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95 Redefining Trend Following with Katy Kaminski, Alex Greyserman & Roberto Osorio – 1of2

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“This game is a number’s game, you are losing a lot and winning bigger sometimes.” – Katy Kaminski (Tweet) Thanks for tuning back into our show, we know it has been a while since we’ve published an episode. However, you are in for a real treat: this is the first episode where we have a…

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Market Trends for April 2016

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Commodities took center stage in April with a big shift in “trend sentiment” compared to the beginning of the year, where most commodities fell steadily.

This may well turn out to be a big divider in performance of CTAs and trend followers, as those with very diversified portfolios and a healthy allocation of risk towards commodities, should have found April a more challenging month than financial-only or financial-heavy managers!

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What I DID NOT learn at the HFI Summit in Paris

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I had expected a more buzzing reception when I arrived…why?…because after 6 years of an equity Bull market, we finally saw signs of a market environment where Hedge Funds and CTAs can shine and show what low correlation or even negative correlation really looks like.

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Market Trends for March 2016

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Yellen & Draghi saves the world…but spoils it for CTAs Investors in “traditional” assets and hedge funds cheered as Captain Yellen and her Co-Pilot (Draghi) once again decided that the world needed another injection of speed whilst maintaining the same course of action we have seen in recent years, namely QE and ZIRP. However, if…

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Affordable Losses

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Trend Followers don’t shy away from losses.

Losses provide valuable feedback that helps them improve as traders. Sometimes, losses occur despite solid strategies and perfect execution.

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Market Trends for February 2016

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Coco-Bonds spooked the markets…but not CTAs It is fair to say that investors had plenty of things to worry about in February and we were reminded about the days from 2008, where you were not quite sure if your bank was in trouble. This time around, we learned of a new instrument…Coco-Bonds! Clearly the banks…

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Market Trends for January 2016

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January kicked off 2016 on a positive note! Although the Trend Barometer finished unchanged for the month, it did spend the first half of the month significantly above break-even, which allowed trend following strategies to build up enough of a cushion to withstand the drop in number of trends during the last week of January…

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94 Acknowledging Risk on a Daily Basis with Bill Dreiss of Dreiss Research Corporation – 2of2

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“Correlations have increased over the years in every market.” – Bill Dreiss (Tweet) In our continued conversation with Bill Dreiss, we dive into why he built his model the way that he did, and how he deals with factors like risk, drawdowns, and investor relationships. You’ll discover what he has learned from the drawdowns he…

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93 Location Independence with Systems Trading with Bill Dreiss of Dreiss Research Corporation – 1of2

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“In my opinion, the primary reason that systems traders are able to make money in the markets is that the market provides the returns more than the particular methodology that is imposed.” – Bill Dreiss (Tweet) Bill Dreiss has been an early adopter from the very beginning. After going to MIT and Harvard, he wanted…

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92 Clear and Explainable Trend Models with Andreas Clenow of ACIES Asset Management – 2of2

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“Never accept the old-style, blackbox explanation – always understand what is going on.” – Andreas Clenow (Tweet) In our continued conversation with Andreas Clenow, we discuss the research and work that goes into making his trading model, how he deals with risk and drawdowns, and how he explains his models to potential investors. In this…

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