Equity convexity and gamma strategies

Equity convexity means that a stock outperforms in times of large upward or downward movements of the broad market: its elasticity to the market...

How to construct a bond volatility index and extract market information

Volatility indices, based upon the methodology of the Cboe volatility index (VIX), serve as measures of near-term market uncertainty across asset classes. They are...

Equity factor timing with macro trends

Plausibility and empirical evidence suggest that the prices of equity factor portfolios are anchored by the macroeconomy in the long run. A new paper...

Macro trends for trading models

Unlike market price trends, macroeconomic trends are hard to track in real-time. Conventional econometric models are immutable and not backtestable for algorithmic trading. That...

Factor momentum: a brief introduction

Standard equity factors are autocorrelated. Hence, it is not surprising that factor strategies have also displayed momentum: past returns have historically predicted future returns....

The macro forces behind equity-bond price correlation

Since the late 1990s, the negative price correlation of equity and high-grade bonds has reduced the volatility of balanced portfolios and boosted Sharpe ratios...

Macro uncertainty as predictor of market volatility

Market volatility measures the size of variations of asset returns. Macroeconomic uncertainty measures the size of unpredictable disturbances in economic activity. Large moves in...

What traders should know about seasonal adjustment

The purpose of seasonal adjustment is to remove seasonal and calendar effects from economic time series. It is a common procedure but also a...

Inflation and precious metal prices

Theory and plausibility suggest that precious metal prices benefit from inflation and negative real interest rates. This makes gold, silver, platinum, and palladium natural...

Forecasting energy markets with macro data

Recent academic papers illustrate how macroeconomic data support predictions of energy market flows and prices. Valid macro indicators include shipping costs, industrial production measures,...

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