The election is over, a vaccine may be on its way and the world appears to believe that a return to pre-pandemic life may be imminent. What if?
There are a handful of stylized facts about asset price volatility. (A stylized fact is a term widely used in economics that refer to empirical findings that are so consistent — for example, across a wide range of instruments, markets and time periods — that they are accepted as truth). In summary, here are five stylized facts about Volatility:
- Volatility Exhibits Persistence;
- Volatility Varies Over Time. The truths that volatility persists and volatility varies are not inconsistent or contradictory b/c VOL is market regime dependent.
- Volatility has a Half-Life. A “half-life” of volatility is defined as the time taken for an asset’s volatility to move halfway back towards its unconditional mean or average level.
- Volatility is Mean-Reverting;
- Volatility News is Self-Reinforcing. Negative news sentiment is one source of heightened volatility levels.
In this 7½ minute video, AllAboutAlpha’s content editor, Aaron Filbeck of CAIA, interviews Rick Roche on his two-part series on Alternative Investment Data (aka Alt-Data). Although Alternative investment data has received a lot of press coverage in the last 5-7 years, it’s only a fraction of the annual spend on financial market data. However, with an increasing number of PMs and analysts using machine learning tools, the growth rate and uptake of Alt-Data is very impressive. Rick also addresses the false dichotomy of an “Unattainable Triangle” (fast, good or cheap). Rick believes that traditional market data can be combined with Alt-Data and human intelligence to seek alternative and uncorrelated sources of alpha.
In 2020, the U.S. and global equity markets have been shaken by Virus and Volatility. The year has been dominated by a global pandemic, trade wars, civil unrest and a hotly contested U.S. presidential election. Each one is enough to heighten volatility, but all together they translate to turbulent markets that are not just stirred, but violently shaken.
Expectations of increasing near-term volatility leading up to this year’s election stands in stark contrast to that of 2016. Making things more curious, the yield-curve points to an expectation of a calming trend following the election.
Part 1 of a two-part series on Alternative Investment Data (Alt-Data) in the COVID Era. In Part 1, the author makes the case for high-frequency, short-interval Alt-Data while discussing three primary drawbacks of interpreting official economic statistics amid a global pandemic.
This article explores the utility and potential use of an insurance dedicated fund (IDF) as an essential yet underutilized investment vehicle to improve portfolios’ overall tax-efficiency. For decades, high-net-worth and ultrahigh-net-worth taxpayers and their advisors have utilized insurance wrappers for legitimate insurance, wealth creation, and tax- and estate-planning purposes. Over the past three-plus decades, IDFs have withstood the tests of time and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scrutiny.
Little Harbor Advisors, LLC (“LHA”) announces its majority acquisition of Illinois-based Thompson Capital Management (“TCM”).
A new stimulus bill, changing prices, and general uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic could affect the markets.
Financial markets’ fear gauges are not flashing red at a time of serious global turmoil, stirring investor doubts over whether the indexes are mispricing current and future turbulence. Learn more from TCM’s own Matt Thompson
If you’re interested in buying VIX ETFs, consider the pros, cons and alternatives. Learn all about it from Little Harbor Advisors’ own Jeff Landle
VIX futures are commonly used to hedge against market declines. Learn about the planned launch of mini VIX futures from TCM’s own Matt Thompson
In a series of five installments, Rick Roche will explore and analyze the acceptance and diffusion of quantative investment management. Mr. Roche upends widely-held, assumptions and media assertions of widespread quant investing. The author documents that a surprisingly small sum of individuals and institutional dollars has been allocated to quant strategists.