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 […]
We’ve said on this blog before that options are like playing 3D chess. Well then what does creating synthetic options via convertible bonds, equity positions, and bank debt play like?? Take a listen to this pod where we venture out of the futures/options space into credit, convertible bond, risk arb. Therefore, if you think you […]
The Q2 numbers are in – and there’s just no stopping commodities, it seems, as they put in another three months of gains to lead all assets YTD as we hit halftime in this game of markets. Is this the inflation we’ve all been fearing for the past 40 years come to life? We put […]
What is it about engineers and seeing the world through a quant lens? We’ve talked to plenty of quants who have an engineering mindset; but this episode’s guest is an actual engineer – doing his mechanical engineering work by day and dishing on portfolio construction at night via his excellent Breaking the Market blog and […]
Our guest this episode has quickly become one of the must follows on FinTwit with his mixture of motivational messaging and market savvy. Kris Sidial is the Co-CIO of The Ambrus Group, a volatility arbitrage fund that focuses on statistical outliers in the U.S equity derivatives space. But he’s no kid, despite his bio touting […]
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