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Alpha Hunter Jeremy King on Contrarian Asian Alpha Generation

Oct 17th, 2011 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies

Jeremy King of Knight Pacific discusses his contrarian views on investing in Asia.Read More


Alpha Hunter Chris Brodie Talks About 20 Years’ Worth of Commodities

Oct 6th, 2011 | Filed under: Commodities, Currencies, CTA, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies

Chris Brodie has been trading commodities for over 20 years, and set up Krom River in 2006. Scotsman Brodie relocated to Zug in Switzerland several years ago and has no regrets about the move. The fund’s best year so far was 2008 when it rose by 37% while the GSCI fell by two thirds, and it was also up in August of this year. Krom River are running both discretionary and systematic funds, and also have a dedicated agricultural vehicle. We touched on a range of topics that CAIA candidates and charterholders will be familiar with. Krom River is a signatory of the Hedge Fund Standards Board that has been discussed on AAA.Read More


Alpha Hunters: Craig Donohue on The Secrets of Futures & Options Exchanges

Oct 3rd, 2011 | Filed under: Commodities, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies

The concept underpinning financial exchanges can be traced back through much of human history. In Aristotle's Politics, "...there is the anecdote of Thales and his financial device.... he knew by his skill in the stars while it was yet winter that there would be a great harvest of olives in the coming year; so, having little capital, he gave earnest-money for the use of all the olive-press in Chios and Miletus, which he hired at a low price because no one bid against him. When the harvest-time came, and many wanted them all at once and of a sudden, he let them out at any rate which he pleased, and made a quantity of money..." While technology has moved on, the basic principle of futures and options exchanges remains the same. Participants in the market can take the role of Thales (using their insight to bet on price increases), the olive-press-owners (who hedged that Thales' price for the future was higher than they would otherwise get) or even investors who provide 'earnest money' to Thales (assuming markets will rise) or fund the olive-presses (assuming prices will fall).Read More