Category: Markets

26 Sep 2018

Hedge Fund Investors Great Reset

We talked a few weeks ago about ‘Why There’s Trillions in Hedge Funds with Stocks at All Time Highs’, and read with interest Barry Ritholtz’s Bloomberg piece lamenting “missing hedge fund performance”. We tweeted out our thoughts: It’s more of a function of hedge fund vol dropping below equity volatilityhttps://t.co/fRFhoeJzuC https://t.co/QWjIFlXYWN — RCM Alternatives (@rcmAlts) […]

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13 Sep 2018

Hurricanes and Markets

With Hurricane Florence barrling down on the Carolinas as we type this… we rounded up all our past musings on how hurricanes and markets have gotten along in the past. Hang in there Carolinians (is that a thing), we’ll be rooting for you.   HARVEY, IRMA, AND THE FUTURE OF WEATHER VOLATILITY   THE CLIMATE […]

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12 Sep 2018

Where’s the Wheat?

A drive across farming states of the US has a different look than it did maybe 20 years ago, but we’re not talking about shopping malls having popped up where there used to be a farm. We’re talking about the drive from say Cleveland to Dallas seeing less and less wheat – those famous “amber […]

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10 Sep 2018

Looking Backward, Thinking Forward

Here’s the Chicago Board of Trade’s trading floor sometime in the 1990s. Down there in that mass of humanity and paper and colored coats were dozens of clerks.  These were (mostly) young people getting a foothold in the industry. Learning the ropes from the bottom rung. Interns, if you will, who weren’t just leaning how […]

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20 Aug 2018

Set Phasers to ‘Systematic’

We had always assumed William Shatner had made a killing being the spokesperson for Priceline (now known as Booking Holdings $BKNG) , with the stock being one of the best performers in the US market over the past 10 years, up about 1,900% (yeah, with a comma). Here’s that price action:   Problem is (well, […]

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14 Aug 2018

The huge world of farm subsidies:

We talked a bit ago in our piece “Are Tariffs a Black Swan” about the effect tariffs have had on Soybean prices – causing them to fall about -20% from their levels in the spring, but haven’t had a chance to get back into that debate after Mr. Trump announced a plan to make up […]

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