Tag: COVID-19

  • December Flash Report

    | | Flash Report

    December finally ends a year we are all looking to put behind us. Every facet of our lives was touched by the Pandemic and we are still learning to cope with affects of the virus. Along with Covid we faced, political turmoil in the U.S. with President elect Biden taking office in 2021 and Democrats having full control, Brexit finally materialized in the U.K., China following through with their trade agreement purchasing obligations we find ourselves entering 2021 with change across multiple fronts. It will be interesting to see how markets react in 2021 to what we left in 2020 … Read more December Flash Report
  • Investment Portfolio Design for an Unpredictable World

    | | Portfolio Management

    Investors are always faced with choices.  My experience tells me that these choices are often driven by simple quirks of human behavior.  Two of these that seem to be big drivers seem to be recency bias and a desire for simplification.  Both of these naturally make us poor investors. For example, in March of 2020 in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic we spoke with a number of investors who were thinking of just taking their whole equity portfolio flat.  Today as we approach another all-time high that clearly would have been a bad time to sell.  That same period, … Read more Investment Portfolio Design for an Unpredictable World
  • November Flash Report

    | | Flash Report

    November saw a significant increase globally in equity market with many indexes reaching all time new highs. Much of the globe appears to be factoring in the widespread distribution of the COVID vaccine. Bonds have been for the most part unaffected and are not the balance to the equites markets as has been considered the historical norm. Agriculture and commodities in general have continued to show life particularly in the grains. Another common trend has been short USD. The IASG indexes showed strength across the board with Trend Following +3.37% leading the way followed by Stock Index Traders 2.64%. CTA … Read more November Flash Report
  • Webinar on Market Volatility in the Covid era

    | | Futures, Volatility, Webinar

    Tune in October 7th at 4pm CDT to listen to Ernie Chan from QTS Capital and Damon Pavlatos talk about how they view and trade volatility around major world events. This event is sponsored in part by IASG Fund Services. Dr. Ernest Chan Damon Pavlatos Exogenous events affect the financial markets with downside volatility. Technical trading professionals use tools to anticipate and react. Quantitative traders use data sets to program their trading strategies. From implied volatility to correlation studies, volatility trading pros use their own systems to embrace or fade pricing uncertainty in the financial markets during uncertain times.   … Read more Webinar on Market Volatility in the Covid era
  • June Flash Report

    | | Flash Report

    Are we still in a classic bear market rally? Or is this simply a continuation of the bull market? These are questions that no one can really answer as we are starting to see modest recovery in unemployment and parts of the economy coming back to life. The narrative has not changed much from the previous month as we see slight gains across most sectors in our CTA Indexes. This month the Agriculture index +1.65 and Stock Index focused managers +1.60 leading the way. Volatility remains in equities which gave way to shorter term traders specializing in indicies. Trend focused … Read more June Flash Report