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SI55: Aligning your investments with the best odds and why the Sharpe needs salt
29th September 2019 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
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In this week’s episode, we discuss why Sharpe Ratios should be taken with a pinch of salt, the benefits of using a Trading Coach, why consistently aligning with the best odds may be a better strategy than trying to predict future price moves, DUNN Capital’s recent award from HedgeWeek magazine, why ‘the standout hedge fund traders this year have been computer-driven Trend-Followers’, and why Risk Management is more important than strategy or philosophy.  Questions answered this week include: Why are commodities seen as more risky than equities?  Can you use Options in a Trend Following strategy? Should you keep your stop-loss proportionately the same across different time-frames?  Are there any markets to be avoided by new managers?

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Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 – Intro

01:05 – Reading of various podcast reviews

03:00 –  Macro recap from Niels

06:20 – Weekly review of performance

10:15 – Discussion of Mercer Trend Following paper

18:15 – Live event update 10/26/19-10/27/19; Special Guest: Denise Shull

20:35 – Top tweets

36:10 – Questions 1/2/3: Eric; Do you hedge with OTM options? Can you use options to trade trends? Will HFT algos negatively impact TF systems?

41:40 – Question 4: Sam; Should stop distance (ATR multiple) adjust with the trend speed?

47:50 – Question 5: Noobe; Are there any contracts a new manager should avoid?

54:20 – Question 6: Clay; With minimal trading activity, what do TF do all day?

01:00:50 – Question 7: Giangitano; Should you have real stop orders in the market (vs stop alerts)?

01:09:20 – Benchmark performance update

01:10:15 – Closing thoughts