Asset Class Scoreboard: August 2021
Welcome to the dog days of summer… unless you’re U.S. equity markets, which again posted a new all-time high. That’s seven months in a row of relatively straight-up action for equities. When will it end and How will it end? are the questions on everyone’s mind. Elsewhere, Commodities took a little hiatus, along with bonds […]
Options to Trend Following, and Back Again with Scot Billington of Covenant Cap.
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 […]
Valuations….Are you F*&^ing Insane, with Howard Lindzon
Our guest this episode is surely not a stranger to our listeners, with his voice reaching far and wide via StockTwits, the Panic with Friends podcast, his ever-changing Twitter handle (currently Metaverse Lindzon) and his eponymous blog where he dishes on everything from stock picks to software to NFTs. Oh, and in his spare time, […]
BITFD & Wake the F Up with Ben Hunt of Epsilon Theory
Over 100,000 investors in 180 countries listen to Ben Hunt, founder of Second Foundation Partners and the Epsilon Theory blog, debunk the latest narrative machines in each of his opus-like post. So with Covid cases climbing and inflation expectations rising, it seemed like as good a time as ever to bring Ben back on the […]
Behind the Buffered Notes Bonanza With Joe Halpern of Exceed Investments
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 […]
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