Research Library

By Rich B

The Lifting Power of Outliers

Introduction In previous posts, we’ve explored how massive diversification serves as a crucial tool for outlier hunters—not only to provide correlation benefits in chaotic regimes but also to increase our chances of capturing rare market events. It’s the frequency of these outliers in our trade distribution that significantly enhances our long-term performance. In this post, […]
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By Rich B

The Many Paths of Uncertainty

As a trend follower, a key aspect of our approach lies in the way we approach risk. In fact we prefer to call ourselves risk managers as opposed to speculative traders. We view risk as being far wider than what has been reflected by the historical record and treat risk as comprising two aspects. The […]
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By Rich B

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom of Statistics in Complex Adaptive Systems – Beware of Idealised Models

In the ever-evolving landscape of financial markets, the application of traditional statistical models, such as the Central Limit Theorem (CLT), often proves to be inadequate for capturing the complexities of complex adaptive systems (CAS). These systems, which are a hallmark of financial markets, defy the conventional assumptions of linearity, independence, identical distribution, and stationarity, which […]
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By Rich B

Let’s Consider Skew

As diversified systematic trend followers, we just love the positive skew of our trade results….but to explain why, we need to dig quite deeply into what skewness means exactly. It is defined as a measure of asymmetry of a trade distribution about its mean and is expressed by the following formula. Now it is important […]
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By Rich B

Navigating the Unpredictable Seas of Financial Markets

In the world of financial markets, where unpredictability and volatility are the norms, achieving long-term success is a major challenge. These markets are filled with potential risks and opportunities, making the ability to navigate through uncertainty an essential skill for investors and traders aiming for growth and stability. Diversified systematic trend followers are a group […]
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Why it is So Hard to Exceed Performance Benchmarks?

In the world of the financial markets, consistently outperforming established benchmarks such as the S&P 500 is a monumental task that eludes many. This is exemplified by the SPIVA report, which evaluates the performance of actively managed funds against their benchmarks worldwide, revealing that a staggering 75% to 90% of funds fall short over extended periods. […]
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Let’s Get Attracted to the Notion of Path Dependence

Understanding Non-Ergodic Processes and Its Implication in Various Fields “Non ergodic” is a pivotal, yet often overlooked scientific term. To grasp its essence, one must first understand its counterpart: “ergodicity.” An “ergodic” system is one that eventually visits all its conceivable states. Think of a gas that is released into a controlled laboratory setting such […]
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Russian Roulette, Formula 1 and Market Trends: Navigating the High Stakes of Uncertainty

In a world rife with unpredictability, the principle of survival takes precedence over the quest for immediate success. This tenet holds true across various high-stakes domains—from the capricious nature of financial markets to the competitive fervour of Formula 1 racing, even extending to the life-or-death randomness of Russian Roulette. This blog post explores the critical […]
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