Viva Las EQ Derivatives… This week Jeff journeys back to the Windy City from Sin City, where he is joined by a special guest, Mutiny’s very own Jason Buck @JasonMutiny. In this episode, they give essential insight into this unique conference for options traders, hedge funds, and insurers. They break down everything you need to […]
You’re driving down the winding roads of Napa Valley, visiting the countless wineries, taking in the beautiful scenery, and enjoying the various pairings of meats, cheeses, and palate cleansers… But that’s not all that pairs well with wine. This week Anthony Zhang @anthony_j_zhang, an ambitious entrepreneur who created Vinovest, gives us the inside scoop on […]
April was the worst month for equities since March 2020, with the S&P down -8.9% month over month. Thankfully there’s bonds to fall back on right? For those living under an igneous formation, the inflation-Fed theme continues to provoke selling in equities and a tightening of credit (pushing bond prices down). As elsewhere reported, this is […]
We’re back for part two with Noel Smith @NoelConvex – where we dig into the types of options and volatility strategies, he employs for his Convex AM hedge fund. For the background on why he’s worth listening to on that front, listen to Part 1 about marketing making on the CBOE floor, Getco, and more […]
We’ve been talking about trend following, commodity trading advisors (aka CTAs), and managed futures for more than a decade, leading to comments like this over on Twitter. I have to say for anyone wanting to learn more about trend-following @rcmAlts is worth a follow. So many great resources from whitepapers to infographics to a podcast. […]
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Past Performance is Not Necessarily Indicative of Future Results. The regulations of the CFTC require that prospective clients of a managed futures program (CTA) receive a disclosure document when they are solicited to enter into an agreement whereby the CTA will direct or guide the client’s commodity interest trading and that certain risk factors be highlighted. The disclosure document contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA.
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