Don’t ask me how I came across this website, but for those who can’t get enough of analyzing the data, take a look at http://blog.okcupid.com/. This is the blog of an online dating service which logs everything right down to what time of day your profile picture was taken – and then posts trend analysis […]
The ‘idea quiver’ is running a little low looking at the possible newsletter topics going out a few weeks. We’ll be running our annual reader survey in a few weeks and will ask the question – what do you want to see in the Attain weekly newsletter? But in the meantime – what topics would […]
With Wheat and Corn making new highs recently while stocks remain in a soft period, at best – it seems that the high correlation between commodities and the stock market may be coming undone a bit… which should help managed futures programs. We decided to take a closer look – and ended up doing the […]
For those who haven’t heard yet, the United States has a LOT of debt – and it is growing. To see this graphically – check out “America’s Debt: The Big Wave (Wall St Cheat Sheet)” brought to my attention on Ritholtz’s blog The Big Picture The big question is what will this do to US […]
Finding up and coming talent (investments) is a tough task in any asset class, and not unique to just emerging managed futures programs. But as we alluded to in our newsletter comparing large and emerging managed futures programs, there is a need to find such up and comers due to larger managers returns tending to […]
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