Category: Why Alternatives?

21 Apr 2020

Asset Class Scoreboard: Mid-April 2020

Earlier this month we reported on asset class performance: March 2020: Red Wedding Version; and as far as YTD is concerned, it’s the Red Wedding Part 2. But for mid-month asset class performance on it’s own, we’re seeing some positive growth fueled by stimulus checks and increasing confidence from American investors — and to be […]

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15 Apr 2020

March Manager Performance Snapshot

Commodity  Program  Last Month  YTD Minimum Cayler CapitalQ 14.94% 18.72% 125K Red Rock Commodity Long Short 13.16% 25.15% 500K Jaguar AegirQ  9.14% 10.79% 1MM Aquantum Commodity 3.58% 7.87% 5MM Aquantum EnergyQ 2.20% 7.46% 5MM Emil Van Essen SpreadQ  -1.17% -15.66% 5MM Auspice Short TermQ -1.27% 0.17% 5MM Caerus Group Oil Futures Trading Program -1.64% -18.06% 200K […]

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13 Apr 2020

The Principles of VIX Trading

The early world of VIX trading can be closely likened to the wild, wild West – or as some say – fun. Competition was lower, there were less algos and AI integration, and overall had lower volume and liquidity. And now – the VIX is an established and globally recognized gauge of U.S. equity market […]

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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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01 Apr 2020

Asset Class Scoreboard: (red wedding version) March 2020

March was ugly, like real ugly. Here was a live (somewhat dramatized via GOT look in around the lows on March 23rd):    It was a red wedding to be sure, with not just red across the board, but deep, dramatic shades of red. Like, the DOW with its worst first quarter ever shades […]

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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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