If you were to ask for the growth of Managed Futures assets in 2015, you might get different answers depending on who you ask. Barclayhedge will tell you $8.5 Billion, we think that number is more about $10.5 Billion, and a third party recently made the claim of as high as $30 Billion at a […]
Diversification is not fun, but intelligent investing shouldn’t be about having fun. Diversification Is No Fun – (A Wealth of Common Sense) Renaissance’s success, of course, ultimately lies with the people who built, improved upon, and maintain Medallion’s models, many of whom met at IBM in the 1980s, where they used statistical analysis to […]
When the Federal Open Market Committee finally raised rates to the 0.25% to 0.50% last December, it was the first time in seven years. Indeed, the fact that we just quote those minuscule rates and a range instead of fixed level shows just how different a rate environment we ended up in after those seven […]
I learned that it is not necessarily the system that makes you the money but the way you handle risk. Going home flat – (Futures Magazine) The hallmark of a good investor realizes that the rules do apply to them and they own the fact that they are no more gifted or special than […]
As if we weren’t already sick of hearing about voting – 2016 is continuing its run as the Year of the Vote – with yet another important vote around the corner in what some are calling a lighter version of the Brexit and Trump shockers. You’re up Italy, with a vote on amending their constitution […]
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