The Derivative

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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Capturing the Global Sell-Off with Bastian Bolesta of Deep Field Capital

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Trading Commodity Volatility – A Woman’s Perspective
Take a listen to our latest podcast to hear why we think trading in and out of different volatility regimes in the commodity markets “like a woman” is a big PLUS. We talk with Kimberly Rios, portfolio manager of the Catalyst Hedged Commodity Strategy Fund about: the CFHIX mutual fund, meeting Muhammad Ali, being a woman in the male dominated asset management world, where commodity option liquidity is, OJ and Nicole Simpson, why buy and hold commodity investing sucks, missing senior prom, seasonality in Corn futures, why female hedge fund managers outperform males, working the Sydney Olympics, and navigating high and low volatility periods with vol as an asset class. The Catalyst Hedged Commodity Strategy Fund seeks to provide positive returns in most market conditions with low correlation to the global equity and commodity markets by investing in dynamic option strategies using physical commodity futures contracts on Crude Oil, Gold, and Corn. Trades focus on volatility, seasonality, technical analysis and price; rather than attempting to forecast where the markets will be in the future. Episode Links: Catalyst Hedged Commodity Strategy Fund page Catalyst Funds Twitter Catalyst Funds LinkedIn Kimberly Rios LinkedIn and email RCM blog post “Asset Class Scoreboard: The Decade” And last but not least, don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter, 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
1:01:47
March 26, 2020
Capturing the Global Sell-Off with Bastian Bolesta of Deep Field Capital
This timely episode gets into just what kind of investment strategy you would have needed to have to capture the huge down move in markets recently and huge spike up in volatility. We talk with Bastian Bolesta, founder and CEO of Swiss-based hedge fund Deep Field Capital, about: designing and implementing effective tail risk strategies, how most of the sell-off has happened in overnight hours, paddle boarding on the Hudson River, whether the “boy” is controlling the machine or the “machine” controlling the boy, Red Cross founder Henry Dunant, the theoretical upper bound of the VIX, squashing the sombrero, and of course…the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Deep Field Capital AG is a purely systematic shop based in Zug, Switzerland trading highly reactive intraday and short-term systematic programs in global futures and equity markets with a positive skew, convex profile in a top-tier institutional setup. They also run a Volatility Arbitrage strategy composed of four different “pillars”: Calendar spreads in the VIX VIX/SP spreads Intraday capture in equity indices Intraday capture in VIX futures Note: If you want to skip straight to strategy/market talk, fast forward to 34:37. Links: Deep Field Materials Deep Field Capital: Quantitative Intraday and Short-term Trading Solutions Deep Field LinkedIn Contact Deep Field Books The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book The Behavioral Investor by Daniel Crosby       And last but not least, don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter, 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
1:37:38
March 19, 2020
Crypto & Bitcoin Lending with Tom Anderson of Drawbridge Lending
A little different than our usual “hedge fund strategy manager” we chat with Tom Anderson – journalist turned trader turned broker turned entrepreneur – who is now President and Chairman of the Board at DrawBridge Lending; a Chicago fintech company focused on lending in the digital asset space. We’ll be talking about loans against crypto and Bitcoin – covering both sides of the (proverbial) coin with lender and investor needs – risk-based financing, “tape recorder Tom”, why having more kids increases your opportunities to live in Australia, crypto term definitions (cold storage, hot walls, custodians,…), and how to access the Bitcoin and crypto space. DrawBridge Lending is a digital asset management company coordinating USD loans on a blockchain, and protecting borrower assets and lender capital using a third-party, qualified and insured custodians, and advanced risk management strategies [video explainer here]. Touted the “next evolution for lending”, DrawBridge is a entrepreneur in the crypto/Bitcoin lending space with low risk and easy access, designed to avoid the hassle of margin calls, hidden fees, and high rates. Episode Links DrawBridge Lending Website DrawBridge Twitter DrawBridge Facebook DrawBridge LinkedIn Tom Anderson LinkedIn And last but not least, don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Twitter, 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
1:06:31
March 12, 2020
Asset Allocation, AI, and the Alpha Process with Resolve Asset Management
We sit down with the three Canadian founders of Resolve Asset Management to talk zebras walking amongst horses, mid-frequency trading (move over HFT), how the Chicago Bears don’t add Alpha, extracting structural market flaws, low carb diets, regulatory and structural arbitrage,  Peru and the Shining Path terrorist group, orthogonal carry, fasting,  winning the content game, and economic reasoning to appease the complex thinker. Resolve Asset Management is a systematic asset manager out of Toronto focusing on unique and advanced ways of implementing global asset allocation. They operate managed account, private funds, and a mutual fund (RDMIX); using varying automated investment and allocation strategies; including flavors and ensembles of trend following, carry, seasonality, skewnewss, behavioral arbitrage (think trading around a big fund needing to rebalance at end of quarter), and AI/machine learning informed “alpha buckets”. Episode Links:  Rodrigo Gordillo Twitter & LinkedIn Adam Butler Twitter & LinkedIn Mike Philbrick Twitter & LinkedIn Gestalt University Podcast Resolve Website Rational/Resolve Adaptive Asset Allocation Fund  And last but not least, don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, 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
