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The Derivative

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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… read more

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Sowing the Seeds of AI Strategies with Howard Siow of Taaffeite Capital Management

June 17th, 2021

1:22:47

Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic in every walk of life, and perhaps no more so than in the world of hedge funds and alternative investments. Howard Siow, Founding Principal and CEO at Taaffeite Capital, joins The …

Carefully Constructing a Cockroach (portfolio) with Mutiny Funds Jason Buck and Taylor Pearson

June 10th, 2021

1:15:12

Who in their right mind would name an investment strategy after cockroaches?  Well, probably the guys who view themselves as staging a mutiny against …

Blame it on the Bossa Nova with New Market Wizard Tom Basso

May 27th, 2021

1:17:15

How do you get included in a Market Wizards book? How do you get a whole Michael Covel book written about you? You move from charting markets on …

WTF ^%$# is Happening With Crypto??

May 20th, 2021

53:30

We’re talking with two ‘in the crypto weeds’ traders/asset managers, Ben Upward of Synchronicity and Gary Basin, about crypto’s -30% one day drop, coinbase, the most surprising (& scariest) things about the recent …

Allocating Assets and Attracting Allocators with Ted Seides

May 13th, 2021

1:28:39

From actual capital allocator to branding his book and podcast “Capital Allocator,” Ted Seides has one of the biggest banks of knowledge in the capital allocation game. He’s a well-known author of two books, host of the …

The NON-Wisdom of Crowds with Nigol Koulajian of Quest Partners

May 6th, 2021

1:31:47

In through the nose – out through the mouth. In through the nose – out through the mouth.

You’ve now joined a headspace where we think you’re prepped to focus in and become one with today’s guest. He’s a well known CTA, …

Turning the Tables: Trading Pits and Dip Spits with RCM’s Jeff Malec

April 29th, 2021

1:13:39

Today’s guest is one you’ve heard many times before if you’ve listened to The Derivative,  but may not necessarily know all that well. He’s and alts/managed futures veteran, having started his career in Chicago’s famed …

A Crude Oil Cornucopia: Covid, Crack, CSOs & Contango with Brent Belote of Cayler Capital

April 22nd, 2021

1:16:27

COVID affected a lot of ways that we interacted with the world – it changed how we worked, how we socialized, how we entertained ourselves….and if you’ve been tuned into the markets over the past year, it also changed …

Yep, She's Opening Up Option Eyes with NOPE It's Lily

April 15th, 2021

1:02:21

*We apologize for potential audio issues with this episode – please see the transcript HERE or go to the episode blog on rcmalts.com to download.*

Asian Markets, American Investments, & Accessing (Chinese) Futures with Alvin Fan of OPIM

April 8th, 2021

1:29:10

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the opportunities in the Asian investment landscape are nuanced, emerging, and incredibly attractive. But on top of the excitement around the opportunities, there’s also …

eSports, ETFs, and Enormous Deals with the Sports Pomp, Joe Pompliano

April 1st, 2021

1:26:23

The world of sports and finance have continually meshed together – and the Covid-19 pandemic has fast tracked that even further. Between the growth of analytics, to financiers making their way into the pro sports arena, …

Making Market Music with Roy Niederhoffer with Roy Niederhoffer

March 25th, 2021

1:17:21

How many families have two brothers who’ve been in the hedge fund game for 30+ years, much less on polar opposites of the long vol/short vol …

Modeling Markets and Accessing AI with Robert Rotella and Jag Prakasam

March 18th, 2021

1:39:48

When you hear news about artificial intelligence (AI), it might be easy to assume it has nothing to do with you. But if you use face recognition on your phone? Check. Google auto-fills your search bar? Check. And …

Taming the Tails with LongTail Alpha’s Vineer Bhansali

March 11th, 2021

1:18:23

Forget fat tails, left tails, even tall tales. We’re going into extracting value from long tails of the distribution on the pod in this episode. Vineer Bhansali is a 29-year industry veteran, previously at PIMCO, a …

Crazy Commodity Cycles (and cross-continent motorcycles) with Jim Rogers

March 4th, 2021

1:16:25

The king of Commodities has entered The Derivative ring. You know his name, you’ve read his books, you’ve probably utilized his index, and now you’re listening to him in this most recent podcast episode. Jim Rogers is …

The VOLvengers: Wayne Himelsein (Iron Man) & Mike Green (Captain America)

