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The Derivative

By RCM Alternatives
Welcome to The Derivative by RCM Alternatives, where we dive into what makes alternative investments go, analyze the strategies of unique hedge fund managers, and chat with interesting guests from across the investment world. Hosted by RCM Managing Partner, Jeff Malec, join us to take a ride through the world of alternative investments.
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Trend Following Crypto with Leigh Drogen of Starkiller​
What should we make of the recent crypto crash?  A sign this is all a scam? Or just another dip in the cycle? Gather round; you're in for an interesting chat with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Disciple on Twitter @LDrogen. A Long Island surfer turned quant turned crypto fund manager who shows us how you have to be able to hold two separate thoughts in your head to succeed in the wild world of crypto. We're hanging ten and talking Crypto with Starkiller Capital's Leigh Drogen. In this episode, Jeff and Leigh bond over their love of skiing, the inception of Starkiller, how he's doing trend-following on a portfolio of coins with dynamic yield farming. Jeff gets Leigh to dive deep on the long list of warts in crypto: shadow banking, yield swaps, yolo trades, Ponzi schemes – but also wants to know what the real opportunities are. They then talk just how you can do trend following on assets so volatile, how you even start to go about doing due diligence in this space, and how to hedge the book. Plus, Leigh's in the hot seat giving us his views for preparing for the next 10x cycle — SEND IT! Chapters: 00:00-01:44 = Intro 01:45-10:50 = Big Wave Surfing, Skiiing & Montana scenery 10:51-31:45 = The Warts of Crypto: Shadow banking, Yield Swaps, Yolo trades & Ponzi schemes 31:46-43:19 = Trading the coins: Trend following in the Volatile Crypto space 43:20-58:02 = Hedging the book, Coin rewards & farming for extra yields and liquidity 58:03-01:09:57 = Managing Risk & Stepping into the pool with a hazmat suit 01:09:58-01:16:11 = Hottest take: Preparing for the next 10x cycle Follow along with Leigh on Twitter @LDrogen and @StarkillerCap and for more information visit www.starkiller.capital Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:16:11
June 30, 2022
TIPS, Options & Rates. Increased Volatility environments with Nancy Davis
This week's guest may be new to Twitter (@nancy__davis), but she's certainly not new to the wide world of volatility in all its wonderous “fruit” forms, including of course rates and fixed income volatility. In this Derivative episode, Jeff sits down with one of the "100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance," Nancy Davis. Nancy, who started her career at Goldman Sachs, is the founder of Quadratic Capital, portfolio manager for the IVOL and BNDD ETFs, and a frequent finance commentator on Bloomberg and CNBC. In this engaging chat, Nancy is talking TIPS (inflation, duration exposure, plus real yields, and yield curve control), debit card vs credit card investing, why most bond investors are short mortgage calls, the purpose of IVOL, the day-to-day of running an ETF (the Vanguard of Convexity), a mother's love for options, what it takes to make it as a female in finance, why having a P&L is the key to meritocracy, and much more. Plus, we're playing two truths and a lie where we find out if she has a strong poker face or if that's just a reference to her doppelganger — SEND IT! Chapters: 00:00-01:29 = Intro 01:30-20:26 = Everything TIPS: a single inflation index, duration exposure, real yields & yield curve control 20:27-30:56 = Debit Card Investing: Risk Management budgets & Orders of Operation 30:57-47:31 = The Purpose of IVOL, Mortgage rates & Bond portfolios, & Rate Risk vs Spread risk 47:32-55:13 = Running an ETF: The Vanguard of Convexity 55:14-01:04:58 = Goldman’s not a Squid, A mothers love for Options & What it takes to make it 01:04:59-01:12:17 = Two Truths & a Lie: Gaga edition Follow Nancy on Twitter @nancy__davis and for more information on Quadratic Capital visit quadraticllc.com Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:12:17
June 23, 2022
It’s Not a Fed Put, it’s a Fed Short Call! And more inflation thoughts with StoneX’s Vincent Deluard
