Artwork for podcast Top Traders Unplugged
TTU131: How CTAs manage their Cash ft. Mike Kastner, Principle & Co-Founder at Halyard Asset Management
13th February 2023 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
00:00:00 00:47:46

Share Episode


Today, we are joined by Mike Kastner, Principle and Co-Founder at Halyard Asset Management, for a conversation on how they use fixed income instruments to manage the cash of many CTA portfolios. We discuss how managers have evolved in terms of the way they manage cash, how Halyard Asset Management construct a portfolio from a liquidity point of view and the current state of liquidity, how they approach credit rating and why they avoid buying paper from certain banks. We also unpack what they think the sweet spot for foreign exchange hedging is and how they approach risk management, why Kastner does not believe we are approaching a recession and that there is a likely chance of a significant fall in the long bond price, as well as what Kastner believes will happen in the housing market and much more.


EXCEPTIONAL RESOURCE: Find Out How to Build a Safer & Better Performing Portfolio using this FREE NEW Portfolio Builder Tool


ATTENTION TTU TRIBE : SIGN-UP for Rick Rule's Symposium: Once in a life-time natural resource insights from the BEST investors in the world via a first-class livestream or Live event!

Follow Niels on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube or via the TTU website.

IT’s TRUE ? – most CIO’s read 50+ books each year – get your FREE copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Best Investment Books ever written here.

And you can get a free copy of my latest book “The Many Flavors of Trend Following” here.

Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.

Send your questions to

And please share this episode with a like-minded friend and leave an honest Rating & Review on iTunes or Spotify so more people can discover the podcast.

Follow Alan on Twitter.

Read more about Halyard Asset Management.

Episode Timestamps:

02:40 - Introduction to Halyard Asset Management

04:12 - History of Cash Management

07:16 - What happened with money market funds?

09:34 - Has the Cash Management space changed?

11:02 - Cash Management philosophy

12:23 - A liquid portfolio

17:39 - Drawing the safety line

19:25 - Considering ESGs

21:11 - Managing cash in different currencies

22:41 - Balancing the mandates

23:52 - Managing risk

25:44 - Thinking about expected returns

27:05 - The evolution of fees

29:40 - Lessons learned

31:27 - How does Kastner see the world?

33:22 - Where are we heading?

37:00 - The global perspective

39:05 - The debt issue

41:30 - Why Cash Management is not Easy

43:00 - Expectations for 2023

45:59 - Thanks for listening

Copyright © 2023 – CMC AG – All Rights Reserved


PLUS: Whenever you're ready... here are 3 ways I can help you in your investment Journey:

1. eBooks that cover key topics that you need to know about

In my eBooks, I put together some key discoveries and things I have learnt during the more than 3 decades I have worked in the Trend Following industry, which I hope you will find useful. Click Here

2. Daily Trend Barometer and Market Score

One of the things I’m really proud of, is the fact that I have managed to published the Trend Barometer and Market Score each day for more than a these tools are really good at describing the environment for trend following managers as well as giving insights into the general positioning of a trend following strategy! Click Here

3. Other Resources that can help you

And if you are hungry for more useful resources from the trend following world...check out some precious resources that I have found over the years to be really valuable. Click Here

Privacy Policy