December markets brought some volatility as the world attempted to figure out the relative impact of omicron and the Fed likelihood of raising rates sooner than expected amidst some potentially improving job numbers and high inflation metrics. Trend following programs generally fared poorly (unless you stayed long oil), but not bad enough to erase a […]
Well, things certainly took an interesting turn in November, with most asset classes squarely in the red after a post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sell-off and failed bounce on the last two days. Commodities got smoked, led by the energy complex, dropping -10.59% – taking down any risk on class: U.S. Stocks, World Stocks, Hedge funds, U.S. […]
Well…that was fast! No sooner had the digital ink dried on our Trendsgiving post last week talking about the rally in trend-following managed futures programs – then the market gods smacked that asset class right back into place: Us last Wednesday= While economists argue over whether it is “transitory” inflation, many commodity markets are […]
We jump back into some VIX and Volatility discussion with this week’s episode but also get to talk about trend following’s rise and fall (and rise again?) over the past decade. We’ve got Scot Billington, the co-founder and managing partner of Covenant Capital Mgmt., talking through his unique journey from futures broker to floor trader […]
What do you do when trends stop appearing for the quarter of a billion dollars you manage? Where do you go to find markets like the ‘good old days’ for trend following? Our guest for this episode, Abingdon Global’s Fred Schutzman is in a unique position to answer those questions – and much more! Listen […]
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