In this week's episode, Jeff talks with StoneX's Global Macro Strategist, Vincent Deluard @VincentDeluard, who authors weekly research reports on global macro trends, asset flows, European capital markets, and quantitative topics. We catch him literally right after the Fed hikes 75bps, and learn quickly that Lagarde was an accomplished synchronized swimmer and that having a French accent sure helps selling “French” wine in China. But what about that Fed hike? Are we saved? Are we doomed?  Who’s got the cleanest dirty shirt in the global economy this time around? In this fun chat, Vincent talks about inflation, deflation, stagflation, and even some greenflation….but don’t insult him by saying he’s an economist. He’s a researcher, making calls and taking stands. We dig into his early inflation call, what different Inflation hedges look like, his unhappiness with Silver, commodity supercycles, the ticking corporate debt timebomb, a potential short squeeze to end all short squeezes in the Japanese Yen, and so much more! Vincent also gives us a hot take...that the real pain is yet to come?! Yikes..except he does it all with a smile and charm. SEND IT! Chapters: 00:00-01:50 = Intro 01:51-09:32 = Le Tour de France, selling fake French wine & a Live Fed report breakdown 09:33-22:20 = Inflation is here to stay, Stagflation, Deflation & why Japan is a sample size of 1 22:21-35:06 = You’re not Long a Fed Put, the Fed’s Short Gas Price Calls 35:07-50:29 = Inflation Hedges, Energy as the best driver & Commodity super cycles 50:30-57:43 = Companies aren’t going to be able to cover the debt service, joining Toxic blobs 57:44-01:17:23 = World Tour: Japan, Swiss Milkshakes, Norway, China, Brazil - & Pick your fighter 01:17:24-01:27:47 = Hottest Take: Real pain & a Second Leg Down Follow along with Vincent on Twitter @VincentDeluard and check out StoneX.com for more information.  Also, don't forget to check out Vincent's Global Macro reports and sign up for a free trial! Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:27:47
June 16, 2022
Algorithmic Sports Betting, Trading Metals to Trending Commodities, & Crypto’s Future with Charlie McGarraugh of Blockchain.com
We're taking flight and zooming over to the big bend for a cheerio chat with Charlie McGarraugh, an ex-midwesterner turned londonite. Charlie is the Chief Strategy Officer at Blockchain.com and has an impressive resume as a former mortgage-backed securities trader, head of metals at Goldman, founder of an algo sports betting company, and more. In this episode, Charlie dives into living across the pond (in the metals and commodities space), starting the world's LARGEST Bitcoin wallet (and selling it to blockchain.com), what's going on in the Crypto space and what's to come, and rebuilding and retooling a robust trend following CTA like Altis. This episode is hotter than your favorite Fish'N'Chips — SEND IT! Chapters: 00:00-02:07 = Intro 02:08-16:26 = Is Goldman a Vampire Squid?  Living across the pond in the metals & commodities space 16:27-28:50 = Starting the world's largest Bitcoin wallet, selling to and joining Blockchain.com 28:51-46:22 = Crypto Carnage? What's going on in the Crypto space and what's to come 46:23-01:03:50 = Atlis: Rebuilding & Retooling a robust trend following CTA 01:03:51-01:08:08 = Hottest Take: Ether on the highs ---- Follow along with Charlie on Twitter @CMcgarraugh and for more information check out blockchain.com  Watch & Listen to Part II of What happens in Vegas... Gets dished on this pod. Overheard at a Derivatives Conference on the Mutiny Funds podcast and if you haven't yet, check out Part 1 Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:08:08
June 09, 2022
What happens in Vegas…. Gets Dished on this Pod. Overheard at a Derivatives Conference, Part 1
Viva Las EQ Derivatives... This week Jeff journeys back to the Windy City from Sin City, where he is joined by a special guest, Mutiny's very own Jason Buck @JasonMutiny. In this episode, they give essential insight into this unique conference for options traders, hedge funds, and insurers. They break down everything you need to know about the event and key takeaways like what was being said, what wasn't said, and what caught their attention. Jason and Jeff dive into topics like; the vibes at EQD, Russian Energy, Commodity supercycles, Multi-Assets including Hedges/Risk Premia, Backtesting, Puts & Dips, the unknown (unknowns), the smartest guys in Vol, and so much more. But the fun doesn't end there...we're putting a part-2 to this discussion on Jason's Mutiny Investing Podcast! So go check it out on your favorite podcast platform, Apple, Spotify, whatever you got...SEND IT! Chapters: 00:00-01:50 = Intro 01:51-16:08 = Vegas Vibes, Russian Energy, "Greenflation", term structure, Carry, & Commodity super cycles 16:09-27:36 = Multi-Asset Hedges, Risk Premia, Back testing, Puts & Dips 27:37-48:04 = The Unknown Unknowns: Skew is crashing, global risks, sell-offs, inflation, & the smartest guys in long Vol 48:05-58:19 = Liquidity & the S&P Index, Dispersion, & the end game for Supply of Derivative tools Follow along with Jason on Twitter @JasonMutiny and @MutinyFunds and for information on Mutiny Funds visit mutinyfund.com Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn, and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
