The Derivative

The Derivative

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Welcome to The Derivative by RCM Alternatives, where we dive into what makes alternative investments go, analyze the strategies of unique hedge fund managers, and chat with interesting guests from across the investment world. Hosted by RCM Managing Partner, Jeff Malec, join us to take a ride through the world of alternative investments.


Trend Following Turtle Tails (and Tales) with Jerry Parker
Aug 6 • 82 min
Legend time. We’re hearing straight from the mouth of well-known Turtle Trader – Jerry Parker – on this episode to talk all things trend following. Becoming a leading voice in the alternatives investment and trend following space – Jerry has turned his…
Do Hedge Funds Suck? With Max Nissman, Olivier d’Assier, and Scott Treloar
Jul 30 • 58 min
We sat down with three different legs of the hedge fund stool who (feeling the currently hedge fund investment landscape is a bit broker) are partnering on bringing some disruption to the hedge fund space with a new platform/fund of funds approach to…
Seeking (VIX) Certainty with Certeza’s Brett Nelson
Jul 23 • 75 min
In a #ThrowbackThursday of sorts, we’re bringing you an episode recorded pre-pandemic where we hit the road and traveled to Utah to interview the brain behind Certeza Asset Management, Founder and CIO – Brett Nelson. Brett is another guest deserving of…
BLNDX[ing] Trend Following and Global Equity with Standpoint’s Eric Crittenden
Jul 16 • 89 min
How do you get investors to stick with an asset allocation that’s good for them in the long term, but maybe doesn’t taste so good over shorter timer periods? Today’s guest has designed a new mutual fund to attempt just that, giving investors the whole…
Why Charts and What Data with Sean Brown of YCharts
Jul 9 • 64 min
In today’s episode, we’re passing by all the players and calling in the head coach – the head coach of Ycharts that is. Sean Brown – CEO of Ycharts joins us to talk about how this FinTech SAAS focused company is helping investors and advisors make the…
5 Asia/China Focused Hedge Funds, 1 Podcast!
Jul 2 • 100 min
We recently wrapped up our virtual conference: “Capitalizing on China’s Growth: Opening the Door for Investors and Managers” where we had some great one-on-one interviews with hedge fund managers operating in Asia and live in mainland China markets,…
$TVIX gets Terminated – What^%$#
Jun 25 • 58 min
Similar to how we quickly grabbed some experts to discuss Crude Oil going negative, we grabbed some VIX experts as soon as the news hit this week that Credit Suisse was pulling the plug on one of the biggest VIX tracking exchange traded products. What…
Noodling on Ensembles, Trend, & Convexity with Newfound’s Corey Hoffstein
Jun 18 • 90 min
Our guest today is the Co-founder & CEO of Newfound Research, host of the popular podcast Flirting with Models, and FinTwit “influencer” – Corey Hoffstein. In this episode, we’re talking with Corey about the impact of “data”, the juvenile meaning behind…
Allocating to Alts with RPMs Alexander Mende
Jun 11 • 62 min
In this episode, we’re flipping the script of our usual hedge fund manager and drilling down on the allocation side. Alexander Mende is a Senior Investment Analyst and Head of Investment Research at RPM Risk and Portfolio Management. We’re covering a lot…
Navigating Market Volatility with CBOE’s Kevin Davitt, Wayne Himelsein of Logica Capital Advisers, Jason Buck of Mutiny Fund, and Bastian Bolesta of Deep Field Capital.
Jun 4 • 77 min
In this episode, we’re joined by a powerhouse group of volatility experts consisting of Kevin Davitt, Wayne Himelsein, Jason Buck, and Bastian Bolesta – moderated by our very own Jeff Malec discussing Navigating Market Volatility. Providing more than just…
Black Swans, Gray Rhinos, and Tigers..Oh My with Michele Wucker
May 28 • 74 min
The financial world seems to have a fascination with zoomorphism – the attribution of animal names, emotions, or intentions to non- animal occurrences like market shocks. Black Swans are the famous one, but there’s also been White Moose and Gray Rhino…
Tagging a Value to Pro Sports Teams with Bob Reif and Josh Moscot of TAG
May 21 • 75 min
70 days without sports – seems unbelievable, right? The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in more ways than one, and while no sports for 2+ months is at the top of the “first world problems” list, it’s a void left unfulfilled for many people. So we…
Uncovering the Known Unknowns of the Pandemic with Chief Economist Blu Putnam, ReSolve’s Rodrigo Gordillo, and Teza’s Dan Deering
May 14 • 74 min
In today’s episode, we have a little different structure and three unique guests to bring a fresh twist on The Derivative podcast. Blu Putnam of the CME Group, Rodrigo Gordillo of ReSolve Asset Management, and Dan Deering of Teza Technologies join us to…
Tackling Trading Technologies and (lower case t) technology with Guy Scott of TT
