Look who’s on TOP !! It’s been a while…so we’ll thank you for the courtesy of a small victory lap. And boy, is this time different. Managed futures typically does well in market crisis periods when all risk assets correlate, sending markets like energies, grains, and metals lower alongside stocks, all with a nice kicker […]
This week, we’re painting the picture of what life on Chicago’s option trading floors was like at the CBOE…but there’s a catch — we put it all on the table and needed two episodes! Today’s guest came into asset management in a round-about way – trading his own money for decades before venturing into the […]
May the Fourth is a special day for Star Wars fans to unite worldwide and celebrate the franchise’s movies, series, video games, comics, and all other aspects of the iconic science fiction universe created in 1977 by filmmaker George Lucas. *cues the Star Wars anthem* One may not believe that Investing and Star Wars go […]
This week, we’re adding another stamp to our Derivative passport and traveling to Zurich, Switzerland, as we talk to the Head of Systematic Solutions and Portfolio Construction at Sygnum Bank’s Asset Management, Artur Sepp @ArturSepp — who specializes in crypto-assets and decentralized finance. Artur has led quantitative research at systematic trend-following hedge fund Quantica Capital, focusing […]
Assets generally flowed into alternative-focused funds in March. The world started to digest the idea that Russia’s war with Ukraine wouldn’t be over quickly. On the home front, the Fed maintained its hawkish tone. While equities prices rose, more money wants to incorporate some kinds of diversification. The mutual funds below reflect that appetite, with […]
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