Category: Why Alternatives?

01 May 2019

Opening the door to China Trading

If you’re anything like us,  posts like this explaining just how different China is than things here in the U.S. never cease to amaze: This is the Shanghai-Beijing train going at 350 km/h As @yfreemark said: “The distance between NYC and Chicago is almost exactly that between Beijing and Shanghai. NYC-CHI is served by 1 […]

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01 May 2019
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: April 2019

What do you get for 4 straight months of positive performance and an annualized rate of return of nearly 15%. Nearly run out of town, it turns out, with the hedge funds are under performing drums getting louder and louder of late as traditional stock and real estate investments soar (50% annualized returns). Case in […]

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11 Apr 2019

Winter (aka Vanguard) is Coming for Managed Futures?

No, we didn’t miss this headline. And we haven’t just been hiding our heads under a rock pretending to not have seen it. We definitely saw the news of Vanguard launching a commodities product. But unlike Josh Brown, this doesn’t seem like “lights out” for the managed futures space. Vanguard is coming for the managed […]

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09 Apr 2019

3.5 million derivatives trades per hour

We like to highlight the Futures Industry Association (FIA) annual volume study every year, and were excited to see that global derivatives trading volume hit an all-time record in 2018. There were 30.3 Billion (with a B) global futures and options traded in 2018. That’s about 83 million trades per day, 3.5 million per hour, […]

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28 Feb 2019

Decoding: Myths in Alternative Investments

We love this quote by Blackrock, “A lot of misunderstanding surrounds alternative investments. Some investors still think of them as high-risk, exotic funds reserved for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and institutions. However, the reality is that alternatives had a place in nearly every portfolio.” There’s a certain cloud of “unknown” that shrouds alternative investments, perpetrated by the […]

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19 Feb 2019

Thank You: RCM Wins Best IB Award for 6th Consecutive Year

We work hard around here…. real hard. Now, it’s not without a little fun now and again, but day in and day out we’re getting to work doing research, building technology, and forging relationships with our clients and the alternative investment managers they invest in. We don’t do it for awards or recognition… who even knew […]

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15 Feb 2019

A review of 2018 predictions, and a look into 2019

We’re out with our annual Managed Futures/Global Macro Outlook, reviewing what went down on a macro level in 2018, while peering into what the market environment may look like for this asset class in 2019. For a sneak peek, check out our attempt at boiling down the last 10 years of experience in the asset class […]

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