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126 Systematic Investor Series ft Rob Carver – February 7th, 2021

Rob Carver returns to the show today to give us his thoughts on the WallStreetBets Reddit forum & their Gamestop short-squeeze, the gamification of trading, why Robinhood had to suspend trading on Gamestop, the attempted short-squeeze in the Silver market, Rob’s recent article on how to become a systematic trader, Niels’ journey into the CTA industry, the importance of diversifying amongst investment processes as well as securities, the rise of passive investing over active, and whether the ascendency of passive investing will lead to extreme levels of market volatility in the future.

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Episode Summary

0:00 - Intro
2:25 - Macro recap from Niels
4:27 - Weekly review of returns
42:32 - Q1; Michael: Should you use the US dollar to hedge against multiple long trades?
48:47 - Q2; Dennis: Can you discuss the pros & the cons of scaling in & out of positions?
59:22 - Q3 & Q4; Woody: Will continued central bank intervention prevent Trend Following profitability?  Will the rise of passive over active investments pose a threat to medium to long-term Trend Followers, in terms of the increased volatility they might create?
1:15:39 - Q5; Daniel: When starting a new Trend Following system, should you enter all markets right away, or only enter the positions once new signals arrive?
1:21:14 - Q6; Red Eagle:  How often do you see a trade that goes long in one pair, and short in another pair, and do you get excited at this?  Alternatively, do you worry when both pairs are long or short?
1:25:50 - Q7; Cordura:  Do you recommend Trend Following on indices only?
1:31:57 - Performance recap
1:32:49 - Recommended listening or reading this week: Article in the Financial Times on Melvin Capital & the Gamestop frenzy, Hussman Funds recent market comments & Salem Abraham on the Meb Faber podcast

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