February 25th, 2021

1:21:04

We’re bringing out the cake & ice cream for this pod because it’s The Derivative’s 1 year anniversary! If you’ve been with us since the beginning – you may fondly remember our inaugural episode The Human Behind The …

Playing like a Poker Pro in Life/Investments/Career with Chris Sparks

February 18th, 2021

1:32:44

Talking this week with Poker Pro Chris Sparks on everything from game strategy to deciphering A.I. capabilities and catching bots. With Founder, CEO, and Performance Coach of The Forcing Function we’re taking it back to …

Vol - Benn There, Done That with Benn Eifert of QVR Advisors

February 11th, 2021

1:31:26

Why can't vol managers tell good jokes? Bad timing? Buh dum tsss.
All jokes aside, we’re excited to be back talking Volatility on The Derivative with …

The Bull and Bear Cases for Bitcoin with Meltem Demirors & Nic Carter

February 5th, 2021

1:26:47

Bitcoin started the year with a bang, rising up above $41k before falling back into the 20ks, and settling in the mid 30ks lately. It was at $5k in …

Wallstreet Bets Busts Wallstreet? WTF ^%$#

January 28th, 2021

1:21:28

If you’ve been on the internet, watched TV, or talked to anyone outside of yourself in the past week and a half you can’t have missed it. GameStop stock ($GME) went from trading at a low of $3/share to +$400/share …

Wisdom from the Wizard Maker with Jack Schwager

January 21st, 2021

1:14:57

Welcome to the Wizarding World of Market Wizards – and today’s special guest is head wizard who wrote the actual books on market wizards, Jack Schwager. Jack has written 6 books on the markets including his original:

Gold, Gas, and Global Inflation with Diego Parrilla of Quadriga Asset Managers

January 14th, 2021

1:39:15

2020 was ruled by global macro events – are we looking at the same fate in 2021? Our guest today can talk not only global macro, but also volatility, …

Butler and Buck Back to Bookend 2020

December 30th, 2020

59:16

We’ve already covered the first three months of 2020 with Part I of our 2020 review. We’re now heading into Part II with Jason Buck, CIO at Mutiny …

2020’s Best Strategies, Styles, and Stories with Adam Butler and Jason Buck

December 23rd, 2020

1:21:06

2020 has been a year for the books – be it the fastest every market sell-off or a just as amazing tech rally from the lows. Whether you’re looking at it from a social/emotional/fiscal lens, it probably didn’t pan out …

Cover to Trend Legends Cover with Michael Covel

December 10th, 2020

1:26:20

It’s hard to get too far into the words Trend Following without running into the name Michael Covel. If you’ve ever looked into the strategy type, …

Really? Real Estate? Right Now? with Matt Lasky and Darren Kottle

December 3rd, 2020

1:08:04

Many investors look at commercial real estate as a high-risk, confusing, and sometimes scary way to invest. Our guests today show us why this isn’t the case. From commercial real estate, to mortgage-backed securities, …

Overheard at a Vol Conference, breaking down EQD Global 2020

November 27th, 2020

59:56

One of the leading volatility trading and derivatives investing events of the year wrapped up last month and we have lots of thoughts. From new vol …

The Mysteries and Makings of Machine Learning with Dr. Ernie Chan of QTS Cap

November 19th, 2020

1:10:46

Does all this Machine Learning stuff really work? If it’s so good, why aren’t AI powered hedge funds printing money? And what is the difference between AI, machine learning, deep learning, machine trading, and more. …

Don’t Buy the Narrative (and It’s All Narrative) with Epsilon Theory’s Ben Hunt

November 12th, 2020

1:15:39

Our guest today is somewhat of a modern philosopher, mapping out how the investing world sees the real world, while at the same time questioning his own place in that world and how he can change it for the better. Ben …

No President Yet, So Market Rallies Huge What ^%$#?

November 5th, 2020

49:09

Votes are being counted, CNN and Fox are on 24-hour reporting cycles, and Tweets/FB Posts/Texts are still being sent out at lightening speeds. What happens if a winner isn’t announced for 2 or more days? What happens if …

Who Would Want to SELL Options, with Mark Adams of Warrington Asset Management

October 29th, 2020

1:11:04

For every option buyer, there is a seller. The brave souls who are accused of picking up pennies in front of a freight train. But are they dumb? …

Debunking Trend Following’s Dead Theories with Kathryn Kaminski

October 22nd, 2020

1:13:29

Is trend following too big? Can managed futures do it without the bond tailwind they’ve had for 30 years? Does globalization take away …

