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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 10+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams.

Jun 15, 2013

My guest today is Dan Collins, a senior producer for CBS Previously, he was a New York correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and a reporter for the New York Daily News.

The topic is the article Quant Hedge Funds Hit By US Bonds Sell-Off.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Why trend followers are speculators rather than investors
  • Why the Financial Times article showed a misunderstanding of trend following in general
  • Headlines and what drives them
  • Equity-centric writers
  • Why long term trend following is disrespected and why there is a bias towards higher frequency, shorter term traders
  • Why keeping it simple is a good strategy
  • Fees in the managed futures and options industry
  • "Volatility value trading"
  • "Style drift"
  • Why quality trend following traders under the umbrella of "managed futures" allow some lesser strategies to "free ride" on their success
  • Different time horizons in trend following
  • Why trend following is declared "dead" so often

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