58:20
June 02, 2022
Wine as an Asset Class: Demands, Dilemmas, & Distribution with Vinovest's Anthony Zhang
You're driving down the winding roads of Napa Valley, visiting the countless wineries, taking in the beautiful scenery, and enjoying the various pairings of meats, cheeses, and palate cleansers... But that’s not all that pairs well with wine. This week Anthony Zhang, an ambitious entrepreneur who created Vinovest, gives us the inside scoop on how wine is so much more than just those ‘soft’ descriptors, and can actually be considered an asset class. Even if Jeff asks… really? Is it really scalable and doable for large investors? It's no coincidence we're dropping this week's pod the day after National Wine Day. Grab yourself a glass of vino as Anthony aerates topics like; starting a company from a dorm room, getting paid to skip college, how wine gains value, why wine doesn't need a token for Crypto, coping with paraplegia, and his outlook ahead. Plus, he gives us an exclusive insight into finding a gem within the wine list. This episode will make you want to sip, savor, and repeat — enjoy! Chapters: 00:00-01:58 = Intro 01:59-17:46 = Side hustle turned startup, a Thiel Fellow & the Entrepreneur's Trap 17:47-30:16 = Vinovest: Wine as an Asset Class 30:17-41:12 = Supply Dilemmas, Moving the crop, Do/Don't Embrace Technology & How wine gets value 41:13-51:03 = Crypto? Why Wine doesn't need a Token 51:04-56:49 = Beating Paraplegia and how to interact with the handicapped 56:50-01:10:55 = What would you invest in: Assets vs Wine / Finding the gem in the wine list Follow Along with Anthony on Twitter @anthony_j_zhang and Vinovest @vinovest1 and check out vinovest.co for more information. Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn, and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:10:55
May 26, 2022
Vol Arb, Rates Vol, Dispersion, & Risk Premium. Part II with Noel Smith
We're back for part two with Noel Smith – where we dig into the types of options and volatility strategies, he employs for his Convex AM hedge fund.  For the background on why he’s worth listening to on that front, listen to Part 1 about marketing making on the CBOE floor, Getco, and more here: https://youtu.be/XCeN56HgT68 Noel’s deep options expertise has led Convex AM to a four pillars approach to volatility trading: Vol Arb, Dispersion, Risk Premium, and Bond Vol Arb. In this episode, you will learn ideas and best practices from a lifetime of professional trading and how the Convex AM team bundles these four pillars to offer them to outside investors. Noel also takes a deeper dive into the current macro environment we're in and how it impacts his trading (or should we say how he lets it affect his trading), option and market maker gamma hedging, what exactly is Bond Vol Arb, how to trade it and why it is in a portfolio, and more! Plus, we couldn't close out this two-part segment without a little fun. We ask Noel to play two truths and a lie. So, stay tuned to find out if Noel has done better in real estate or options trading, if he is actively working with Columbia University in their AI department developing their derivative model, and/or if he was the only market maker in the world on a few stocks. SEND IT. Chapters: 00:00-01:51 = Intro 01:52-05:25 = Constructing a Volatility Trading Program & Driving Your Own Car 05:26-16:52 = The 4 Pillars of Convex AM, providing real Alpha in Vol Arb 16:53-38:28 = The importance of Dispersion & Risk Premium 38:29-49:57 = What is Bond Vol Arb? / Term Structures & the Move Index 49:58-58:12 = Macro thoughts: Flow & Liquidity 58:13-01:08:01 = Two Truths & a Lie Follow along with Noel on Twitter @NoelConvex and for more information check out convexam.com Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn, and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:08:01
May 19, 2022
Setting the Risk Parity Record Straight (it’s NOT just stocks/bonds) with Resolve’s Rodrigo Gordillo and Mike Philbrick
