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SI210: Trend Following Q & A ft. Rob Carver
17th September 2022 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
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Rob Carver returns after his extended holiday and kicks off by taking a nostalgic look back to 1985 as the British Pounds this week hit the lowest level since that year, to reflect on how markets tend to go in cycles. We also address dynamic optimisation, whether it contributes to make more markets "tradable" and the use of "non-tradable" markets, how Rob uses correlation and clustering for his classification approach and his strategy allocating to Trend Following. Additionally, we discuss techniques for Trend Following on single stocks and determining distances in a continuous MA crossover system, strategies to increase the capacity of a Trend Following program and running multiple different systems together, and much more.


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Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 - Intro

03:52 - Key takeaways from the week?

15:35 - What does the future hold for interest rates and inflation?

22:52 - Industry performance update

25:52 - Q1, Joakim: Does dynamic optimisation in itself make more markets tradable?

32:21 - Q1, Follow-up: About adding "non-tradable" markets

35:39 - Q2, Kristen: Futures markets and Rob’s classification approach 

43:15 - Q3, Kristoffer: How to treat CTAs? And deciding between allocating to investment-grade corporate bonds or high yield bonds

49:46 - Q4, Elie: Book recommendations for relevant statistical concepts + why not build a trend following portfolio of single stocks which are optimized for low correlation?

57:15 - Q4, Follow-up: About determining distance in a continuous MA crossover system

01:02:11: - Q5, Douggie: What is the capacity of a strategy?

01:09:04 - Q6, Adam: About running multiple different systems together and splitting risk

01:13:17 - Q7, Michael: What’s behind Rob’s low trailing vol?

01:14:16 - Q8, “Toby” (Rob): Can you (Rob) explain your new book?

01:21:39 - Thanks for listening

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