This week’s guest may be new to Twitter (@nancy__davis), but she’s certainly not new to the wide world of volatility in all its wonderous “fruit” forms, including of course rates and fixed income volatility. In this Derivative episode, Jeff sits down with one of the “100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance,” Nancy Davis. Nancy, […]
In this week’s episode, Jeff talks with StoneX’s Global Macro Strategist, Vincent Deluard @VincentDeluard, who authors weekly research reports on global macro trends, asset flows, European capital markets, and quantitative topics. We catch him literally right after the Fed hikes 75bps, and learn quickly that Lagarde was an accomplished synchronized swimmer and that having a […]
May felt like a maelstrom in the moment but produced forgetful market activity. Equities continued their fall from grace, yet volatility remained muted which created a difficult environment for some VOL strategies. US bonds spent most of the month in a relief rally only to produce flat returns. Commodities were a mixed bag with grains […]
We’re taking flight and zooming over to the big bend for a cheerio chat with Charlie McGarraugh, an ex-midwesterner turned londonite. Charlie is the Chief Strategy Officer at Blockchain.com and has an impressive resume as a former mortgage-backed securities trader, head of metals at Goldman, founder of an algo sports betting company, and more. In […]
Wait a second… Managed Futures can go down? Stocks and Bonds can go up? May showed us it is never quite that easy for asset classes to continue printing positive month after positive month (or negative after negative month) into infinity. Trends do end. Reversals do happen. Value buyers come in. Profit takers take profits. […]
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