Category: Markets

27 Jul 2020

So, you want a Risk Parity investment?

Special purpose acquisition companies, volatility arbitrage, black box AI. There’s no shortage of complexity in the alternative investment space. Which is perhaps why “All Weather” Risk Parity strategies have grabbed the attention of the institutional investor ilk; and started to leak into the mainstream investor mindset. Even robo-advisor Wealthfront offered a (rather misguided [1]) risk […]

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23 Jul 2020

Seeking (VIX) Certainty with Certeza’s Brett Nelson

In a #ThrowbackThursday of sorts, we’re bringing you an episode recorded pre-pandemic where we hit the road and traveled to Utah to interview the brain behind Certeza Asset Management, Founder and CIO – Brett Nelson. Brett is another guest deserving of the moniker VIXpert – having been trading the VIX since it first entered the […]

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22 Jul 2020

Hi Ho Silver

Move over Nasdaq…Bitcoin…please. Boring, 1000’s of years old as a store of value, Silver has been making the rounds this week, shooting up about 15% this week (it’s Wednesday). Bitcoiners checking the silver chart after being excited about $BTC going up 2% pic.twitter.com/SAz7SB1HAw — Soleil Du Soir (@soleil_dusoir9) July 22, 2020 What’s more? Gold’s boring […]

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14 Jul 2020

Seeking Options Expertise

There was an interesting back and forth between our own Jeff Malec and Sean Brown of YCharts on a recent episode of ‘The Derivative’, talking what the responsibilities of a FinTech software platform are in terms of balancing nice looking GUIs and gamifying investing, and the responsibility to make sure that the users actually know […]

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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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29 Jun 2020

Do Hedge Funds Suck?

We got off a call with an investor the other day who mentioned that the past two+ years have been a great microcosm of different full cycle market environments – with: 2018 = SPY -4.56% = a down stock market in 2018, including the volatility explosion in Feb of 2018 and odd sell off with […]

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25 Jun 2020

$TVIX gets Terminated – What^%$#

Similar to how we quickly grabbed some experts to discuss Crude Oil going negative, we grabbed some VIX experts as soon as the news hit this week that Credit Suisse was pulling the plug on one of the biggest VIX tracking exchange traded products. What will this do to VIX futures volume, liquidity, and the […]

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