Category: Macro Commentary

01 Jul 2020
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: June 2020

In exchange for being one of the only assets up in Q1, would you trade being down in Q2?  That’s the position managed futures finds itself in after a 2nd straight month of being the only red on the board. Elsewhere, it was RISK ON across the board – although at much smaller levels than […]

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02 Jun 2020

Tail Risk Hedging, Part IV

We’ve been talking about alternative investments that perform in a crisis for as long as we can remember. We typically refer to these as ‘long volatility’ type investments, that prefer and perform in periods of increasing market volatility. But we have also thrown around the terms crisis period performer (as opposed to absolute return performer). […]

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02 Jun 2020
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: May 2020

Commodities were the story of May — doing a full 180,  reversing from double-digit loses to posting double-digit returns on the back of Crude Oil rallying from its dip into negative territory. But both US Stocks and World Stocks continuing their bounce off the lows was a close second billing – with US Stocks back […]

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27 May 2020

The Great Tail Risk Debate

In case you missed it this weekend, there was a big debate/mudslinging argument going on between alternative investing titans Nassim Taleb and Cliff Asness on Twitter over the long weekend. The quick summary was Asness of AQR fame essentially saying Tail Risk funds such as Taleb’s are dumb, and while work every now and then, […]

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24 Apr 2020

Chinese Futures Volumes During Coronavirus

Not too long ago we wrote about how Chinese futures volumes had joined the BILLION contracts club, of interest to us in that we’ve been involved for a few years now on getting US and European quant models implemented on these exact Chinese markets for Chinese investors. The idea is that the nascent (but quickly […]

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26 Jun 2019

Up is down, forwards is backwards, Alpha is Beta

The good folks over at Transtrend (the 12th largest managed futures program in our top 100 managers infographic) are out with a new research piece via the CME that throws the whole Alpha concept out the window. They agree with the classical definition of Alpha as the amount of return not explained by the chosen […]

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