In the chaotic world we’ve endured since 2020, it turns out all you needed was an outlier loving strategy to get you through the storm. We’re talking managed futures and trend following in particular, which tend to thrive in periods of turmoil. But how can you effectively prepare for a wide range of market environments […]
At first, August looked like it would continue this bear market rally, but the trend kicked back in. Led by bonds dropping, the world started pricing in a stronger fed stance. Stocks turned over, and the dollar strengthened. Stock volatility (i.e., VIX) rose but in a more orderly way, making it challenging for some long volatility […]
It’s not every day you get to sit down with a Volatility veteran with over 30 years of experience…..Well, maybe it’s a bit more common here on the Derivative than elsewhere, but we’ve got a special treat with Ari Bergmann(@AriBergmann) joining Jeff on this week’s Derivative episode. Listen in as they dive into where to […]
For those lucky few who’ve sold a business, inherited wealth, or otherwise find themselves in the enviable position of staying wealthy, not getting wealthy – the investment game can be more about playing defense than going on offense. But how do you go about that, who do you partner with to figure out complex tax […]
Summer’s nearly over and class is definitely back in session for this episode, as we’re about to get schooled on options and trying to separate the scams from the science. This week we’re delivering the long-awaited episode with Dr. Benn Eifert(@bennpeifert), a Derivative appointed Jedi of Volatility from QVR Advisors, and Dr. David Rhoiney(@FiSurgi), who […]
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