We’re talking with the purveyors of one of the best performing mutual funds thus far in 2022, the dynamically shifting asset allocator, RDMIX (past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results). It hasn’t all been rainbows and lollipops, however, for the ReSolve Asset Management Global team of Rodrigo Gordillo and Mike Philbrick, and they explain why and when a core of Risk Parity should work, and exactly what is and isn’t a Risk Parity approach (hint: it’s not just levered stocks and bonds). In this episode, we're tackling topics like; does anyone actually use 60/40, The RDMIX 50/50 portfolio (50% Risk Parity/50% Alpha Strategies), ensembles of alpha sources, diversification of betas, and asset allocation in general, commodity trend following, return stacking and dispersion, and more. Plus, we're getting personal with Rodrigo and Mike (we even include Adam), and it's up to our host Jeff to decipher what is true and what is not. Chapters: 00:00-02:03 = Intro 02:04-20:19 = Does anyone actually use 60 /40?,  "TIPS", and inflation 20:20-30:25 = No, bonds aren’t the end of Risk Parity, Risk Parity isn’t just Stocks/Bonds 30:26-46:01 = RDMIX’s 50/50 portfolio = 50% in Risk Parity/50% in Alpha Strategies 46:02-01:00:53 = Ensembles, Diversification & Asset Allocation in RDMIX 01:00:54-01:16:13 = Commodity Trend Following, Return Stacking & Dispersion 01:16:14-01:24:54 = Three Truthful/not true, well... Manager "stories" from ReSolve From the Episode: Return Stacking Whitepaper  |   Lunch & Learn webinar with ReSolve Asset Management  |  ReSolve's Riffs Podcast Previous Podcasts: Researching the Risks of Return Stacking  |  Talking Asset Allocation, AI, and the Alpha process with Resolve  Follow along with Rodrigo Gordillo @RodGordilloP & Mike Philbrick @MikePhilbrick99 on Twitter and visit investresolve.com for more info Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn, and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:24:54
May 12, 2022
The Glory Days, Market Making & Trading Options at the CBOE with Noel Smith of Convex AM
This week, we're painting the picture of what life on Chicago's option trading floors was like at the CBOE...but there's a catch — we put it all on the table and needed two episodes! Today's guest came into asset management in a round-about way – trading his own money for decades before venturing into the world of other people's money…We're talking to the one and only Noel Smith @NoelConvex , Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Convex Asset Management. In this two-parter, we're talking everything from the Pets.com and the Sears option pits to singing Janis Joplin's Mercedes song to a down and out trader, to steak dinners at Gibson's and a yacht on Lake Michigan. Along the way, Noel managed to fund the founding of electronic market maker Getco and create a prop firm spanning dozens of pits with 50 traders under him. How does market making in options really work, is gamma-driven delta hedging in option flow as important as FinTwit makes it out to be, and where did the floor trading edge go? It's all here. Chapters: 00:00-01:53 = Intro 01:54-09:05 = Lake Tahoe, Taxes & Thrill Seeking Sports 09:06-28:41 = In the old days, the computer was your brain 28:42-38:24 = Prop trading firms & the rise into High frequency trading 38:25-48-05 = Third Millennium, and Edge in the Quality of Information 48:06-58:14 = How GETCO came to be… Nearly Blowing Out Follow along with Noel Smith on Twitter @NoelConvex and for more information on Convex visit their website: https://www.convexam.com/ Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
58:15
May 05, 2022
Trend Following, Signal Deterioration, & Crypto Modelling With Quant Artur Sepp
This week, we're adding another stamp to our Derivative passport and traveling to Zurich, Switzerland, as we talk to the Head of Systematic Solutions and Portfolio Construction at Sygnum Bank's Asset Management, Artur Sepp @ArturSepp — who specializes in crypto-assets and decentralized finance. Artur has led quantitative research at systematic trend-following hedge fund Quantica Capital, focusing on data-driven investment strategies and asset allocation in global managed futures. In this episode, we dig into his background to discover what it's like being a quant (not as much like TNG character Data as Jeff would like…) and discuss; coding, mathematical modeling, and why statistics matter (testing simple, yet complicated models), the framework of trend following (be sure to download our trend-following guide here), pros and cons of risk premia strategies, quants trying to figure out the short data sets in Crypto and more! Plus, find out where Artur would invest 1K, 1 MM, and 100MM in Crypto. Chapters: 00:00-01:44 = Intro 01:45-10:47 = Coding, Math, Data, Stats - Testing simple, yet complicated models 10:38-38:12 = Framework of Trend following: The Carry, When factors are identified & Why Trend following could fall flat 38:13-42:37 =  Pros & Cons of Risk Premia strategies 42:38-53:38 = Dynamic Trends in Option volumes & Is the VIX dangerous? 