Alternative Alpha - Value of Volatility in the Markets

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Sep 14, 2017 11:51:58 AM

“The only constant is change.” – Heraclitus – 500 BC

Volatility simply describes to what degree the price of a market security typically changes. Volatility can be “high” or “low.” But volatility – at any level – cannot be given the simple labels of “good” or “bad.”

To financial professionals, volatility is an unemotional, mathematical metric. But to everyday folks, volatility spurs fearful panic when it’s high… and fearful suspicion when it’s low.

"Volatility spurs fearful panic...when it's high.

And it spurs fearful suspicion... when it's low."

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Alternative Alpha - Emerging Market Envy

Posted by Capital Trading Group on Sep 11, 2017 2:19:02 PM

Greed makes people do questionable things. Of course, envy does too.

And I’d say U.S. investors have to be getting pretty jealous of foreign investors after the first half of 2017. The S&P 500 is up 8.2%... but global stocks are up 13.2%... and emerging-market stocks are up 18.2%.

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. Futures trading is not suitable for all investors.

The sad part is, many investors will likely be tempted into the global stock market bull rally at just the wrong time, becoming envious of the steady gains stocks have provided during the second-longest – and “most hated” – bull market in history.

Any investor still on the sidelines – now green with envy - faces a cruel conundrum: stocks are expensive, and therefore unlikely to provide above-average results over the next eight years, as they have over the last eight.

This is where we believe Managed Futures can fill the gap – giving investors an opportunity to potentially earn positive risk-adjusted returns, outside the stock market, for the next several years.

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