Category: Why Alternatives?

25 Mar 2020

S&P Down, VIX Down – what gives?

If anyone doesn’t know yet based off this month, and VIXmageddon in 2018, and the 2008 financial crisis – the VIX, or fear index as it’s known to have been called from time to time, rises quite rapidly when the stock market falls. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but the primary one […]

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23 Mar 2020

Capturing the Global Sell-Off with Deep Field Capital

With seemingly insane bouts of market volatility making headlines for more than a month now, with this company and that strategy losing double digit percentages as markets continue to fall; our team has been fielding a ton of callings asking who’s been capturing a crazy market like this. We’ve also somehow found the time to […]

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16 Mar 2020

The BEST VIX/Volatility Follows on Twitter

It’s a crazy time…. like, VIX at highest levels since 2008 crazy…   Who do you listen to about this spike? Who knows how out of whack the VIX curve is? What spreads look like… and what this all may mean for markets…. We’ve gathered up a list of top twitter follows for these crazy […]

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09 Mar 2020

Is $15 Crude Oil in the Cards?

On Wednesday. March 4th -April Crude Oil futures closed at 46.78, which left it down -22% on the year… not a good look. Monday, March 9th at 12:30 in the morning, Crude Oil was down -41.6% from that ugly close just 2 business days earlier, putting in a low at $27.34 !!  Wow. That is […]

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04 Mar 2020

How’s your (Alts) Portfolio Doing?

Last week was a great time to look in the (portfolio) mirror and ask yourself what you see. As Taylor Pearson of Mutiny put it succinctly on Twitter: If the stock market dropping 5% causes you to freak out, it’s probably a good time to re-evaluate either/both: 1. The effectiveness of your portfolio’s diversification 2. […]

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25 Feb 2020

5th Biggest VIX spike past 20 years?

Did that feel like the 5th scariest day in the markets the past 20 years to anyone? Sure didn’t here in our shop, with groups like Breakout Funds, Deepfield, and others scoring gains on the Covid-19 fueled sell off. But the VIX saw it’s 5th largest spike on a daily basis in the past 20 […]

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20 Feb 2020

January Manager Performance Snapshot

We field a bunch of calls at the start of each month asking how that hedge fund, this emerging manager, and that mutual fund did last month, and thought to simplify things for you with this categorized list of different alternative investment performance for the month gone by. Note: These performance numbers and calculations include […]

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12 Feb 2020

What would you put in a 100-year Portfolio?

A simple question, really. But not one we read much about in today’s world of instant gratification and investments jettisoned at the first signs of stress. So, when we were sent the latest research piece by Chris Cole of Artemis, we dug in (you can read the piece here). Now, Cole loves him some animal […]

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