06 Aug 2013

Forget the VIX – look at Global Market Volatility

Our friends at Chadwick Investment Group are out with a short research piece talking about how the VIX doesn’t really get the job done for analyzing whether the volatility environment is good or bad for managed futures:. The rest of their piece is a nice ‘back to the basics’ look at how volatility in multiple markets affects trend following returns, including some charts showing global volatility back near pre-crisis 2007 levels. Here’s to hoping that is a spring being loaded up with tension about to pop like it did in 2008…

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06 Aug 2013

The ‘Problem’ with Liquid Alternatives – in one nice Table

Adding ‘alternatives’ to your portfolio has never been as easy as today with the plethora of so called ‘liquid alternatives’, or mutual funds specializing in alternative investments such as mutual funds, which has made it even easier to separate the naive from their money. Principal Group explains all you ever need to know about managed futures in your portfolio in just a couple sentences. (heavy on the sarcasm).

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14 Aug 2013

John Henry buying the Newspaper Drawdown?

John Henry must not be hurting too bad from his eponymous managed futures program’s closing down in 2012, as the futures industry hall of famer recently made headlines for buying the Boston Globe from the New York Times for $70 Million. And while the days of hearing John Henry’s name mentioned alongside managed futures or commodities trading are most likely done with, it was nice to see a few publications thrust managed futures into the spotlight

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16 Aug 2013

Zilmax doing zilcho to Cattle futures?

Organic food lovers and animal rights activists alike are celebrating after a domino effect of large players doing away with the growth inducing drug Zilmax, partially because the cattle were so big they struggled to move. While this hasn’t effected cattle futures, one meat trader we work with put in a position due to the news. Here’s the logic behind it all.

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21 Aug 2013

EuroDollars: the Biggest Market You’ve Never Heard of

What’s the most common futures market in nearly every managed futures portfolio we run across? The Eurodollar. While many mistake it as the official currency of the European Union, it actually refers to the US dollars deposited abroad. EuroDollar futures contracts are derivatives on the interest rate paid on those deposits. So why are million’s of these contracts being traded a day?

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