Vol Curves and Vanna Charm with Cem Karsan

October 15th, 2020

1:32:23

Today’s pod is all about word play playing into alternative investment. How does Jam Croissant relate to Cem Karsan? What about Vanna Charm and …

Super Storms, Mathematical Modeling, and Hurricane Hunting with Dr. Jeff Masters

October 8th, 2020

1:14:02

With storms named Gamma and Delta making their way to US shores – we really couldn’t have timed this release better from a …

Bull Markets, Behavioral Biases, and Blogs with Baird’s Michael Antonelli

October 1st, 2020

1:10:40

If men are from Mars and women from Venus, it often feels like stock/bond investors are from Earth and us Alternative Investment folks are from …

Sequencing, Skew, and (Option) Strikes with Hari Krishnan

September 24th, 2020

1:12:45

We’re joined by option guru and author of ‘The Second Leg Down’ in this episode to talk through the real-time test of market crashes and volatility …

A Professor, Prop Trader, & Risk Manager walk into a bar, with Victor Canto

September 17th, 2020

1:10:05

The “bar” we walk into in this episode is one that specializes in blending the unique flavors of beta and alpha, and our mixologists are Victor …

Market Up/Vol Up, Market Down/Vol Down…WTF Episode

September 10th, 2020

1:00:05

So – what’s happening in the wide world of volatility? The market moved to new all time highs and the VIX actually went UP. The market then …

Canadian Commodities and Building Business with Tim Pickering of Auspice Capital Advisors

September 3rd, 2020

1:23:02

In today’s episode we’re pushing the boundaries of traditional alternative investments and getting into oil trading, trend following, and taking …

Straddles, SVXY, and (Gamma) Scalping with Logica’s Mike Green

August 27th, 2020

1:35:54

With a Top Gun-like bio of working with billionaires and big hedge funds, Michael Green is one of the top prospects in the alternative investment game. BUT, all we hear him talking about these days is his passive …

Expect the Expected and Control the Controllable with Russ Rausch of Vision Pursue

August 20th, 2020

1:08:32

We’re leaving the fire of hedge funds and jumping headfirst into the frying pan of……performance mindset? Yep, from pro athletes to pro traders, everyone needs a performance mindset, and  today’s guest founded his firm …

Debt, Dollars, and Deficits with CME's Blu Putnam

August 13th, 2020

1:10:39

It’s a job all in itself to be able to look at data – especially data that affects all of us on a daily basis – and be able to interpret that to make sense to yourself. Take that and have to turn it into something that …

Trend Following Turtle Tails (and Tales) with Jerry Parker

August 6th, 2020

1:22:15

Legend time. We’re hearing straight from the mouth of well-known Turtle Trader – Jerry Parker – on this episode to talk all things trend following. …

Do Hedge Funds Suck? With Max Nissman, Olivier d’Assier, and Scott Treloar

July 30th, 2020

58:02

We sat down with three different legs of the hedge fund stool who (feeling the currently hedge fund investment landscape is a bit broker) are …

Seeking (VIX) Certainty with Certeza's Brett Nelson

July 23rd, 2020

1:15:40

In a #ThrowbackThursday of sorts, we’re bringing you an episode recorded pre-pandemic where we hit the road and traveled to Utah to interview the brain behind Certeza Asset Management, Founder and CIO – Brett Nelson. …

BLNDX[ing] Trend Following and Global Equity with Standpoint’s Eric Crittenden

July 16th, 2020

1:29:12

How do you get investors to stick with an asset allocation that’s good for them in the long term, but maybe doesn’t taste so good over shorter timer periods?  Today’s guest has designed a new mutual fund to attempt just …

Why Charts and What Data with Sean Brown of YCharts

July 9th, 2020

1:04:44

In today’s episode, we’re passing by all the players and calling in the head coach – the head coach of Ycharts that is. Sean Brown – CEO of Ycharts joins us to talk about how this FinTech SAAS focused company is helping …

5 Asia/China Focused Hedge Funds, 1 Podcast!

July 2nd, 2020

1:40:15

We recently wrapped up our virtual conference: “Capitalizing on China’s Growth: Opening the Door for Investors and Managers” where we had some great one-on-one interviews with hedge fund managers operating in Asia and …

$TVIX gets Terminated – What^%$#

June 25th, 2020

58:13

Similar to how we quickly grabbed some experts to discuss Crude Oil going negative, we grabbed some VIX experts as soon as the news hit this week …

