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Volatility FAQ

The volatility market has existed for over 20 years. However, a fair amount of confusion and misunderstanding around the asset class still persists. In the following, we have provided what we hope to be helpful answers to some frequently asked questions regarding investing in volatility―an asset class that today trades two out of the 10 highest volume products in NYSE.

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Retail options activity: To worry or not?

Options Trading Volume – US & Europe
Derivatives trading volume in the US has exploded over the past year and this upswing is more evident in small trades of 10 contracts or less. This typically is the kind of trades dominated by retail investors rather than big players. The amount spent on options premia has declined during autumn but is now back to record highs.

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Key Takeaways from Benn Eifert Podcast

This month a member of KM Cube had the chance to follow Mutiny Fund’s podcast with Benn Eifert, CIO of QVR Advisors. Eifert is considered amongst the smartest investors and an expert in the volatility complex today.

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Your 60/40 portfolio and the danger zone

There is a lot of talk lately regarding the 60/40 portfolio due to its simplicity and performance (2020 included). It surely gives good argumentation to the passive management camp and makes investing look simple.
Unfortunately investing is not simple, the 60/40 portfolio is not magic and in the current environment it may prove to be a significant source of risk for the market participants.

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Gold miners vs Gold: A word of caution

Investors often buy gold miner stocks as an indirect play to gain exposure to gold. While there is nothing wrong with such investment one should be cautious on the differences, as the devil lies in the details…

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Why should gold shine?

In most investors’ mind, gold and precious metals provide a natural protection in periods of market turbulence and falling share prices. This is generally true but the devil is always hidden in the details. One should understand what drives the market price of gold and what is the underlying risk.

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