from charting markets on graph paper to point and figure charts to running systematic models on an IBM computer in 1980, to running $600mm plus via Trendstat. We’re talking Havalinas and […]
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