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SI175: A Winning Approach to Risk ft. Rob Carver
16th January 2022 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
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Rob Carver joins us today to discuss the different ways that Trend Following is perceived by investors, the optimum amount of positions to trade at once, rating the riskiness of various investment strategies, Trend Following on the VIX, suitable risk amounts per market, what to do with the free cash in your futures account, if Trend Followers pyramid positions, trading CFDs and dealing with transaction costs, and the best lookback period when measuring correlations.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • The perception of Trend Following among various types of investors
  • How many positions to trade at once
  • The ‘riskiness’ of various investment strategies
  • Combining Trend Following and Volatility strategies
  • Risk-per-futures contract
  • How much cash to keep on the sidelines and what to do with it
  • Pyramiding positions
  • CFD trading and navigating commissions
  • Measuring correlations effectively


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Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 - Intro

03:24 - A huge thank you to those who have left a rating or review on iTunes. Feel free to share this podcast with like-minded friends using this link:

04:47 - Macro recap from Niels

08:17 - Weekly review of returns

11:01 - How has your new approach been working out, Rob?

19:33 - Q1; John: How should I approach risk-per-contract?

27:41 - Q2; Patrick: What is your opinion on using a fixed percentage of free-cash balance?

34:30 - Q3; Frederick: How do professional Trend Followers pyramid into a position?

46:24 - Q4; Michael: Which full-size contract would you say is a ‘must-have’?

01:01:19 - Q5; Rene: When it comes to trading CFDs, how can I deal with changing transaction fee percentages?

01:09:55 - Q6; Michael: Do you have any advice for a 34-year old who wants to enter the managed futures industry? Has Rob ever considered starting his own fund?

01:15:52 - Q7; James: How far back should we look when measuring correlations?

01:23:27 - Benchmark performance update

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