53:39-01:13:25 = Quants on Crypto 01:13:26-01:23:44 = What would you invest in? ---- From the Episode: Check out our podcast with Roy Niederhoffer - Making Market Music Follow Artur on Twitter at @ArturSepp and check out his Blog on Quantitative Investment Strategies Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:23:44
April 28, 2022
What’s New about the New -1x/+2x VIX ETFs SVIX and UVIX, w/ Stuart Barton, Jim Carroll & Vance Harwood
A little over four years since 2018’s Volmageddon, and 2 years after TVIX got terminated – two new VIX ETF’s were recently launched – the 1x short VIX exposure SVIX and 2x long VIX exposure UVIX by VelocityShares. What’s different about them, how do they protect against another Feb of 2018 event. We’re going straight to the source(s) to answer those questions and more; chatting up three musketeers of VIX expertise: Stuart Barton CIO of VolatilityShares, Jim Carroll of the @Vixologist Twitter handle, and Six Figure Investing blog writer Vance Harwood. They join us to talk through just what is innovative about this new approach, and why such innovation was necessary. This all-star trio talks us through the plumbing behind these new VIX products (including their new index construction/design, rebalancing methodology, and VIX vs.VIX futures), why all levered ETFs suffer from Volatility drag, why futures based ETFs suffer from Contango, and what can be done about those two issues, knowing the difference between ETPs, ETNs & ETFs, what’s in store for volatility the rest of the year, and everything else having to do with VIX futures. Plus, we get an interesting insight into their hottest takes! Chapters: 00:00-01:28 = Intro 01:29-21:08 = The newly launched UVIX and SVIX – a new (better?) way to Rebalance Daily 21:09-33:21 = The Negative effects of Volatility drag & Leveraged ETFs 33:21-46:17 = The alphabet soup that is ETPs, ETNs & ETFs 46:18-01:01:59 = Benefitting from Volatility drag & the Gamma phenomenon 01:02:00-01:05:16 = Future of Volatility? 01:05:16-01:12:52 = Hottest Takes From the Episode: Check out The Derivate podcast episode: $TVIX gets Terminated – What^%$#    Toroso Advisors  |  Six Figure investing Blog  |  Volatility Shares   Follow along with the guys on Twitter: Jim Carroll @vixologist Vance Harwood @6_Figure_Invest and Stuart Barton @VolatilityStu Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:12:53
April 21, 2022
Using Emotions to Make Better Decisions and Deliver Results with ReThink’s Denise Shull
Forget about not being emotional in your investment process. Tap into those emotions! According to today's guest Denise Shull, that is the recipe for success. Denise is the Founder of the ReThink Group and leverages her neuroscience and modern psychoanalysis background to solve the mental mysteries of successful investing, trading, competing, and leading teams. In this episode, we talk through Denise's days as a trader, the differences between trading and athletic performance, why systematic traders can still use some help from time to time, and of course, all things Winter Olympics [enter gold medal-winning client Lindsey Jacob Ellis], which she still tears up talking about. Tune in to discover the power of using your emotions and having someone like Denise in your corner! Chapters: 00:00-01:33 = Intro 01:34-17:10 = From trading in Chicago to Neuropsychology 17:11-28:54 = The Shull Method: The Value in Emotions 28:55-42:12 = Athletes vs Traders & and whether there’s any "Edge" left? 42:13-55:01 = Lindsey Jacobellis: Processing negative feelings, Visceral intelligence & Intuition 55:02-01:03:03 = How do you invest? Follow along with Denise on Twitter @DeniseKShull and visit The ReThink Group's website for more information About Denise: Denise Shull, ReThink's Founder and CEO, leverages her background in neuroscience and modern psychoanalysis to solve the mental mysteries of successful investing, trading, competing and leading teams. She is known for her uncanny effectiveness in resolving mental blocks and decision conundrums. Her Wall Street career began in 1994 when she joined one of the first electronic trading firms in Chicago. She then traded at Schonfeld Securities before she was recruited to run her own desk at Sharpe Capital in NYC. Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
