What is Return Stacking?
A new paper by Rodrigo Gordillo and Adam Butler of Resolve Asset Management and Corey Hoffstein of Newfound Research is out this week, purporting to add a new term to the investing lexicon – “Return Stacking.” What? What is return stacking, and what are stacked returns? Well, you can download the full paper here […]
“Maybe I’m the Retail Idiot” with Bill Brewster
Dive into this fun chat with the equally irreverent and intelligent Bill Brewster, the self-made value investor in the style of Warren Buffet who dishes on twitter @BillBrewsterSCG hosts the Business Brew podcast in his spare time. We go into Chicago vs Florida real estate and taxes, commercial banking, TastyTrade and options, just how big […]
How 54 Markets Have Performed Since the March 2020 Covid Lows
One year ago – where were you? Doing cool zoom backgrounds. Stacking a pile of books to act as your at home standing desk. Home schooling!! Trying to understand what a VIX of 80 means? We were all trying to get a handle on just what the new normal would be, and if our economies […]
Asset Class Scoreboard: September 2020
Ouch – after months of rallying classes, September was a rough one (almost a callback to our red wedding in March, but a little better). The September sell-off was all we needed to make nearly all the asset classes head right back into the red, and with anticipated volatility surrounding the election, and now with […]
Bull Markets, Behavioral Biases, and Blogs with Baird’s Michael Antonelli on The Derivative
If men are from Mars and women from Venus, it often feels like stock/bond investors are from Earth and us Alternative Investment folks are from Vulcan. We’re digging in with the Bull and Baird blog’s author and Baird market analyst Michael Antonelli to hear how the earthlings (aka wealth management clients) actually think about investments, […]
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