Noodling on Ensembles, Trend, & Convexity with Newfound’s Corey Hoffstein

June 18th, 2020

1:30:11

Our guest today is the Co-founder & CEO of Newfound Research, host of the popular podcast Flirting with Models, and FinTwit “influencer” – Corey …

Allocating to Alts with RPMs Alexander Mende

June 11th, 2020

1:02:10

In this episode, we’re flipping the script of our usual hedge fund manager and drilling down on the allocation side. Alexander Mende is a Senior Investment Analyst and Head of Investment Research at RPM Risk and …

Navigating Market Volatility with CBOE’s Kevin Davitt, Wayne Himelsein of Logica Capital Advisers, Jason Buck of Mutiny Fund, and Bastian Bolesta of Deep Field Capital.

June 4th, 2020

1:17:28

In this episode, we’re joined by a powerhouse group of volatility experts consisting of Kevin Davitt, Wayne Himelsein, Jason Buck, and Bastian …

Black Swans, Gray Rhinos, and Tigers..Oh My with Michele Wucker

May 28th, 2020

1:14:18

The financial world seems to have a fascination with zoomorphism – the attribution of animal names, emotions, or intentions to non- animal occurrences like market shocks. Black Swans are the famous one, but there’s also …

Tagging a Value to Pro Sports Teams with Bob Reif and Josh Moscot of TAG

May 21st, 2020

1:15:36

70 days without sports – seems unbelievable, right? The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in more ways than one, and while no sports for 2+ months is at the top of the “first world problems” list, it’s a void left …

Uncovering the Known Unknowns of the Pandemic with Chief Economist Blu Putnam, ReSolve's Rodrigo Gordillo, and Teza's Dan Deering

May 14th, 2020

1:14:06

In today’s episode, we have a little different structure and three unique guests to bring a fresh twist on The Derivative podcast. Blu Putnam of the …

Tackling Trading Technologies and (lower case t) technology with Guy Scott of TT

May 7th, 2020

1:12:50

Futures traders take clicking a price to generate an order on their PCs for granted these days, much less the instant delivery of every tick, order book data, and trade fills. How’s it all work?  How did it all used to …

Texas Style Trend Following with Salem Abraham

April 30th, 2020

1:19:28

This episode’s guest, Salem Abraham, is a bit of a legend in the trend following/managed futures space, with his 30+ years of knowledge and …

Valuing VIX and Volatility with Joe Tigay

April 25th, 2020

1:14:07

VIX and volatility guru (who also sidelines as CBOE & CNBC contributor and an RIA and CFO) Joe Tigay is on our pod to share some nuggets of VIX …

Crude Oil goes Negative… What^%$#

April 21st, 2020

47:59

Yesterday was a historic day for crude……and the trend continues today. With crude oil going negative for the first time ever. That’s right – May …

Exchanging Intellectual Assets with $TAIL, $SYLD $GVAL ETF-icionado Meb Faber

April 17th, 2020

1:29:23

In this episode we chat with an ETF creator, financial book author, and host of the popular Meb Faber Show podcast. We're talking with Meb Faber …

The principles of VIX trading with Alex Orus of Principalium

April 9th, 2020

1:15:28

In this episode we're diving deep into VIX futures and using that instrument to gain convexity in a portfolio, we chat with Swiss hedge fund manager …

Trading Chinese Futures Markets with Abingdon Global

April 2nd, 2020

55:59

Chickity China the Chinese chicken futures. Between strict regulations, gated access, mainland-based employees, and more seemingly difficult …

Trading Commodity Volatility – A Woman’s Perspective

March 26th, 2020

1:01:47

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” …

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

March 19th, 2020

1:37:38

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 …

Crypto & Bitcoin Lending with Tom Anderson of Drawbridge Lending

March 12th, 2020

1:06:31

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 …

Asset Allocation, AI, and the Alpha Process with Resolve Asset Management

March 4th, 2020

55:43

We sit down with the three Canadian founders of Resolve Asset Management to talk zebras walking amongst horses, mid-frequency trading (move over …

Staging a Market Mutiny with Jason Buck and Taylor Pearson of Black Pearl

February 27th, 2020

1:39:37

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 …

Decoding Execution Algos with Joe Signorelli & David Don

February 4th, 2020

1:04:42

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 …

The Life of a Discretionary Trader with Breakout Funds’ Aaron Larkin & Matt Laviolette

February 4th, 2020

48:07

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 …

Wayne Himelsein: The Human Behind the Hedge Fund

January 27th, 2020

54:05

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 …

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