April Mutual Fund Performance
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 […]
Asset Class Scoreboard: April 2022
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 […]
March Mutual Fund Flows
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 […]
Are ESG Factors Redefining Alternative Investments?
ESG is a term every investor should know, especially within the rapidly changing financial world. As different generations grow older, and new investing tactics are being born, people are beginning to invest their money more consciously. For those that aren’t familiar, ESG or Environmental, Social, and Governance investing is a strategy you can use to […]
Hedge Funds vs ETFs, Passive vs Active,70s Inflation vs Now, & Commodities vs CTAs with Simplify’s Mike Green
What exactly does a chief strategist do? Besides picking fights with Bitcoin HODLers on Twitter… And how exactly does one of the most prominent voices on the dangers of too much passive money trying to fit into a single asset classes on/off ramps, end up at….wait for it….an ETF shop? We aim to find out in this episode with Simplify’s Chief Strategist and […]
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