Category Archives: Risk Management

VIX And Passive Investing Risk

The CBOE volatility index® VIX® is an instantaneous measure of expected fluctuations in S&P 500 in the next 30-days. This is an instrument for short-term traders. Passive investors should use different measures of risk. I offer an example.

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What You Want From The Market Vs. What It Can Give You

Although there are many rules about trading, I can offer only one in this article because after nearly 25 years in the markets, I have seen many popular rules violated one after the other. My rule is: try to get … Continue reading

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Retail Stock Trading Is Dying Due To Low Volatility

The low volatility phenomenon in the equity markets is the result of explosive growth in passive investing after a prolonged and continuing central bank manipulation of prices in conjunction with a decline in retail trader population. It is hard for … Continue reading

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The Alarming Trend Of Influencing Asset Prices

Most traders and fund managers try to forecast asset prices. But a few market participants influence the direction of asset prices, if not determining it outright. A forecaster that goes against an influencer usually gets crushed. This is an alarming … Continue reading

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Market Disruptions May Backfire

The effects of three major disruptions on financial markets in recent years may backfire as the populations of financial advisers and traders are shrinking to levels below those required for sustainable markets.

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What Some Market Timers Are Afraid Of

Book authors, bloggers and even some pundits insist that market timing is easy because it has worked in the past. But the fact is that profits depend on future market behavior. This is what some market timers are afraid of.

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