Hats off to Ray Dalio… but here’s a few funds outperforming Pure Alpha
Ray Dalio dominated the hedge fund headlines recently saying he, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, is stepping back from leadership in favor of three CIOs. Dalio is rightly famous for his success by multiple measurements. We’ve paid attention to his All Weather portfolio and written about their funds in the past here and here, mainly […]
The Game of Trading with SIG Alums Kris A, Tina L, & Steiner
We have a little saying over here on The Derivative, The More, The Merrier, and on this week’s episode of The Derivative, we’re not chatting with one guest, but THREE! Class may no longer be in session, but we are taking a trip down the SIG/Susquehanna memory lane and having our own class reunion with Kris Abdelmessih, Michael […]
MF Mutual Fund Performance – March
Beware the ides of March. This past month showed madness in more than one way. Markets began to internalize the ramifications of the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine amidst the backdrop of inflation in the west. Despite much uncertainty, market volatility generally declined for the later 2/3rd of the month. Equity prices rallied hard. Commodities, which […]
Get the Ammo Ready: Defining the Spaghetti Cannon Theory
If you ever have been involved in developing products, you’ve probably heard the saying, “let’s throw these ideas against the wall and see what sticks.” Back in the day, throwing spaghetti against the wall was an old method to test to see if it was ready to be taken out of the boiling water; if […]
Mutual Fund Performance: January
The start of the New Year provided a rude awakening to the few remaining people lulled to sleep by the die-hard equities bull market. While the world faced the worst COVID case spike of the pandemic, it also had to come to terms with a more hawkish posture from the Fed. Markets trended hard for […]
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