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114 The Systematic Investor Series – November 16th, 2020

This week, we discuss the importance of short sellers for well-functioning markets, the benefits of trading index futures versus cash equities, diversification in a robust Trend Following system, Pfizer’s CEO selling a majority of his stock holdings around the vaccine announcement, the differences between top independent discretionary traders & professional money managers, and the increasing use of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).  Questions we answer this week include: Are shorter timeframes going to be more effective than longer timeframes in the future? What are your thoughts on trading less-liquid markets?

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Episode Summary

0:00 - Intro
2:02 - Macro recap from Niels
3:09 - Weekly review of returns
28:30 - Q1; James: Would your rules suit cash equities only?
38:54 - Q2; Anti: Shorter-term strategies seem to have done well in the last 5 years, should we be looking to trade these shorter timeframes, instead of the longer-term timeframes?
46:54 - Q3; Michael: What are your thoughts on trading in smaller markets such as butter, rough rice & oats?
1:00:18 - Performance recap
1:06:07 - Recommended podcast listening this week: Stephanie Kelton on the Macro Voices Podcast & Chris Cole on the Grant Williams Podcast

 

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