01:03:02
April 14, 2022
Hedge Funds vs ETFs, Passive vs Active, 70s Inflation vs Now, & Commodities vs CTAs with Simplify's Mike Green
What exactly does a chief strategist do? Besides picking fights with Bitcoin HODLers on Twitter… And how exactly does one of the most prominent voices on the dangers of too much passive money trying to fit into a single asset classes on/off ramps, end up at….wait for it….an ETF shop? We aim to find out in this episode with Simplify's Chief Strategist and Portfolio Manager - the one and only Mike Green - he of Clue character handles, Princess Bride Avatars, and insightful RealVision interviews and macro focused writing pieces. In this fun chat, Mike shares his particular brand of monotone macro mastery with us, but we also dive into his famous anti-XIV trade, role at Simplify, why the ETF structure keeps getting more and more appealing, big boy markets, exchanges and the LME, the inflationary pressures of the '70s vs. today, why 'team transitory' gets a bad rap and quick thoughts on Crypto and NTFs. You're not going to want to miss this jammed-packed episode! Chapters: 00:00-01:25 = Intro 01:26-09:06 = Joining the Navy, College enrollment & Keto Success 09:07-32:46 = Mike and his views on Passive at an ETF shop?  ARKK and identifying a “Flows Beta” 32:47-43:18 = $CTA, the new Managed Futures ETF & Discretionary vs Systematic 43:19-53:35 = CTAs too big, Big Boy Markets, Big Exchanges & the LME 53:36-01:09:24 = Inflationary Pressures: 1970's vs Today, Fragile Systems & Team Transitory 01:09:25-01:14:57 = Quick thoughts on Crypto & NFTs 01:14:58-01:17:33 = Two Truths & a Lie From the episode: Learn more about Mike's background in our previous recorded episode here. Follow along with Mike on Twitter @profplum99 and check out Simplify Asset Management here. Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit www.rcmalternatives.com/disclaimer
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April 07, 2022
Why is intraday trading so hard, Where is the ES liquidity, and When are most market moves happening (overnight), with Deepfield’s CEO, Bastian Bolesta
Who in the right mind would choose to make a living day trading stock index futures? It must be one of the most competitive, most challenging arenas out there with HFT and 10s of billions of dollars in quant strategies chasing alpha. In this week's episode, we're chatting up the founder and CEO of short-term systematic shop Deepfield Capital from Switzerland, who ply their wares on stock index markets from Asia to Europe, the U.S. Bastian also discusses why there is a difference between market movement during the day and overnight sessions, the status of ES liquidity these days, whether less liquidity will bring new opportunities, the science (and art) of strategy research, why VIX futures are tough to trade, and more! Plus, as a bonus, we find out why Bastian dressed in a full head-to-toe Chewbacca costume for a wedding. Chapters: 00:00-01:25 = Intro 01:26-14:20 = A Swiss View on Swiss Neutrality 14:21-29:11 = Is Day trading Stock Indices the hardest game around? 29:12-51:56 = Why is there such a Difference between Market Movement in day and overnight sessions? 51:57-59:42 = Where is ES Liquidity these days? Does less Liquidity bring More Opportunity? 59:43-01:19:00 = The Science (and the Art) of Strategy Research 01:19:01-01:27:45- Why VIX Futures are Really Hard to Trade 01:27:46-01:33:34 = Two Truths & a Lie Follow along with Bastian on Twitter @LongVol_DFC and for any questions email him at info@deepfieldcapital.com About Bastian Bolesta Bastian Bolesta is a founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of Deep Field Capital AG (DFC), a Switzerland-based, independent, purely systematic asset manager, developing and trading niche intraday and short-term systematic programs in global futures and equity markets. DFC's expertise in developing short-term quantitative programs is built on +20 years of independent, proprietary trading. As CEO and member of the Investment & Research Committee, Bastian drives Deep Field's business development and investment process for its systematic investment strategies on the proprietary trading and asset management side. Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter at @rcmAlts and our host Jeff at @AttainCap2, or LinkedIn , and Facebook, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial los