Category: Volatility

05 Aug 2020

Just a Spoonful of (Beta) Sugar

Our own Jeff Malec relayed a story on a recent podcast (if you haven’t checked our The Derivative yet…get on over there) about telling his 10 year old son that “we’ve been in drawdown your whole life”. He was referring to managed futures, of course, and this rather un-even, lumpy, lots of flat/red bars chart […]

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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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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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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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05 Jun 2020

Navigating Market Volatility

$VIX lovers/followers/haters/enthusiasts – this one’s for you. In this episode, we’re joined by a powerhouse group of volatility experts consisting of Kevin Davitt, Wayne Himelsein, Jason Buck, and Bastian Bolesta & Jeff Malec discussing Navigating Market Volatility. Providing more than just witty banter, you’ll to these guys talk about how crazy volatility was during March/April, […]

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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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26 Apr 2020

Valuing VIX and Volatility with Joe Tigay

VIX and volatility are buzz words that every trader knows, thinks about, and maybe even utilizes. But VIX and volatility are subjects to not be taken too lightly – experts like Joe Tigay of Equity Armor Investments have spent years and years perfecting an understanding of the VIX curve, skew, and timing to get in […]

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09 Apr 2020

Trading Chinese Futures Markets with Abingdon Global

The Chinese market is a sleeping/awakening/already awake dragon that cannot be ignored. Their futures market had the highest trade volumes in the world last year, the amount of liquid cash available in the country as a whole, and the opportunity of the emerging market (throwing back to circa 70/80s US market) with high volatility. And […]

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