Category: Macro Commentary

25 Mar 2020

S&P Down, VIX Down – what gives?

If anyone doesn’t know yet based off this month, and VIXmageddon in 2018, and the 2008 financial crisis – the VIX, or fear index as it’s known to have been called from time to time, rises quite rapidly when the stock market falls. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but the primary one […]

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23 Mar 2020

Capturing the Global Sell-Off with Deep Field Capital

With seemingly insane bouts of market volatility making headlines for more than a month now, with this company and that strategy losing double digit percentages as markets continue to fall; our team has been fielding a ton of callings asking who’s been capturing a crazy market like this. We’ve also somehow found the time to […]

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04 Mar 2020

How’s your (Alts) Portfolio Doing?

Last week was a great time to look in the (portfolio) mirror and ask yourself what you see. As Taylor Pearson of Mutiny put it succinctly on Twitter: If the stock market dropping 5% causes you to freak out, it’s probably a good time to re-evaluate either/both: 1. The effectiveness of your portfolio’s diversification 2. […]

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25 Feb 2020

5th Biggest VIX spike past 20 years?

Did that feel like the 5th scariest day in the markets the past 20 years to anyone? Sure didn’t here in our shop, with groups like Breakout Funds, Deepfield, and others scoring gains on the Covid-19 fueled sell off. But the VIX saw it’s 5th largest spike on a daily basis in the past 20 […]

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04 Feb 2020

Move over Bitcoin – $TSLA is here

Maybe you’re one of those passive investors who doesn’t follow individual names… Maybe you’ve been stuck on an island talking to a volleyball. Whatever your reason – if you haven’t seen the price action in Tesla $TSLA shares this year – you’re missing one heck of a show. It’s like 400 million people in China […]

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22 Jan 2020

Will we ever stop talking about the VIX?

We’re honestly not totally sure if we’ll ever stop talking about the VIX. We correctly guessed (not that hard) the VIX was going to be a big part of the 2019 conversation, and we’re back 365 days later in our Managed Futures Outlook 2020 talking about it again: … did anything really change in terms […]

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16 Jan 2020
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Why Politics and Systematic Trading Don’t Mix

In an outtake from our Managed Futures Outlook 2020 – we can’t ignore the effect that politics have had on systematic trading programs over the past year or so.  Something that could take a toll in the year to come…. Trade wars, new presidents and new economic policies or the impending Brexit vote will have […]

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02 Dec 2019
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: November 2019

While it sure doesn’t seem like it given how high most asset classes have risen this year, a full 5 of the 8 asset classes we track were down in November (albeit slightly). The wet season and late harvesting had put a big damper on commodities especially in November, and U.S. Real Estate has taken […]

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04 Nov 2019

Asset Class Scoreboard: October 2019

Last year at this time we were labeling the asset class scoreboard Red October due to dismal returns by nearly every class. So, what should we label it now?  Pos-i-tober…..? Mehh, we’ll keep working on the name while Managed Futures needs to get to work on creating some positive returns. Hopefully we finish out the […]

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03 Oct 2019

Talking Profit and Loss at Profit and Loss

RCM’s Jeff Malec was able to sit down on a panel at Profit & Loss magazine’s annual Forex Network conference here in Chicago, to talk profit and loss in the managed futures/macro space (Which sort of reminds us of the new Allstate commercial talking about being a tailgator tailgating on the way to a tailgate). […]

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