May 7 • 72 min
Futures traders take clicking a price to generate an order on their PCs for granted these days, much less the instant delivery of every tick, order book data, and trade fills. How’s it all work? How did it all used to work? In this episode we talk with…
Texas Style Trend Following with Salem Abraham
Apr 30 • 79 min
This episode’s guest, Salem Abraham, is a bit of a legend in the trend following/managed futures space, with his 30+ years of knowledge and experience making for some of the best stories in the industry (and one of our most entertaining guests to date).…
Valuing VIX and Volatility with Joe Tigay
Apr 25 • 74 min
VIX and volatility guru (who also sidelines as CBOE & CNBC contributor and an RIA and CFO) Joe Tigay is on our pod to share some nuggets of VIX and vol expertise with our listeners. In addition to vix & vol, we’re also talking about Michigan sports teams,…
Crude Oil goes Negative… What^%$#
Apr 21 • 47 min
Yesterday was a historic day for crude……and the trend continues today. With crude oil going negative for the first time ever. That’s right – May Crude Oil futures went to -$37/barrel. Essentially saying you would get paid $37 per barrel to own this Oil.…
Exchanging Intellectual Assets with $TAIL, $SYLD $GVAL ETF-icionado Meb Faber
Apr 17 • 89 min
In this episode we chat with an ETF creator, financial book author, and host of the popular Meb Faber Show podcast. We’re talking with Meb Faber about Colorado sports teams, trend following, skiing vs surfing, farmland investments, interesting pod guests,…
The principles of VIX trading with Alex Orus of Principalium
Apr 9 • 75 min
In this episode we’re diving deep into VIX futures and using that instrument to gain convexity in a portfolio, we chat with Swiss hedge fund manager Alex Orus of Principalium who have a three pronged approach to trading volatility as an asset class. Our…
Trading Chinese Futures Markets with Abingdon Global
Apr 2 • 55 min
Chickity China the Chinese chicken futures. Between strict regulations, gated access, mainland-based employees, and more seemingly difficult roadblocks, the Chinese Futures Market can feel untouchable. But with abundant growth possibilities and highly…
Trading Commodity Volatility – A Woman’s Perspective
Mar 26 • 61 min
Take a listen to our latest podcast to hear why we think trading in and out of different volatility regimes in the commodity markets “like a woman” is a big PLUS. We talk with Kimberly Rios, portfolio manager of the Catalyst Hedged Commodity Strategy Fund…
Capturing the Global Sell-Off with Bastian Bolesta of Deep Field Capital
Mar 19 • 97 min
This timely episode gets into just what kind of investment strategy you would have needed to have to capture the huge down move in markets recently and huge spike up in volatility. We talk with Bastian Bolesta, founder and CEO of Swiss-based hedge fund…
Crypto & Bitcoin Lending with Tom Anderson of Drawbridge Lending
Mar 12 • 66 min
A little different than our usual “hedge fund strategy manager” we chat with Tom Anderson – journalist turned trader turned broker turned entrepreneur – who is now President and Chairman of the Board at DrawBridge Lending; a Chicago fintech company…
Asset Allocation, AI, and the Alpha Process with Resolve Asset Management
Mar 4 • 55 min
We sit down with the three Canadian founders of Resolve Asset Management to talk zebras walking amongst horses, mid-frequency trading (move over HFT), how the Chicago Bears don’t add Alpha, extracting structural market flaws, low carb diets, regulatory…
Staging a Market Mutiny with Jason Buck and Taylor Pearson of Black Pearl
Feb 27 • 99 min
In this episode exploring the many facets of long volatility and tail risk exposure, we pick the brains of the founders of the Mutiny investment program, which invests in half a dozen VIX and volatility trading programs in a multi-manager, multi-strategy…
Decoding Execution Algos with Joe Signorelli & David Don
Feb 4 • 64 min
This episode dives deep into the math and people behind what most people take for granted or don’t even know they need to improve their trading – execution algorithms. We cover Orlando as a favorite vacation spot (What&^%), what/who is a quant, working…
The Life of a Discretionary Trader with Breakout Funds’ Aaron Larkin & Matt Laviolette
Feb 4 • 48 min
This fun conversation talks with two guys who have chosen a life of monitoring the markets on a near real-time basis, covering serious strategy components, as well as whether a Bulls game or trading Asian markets overnight is more fun for a trader in…
Wayne Himelsein: The Human Behind the Hedge Fund
Jan 27 • 54 min
Wayne Himelsein is a hedge fund manager, President, and Chief Investment Officer at Logica Capital Advisers. Beyond that Wayne is a 25-year veteran in the trading space, and we’re talking about hedge funds, his quantitative investment strategies, and even…