Jason Buck is joined today by Zed Francis to discuss the benefits of adding volatility strategies to your portfolio, achieving a negative a correlation to equities during market downturns, what Zed calls the ‘3 trading levers’, profiting from institutional volatility players, problems with some long-volatility strategies, when a discretionary approach is needed, how to adjust a portfolio if volatility is persisting, some thoughts on the VIX ETF, helping clients to achieve capital efficient accounts, maintaining liquidity for rebalancing during a selloff, and the deeper insight into the global macro landscape that being a volatility expert gives you.
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00:00 - Intro
01:41 - Why should somebody add volatility or tail-risk strategies into their portfolio?
03:10 - Seeking a negative correlation to equities
06:16 - Can you explain what you call your ‘3 trading levers’?
08:11 - Can you breakdown your approach to combining ‘long gamma’ and ‘short Vega’?
13:40 - Do you aim to profit off institutional volatility sellers?
15:16 - Tell us about the short-vega side of your approach?
28:34 - The problems with some common long-volatility strategies?
36:24 - How do you think about the ratio between your long-gamma trades and your short-Vega trades?
38:02 - Do you want to explain your ‘Price is Right’ gameshow anology for long gamma strategies?
40:57 - Do you think that a discretionary approach is always needed at times?
50:27 - How do you adjust if volatility persists longer-term?
55:36 - What are your thoughts on the VIX?
57:50 - How to help clients to achieve capital efficient accounts?
59:37 - How do you maintain capital efficient overlays and also maintain liquidity for rebalancing during a selloff?
1:04:18 - Does being a volatility expert give you a deeper insight into the global macro landscape?