How many families have two brothers who’ve been in the hedge fund game for 30+ years, much less on polar opposites of the long vol/short vol spectrum. We’re talking with the volatility loving, positive skew seeking brother in our episode today, Roy Niederhoffer. Roy is the founder and President of the eponymous R. G. Niederhoffer […]
One year ago – where were you? Doing cool zoom backgrounds. Stacking a pile of books to act as your at home standing desk. Home schooling!! Trying to understand what a VIX of 80 means? We were all trying to get a handle on just what the new normal would be, and if our economies […]
Forget fat tails, left tails, even tall tales. We’re going into extracting value from long tails of the distribution on the pod in this episode. Vineer Bhansali is a 29-year industry veteran, previously at PIMCO, a Forbes columnist, author of four books on finance, and is currently the founder and CEO of longtail alpha. In […]
After days of pushing higher and higher, is the down trend in the US Dollar over? Trend following type managed futures strategies sure hope that isn’t the case. They love them some trending US Dollar. Most analysts, however, have looked for the dollar to remain under pressure after a steep slide last year, arguing that […]
The king of Commodities has entered The Derivative ring. You know his name, you’ve read his books, you’ve probably utilized his index, and now you’re listening to him in this most recent podcast episode. Jim Rogers is an American investor and financial commentator, and was there at the start of the Quantum Fund and Soros […]
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