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The Derivative

110 EpisodesProduced by RCM AlternativesWebsite

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


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

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 Professor, the DJ, the Han Solo of Vol trading, the one and only Benn (with two N’s) Eifert. Benn is Founder and CIO of QVR Advisors and joined us to talk about VIX and options and the overall volatility space. We’re digging deep in this episode about matching hoodies, delta hedging driving gamma flows, hedge funds ability to be aggressive, quantimental approaches, big players & flow dislocation, what the VIX highs really mean, structural patterns in flows, tail risk vs absolute return, the force being out of balance, DJ D-Vol, retail call buying, QVR Advisors, institutional pension volatility sellers, FinTwit, and what professional vol traders are overlooking.

02:40 = Friday Interview Questions, Good Seats, & Prop Desks
27:51 = QVR – Market Neutrality & Managing Tail Risks
49:29 = Players & Flow
01:11:31 = Are We Seeing a VIX Echo?
01:24:36 = Favorites

Follow along with Benn (@bennpeifert) on Twitter, and check out the QVR Advisors website.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit

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