For those of you who haven’t checked out our Big List of Alts folks on Twitter (and VolTwit list), you may have missed the great thread/reply storm (we’re not sure what you call a bunch of replies nested in replies nested in retweets?) around what the next crash will look like. It started with @squeezemetrics […]
Who hasn’t been pitched a buffered note at this point? Participate in the upside and get credited back the first 10% in losses. What could go wrong? There’s billions of dollars of these things out there, and they’re even creeping into the ETF and mutual fund space. How exactly do they work? Which options are […]
More of the same for the asset class scoreboard in July, as US real estate, US stocks, and Commodities all led the way – further cementing their double digit returns for the year (and adding quite a bit to the inflation narrative making the rounds. The biggest surprise, perhaps, was bonds putting in a strong […]
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 […]
We’re excited to have one of the pioneers of options trading on this episode, Jerry Haworth – Founder and CIO of renowned option and tail risk firm 36 South. In this wide-ranging talk, we dive into Jerry’s roots in Zimbabwe, trading South African bonds, structuring derivatives, the point in his jazz career where talent and […]
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