Category: Why Alternatives?

26 Sep 2019

There’s Something Wrong with your Unicorn IPO

It’s like Lord Voldemort himself is running around the stock exchanges these days sucking Unicorn blood to stay alive. The latest victim is Peloton ($PTON), lovingly known as a screen on a bike from those on the short side (borrowed from the camera on a stick schtick that was the GoPro IPO). It can’t even […]

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24 Sep 2019

A thoughtful VIXperiment

We’ve all been rather trained to be very cautious around the VIX, you know – with infographics like this one showing you’ll likely lose all your money and VIXmageddon last February and all. But those who trade the VIX don’t just buy the VIX and hope for the best, or sell it and pray there’s […]

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16 Sep 2019

Crude Traders…. Remember the Middle East?

Like a Fresh Prince of Bel Air flashback from the early 1990s, middle east violence and geopolitical fears shot back into commodity traders’ lexicon yesterday – with Oil spiking nearly 20% on news there was a coordinated drone attack against Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. The fantastical headlines by the likes of CNBC followed shortly after: […]

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11 Sep 2019

August 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. Check out the August performance snapshot below:  […]

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05 Sep 2019

We’re back baby

It’s hard to concentrate too hard in Chicago today, you know – with the Bears and Packers facing off for the 195th time at Soldier Field tonight and the NFL taking over half the city in the hours-long buildup. If you want to talk a good long term investment, Halas bought the Bears for about […]

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03 Sep 2019
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: August 2019

Look who’s up there enjoying the double party after a strong August. It’s Managed futures turning in the negatively correlated performance people yearn for in a bumpy month for stocks. US real estate continues to go bonkers, while commodities and bonds are perhaps the biggest surprise YTD near 10% gains. Hedge Funds, meanwhile, continue to […]

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22 Aug 2019

A different angle to the China story

While everyone is talking about the risks in China, with them ratcheting up stakes in the trade war with a Yuan devaluation, and threatening troops in Hong Kong to squash protests, many in the quant space are busy analyzing the Chinese markets for investment opportunities. Now, we’re not talking about picking the next Tencent IPO […]

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20 Aug 2019

Risk Parity + Trend Following = ?

Bridgewater & Associates is commonly known as the world’s largest hedge fund, with more than $140 Billion in assets under management and close to 1,500 employees. Its founder Ray Dalio is about as eccentric as you would expect from the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund – penning his own manifesto, and installing a […]

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15 Aug 2019

Hedge Fund Fees: Should 1 or 30 be the new 2 & 20

For as long as anyone can remember, the classic hedge fund fee structure has been two and twenty. Or more formally, a 2% annual management fee and a 20% performance fee. The management fee is to allow for the manager to operate their business, invest in technology, and pay their quants. The performance fee is […]

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