55:43
March 4, 2020
Staging a Market Mutiny with Jason Buck and Taylor Pearson of Black Pearl
In this episode exploring the many facets of long volatility and tail risk exposure, we pick the brains of the founders of the Mutiny investment program, which invests in half a dozen VIX and volatility trading programs in a multi-manager, multi-strategy approach. Our topics include why the whole world is short vol, If squirrels and deer are the natural buyers of forest fire insurance, why Jason hates sports, debit card investing, the interesting idea of an entrepreneurial put option, and what in the world a Brazilian SuperBowl champion is. Enjoy! Black Pearl’s Mutiny investment program is an ensemble approach focused on providing investors tail risk protection across three different buckets of volatility exposure: Volatility Arbitrage, Straddles/Strangles, and Short Term Down Capture.  With each bucket containing its own ensemble of multiple investment managers focused on providing convex returns during a market sell off, with an eye towards limiting the bleed. Jason Buck: Email; Taylor Pearson LinkedIn, Twitter, Book: The End of Jobs, & his blog. Mutiny Website & Podcast. And last but not least, don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, 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
1:39:37
February 27, 2020
Decoding Execution Algos with Joe Signorelli & David Don
This episode dives deep into the math and people behind what most people take for granted or don’t even know they need to improve their trading – execution algorithms. We cover Orlando as a favorite vacation spot (What&^%),  what/who is a quant, working with students at Notre Dame, UCLA, and Illinois, how even a slow trader can benefit from fast execution, algos named Prowlers, Snipers, Leggers, and….R2-D2 as a vacuum cleaner. RCM-X is a trading technology and risk management services company, and as you might guess from  the name, a subsidiary of RCM Alternatives. We sit down and chat with their top two people - Joe Signorelli, RCM-X Managing partner, and David Don, COO/Head of Algorithmic Trading – and dive into the background of RCM-X, what execution algorithms really are, how they're implemented in modern day trading firms, and why they're important for more firms than you might think. We also discuss the RCM-X University program, which is a cool way this innovative group is bridging the gap between academia and professional trading firms to help build a solid base of future talent of the industry through top college programs. How to follow along with RCM-X: RCM-X website, Twitter, & LinkedIn Joe Signorelli LinkedIn & Contact David Don LinkedIn & Contact And last but not least, don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and sign-up for our blog digest. Disclaimer: Due to industry regulations hosts and participants will not discuss any company funds on this podcast. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives or any of their affiliates. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for investment decisions. Visitors should not act upon the content or information found here without first seeking appropriate advice from an accountant, financial planner, lawyer or other professional. For more information, visit rcmalternatives.com.
1:04:42
February 4, 2020
The Life of a Discretionary Trader with Breakout Funds’ Aaron Larkin & Matt Laviolette
This fun conversation talks with two guys who have chosen a life of monitoring the markets on a near real-time basis, covering serious strategy components, as well as whether a Bulls game or trading Asian markets overnight is more fun for a trader in their 20s, trading Trump tweets, what ‘you can’t lose money’ actually means, Indiana Hoosier basketball, going from global war to blooming peace in 45 minutes,  and being a dinosaur Breakout Funds is one of the more unique strategies that we collaborate with as they focus on being a bit more discretionary, more short-term, and approach the market with more convexity than your average manager - sometimes leading to interrupted vacation time. Aaron Larkin, CEO & Co-Founder, and Matt Laviolette, Founder, CIO, & Principal of Breakout Funds join us on this episode to discuss their backgrounds and how their unique approach works. Follow along with the Breakout Fund team through LinkedIn with Aaron Larkin & Matt Laviolette and the Breakout Fund website.  And last but not least, don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, 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
48:07
February 4, 2020
Wayne Himelsein: The Human Behind the Hedge Fund
Wayne Himelsein is a hedge fund manager, President, and Chief Investment Officer at Logica Capital Advisers. Beyond that Wayne is a 25-year veteran in the trading space, and we're talking about hedge funds, his quantitative investment strategies, and even his own non-profit, Informed-by-Nature.  On this episode we're covering the oddity of a volatility trader living somewhere where there is no volatility (in the weather), reading the world’s longest book, hoping this is the big one when your car is in midair, J-Curve the rapper, and overpaying by 1000% for out of the money options. Make sure to follow Wayne on Twitter and LinkedIn, and check out the Logica Capital Advisers and Informed-By-Nature.  Don't forget to subscribe to The Derivative, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, and sign-up for our blog digest.  Disclaimer: Due to industry regulations hosts and participants will not discuss any company funds on this podcast. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives or any of their affiliates. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for investment decisions. Visitors should not act upon the content or information found here without first seeking appropriate advice from an accountant, financial planner, lawyer or other professional. For more information, visit rcmalternatives.com.
54:05
January 27, 2020