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Step into the fascinating realm of finance and investing with Niels Kaastrup-Larsen and an amazing line-up of co-hosts as your guide. Each week, we engage in captivating conversations with renowned investors, esteemed economists, skilled traders, and visionary thought leaders. Discover the wisdom derived from their journeys, embracing their triumphs and learning from their setbacks. At TTU, we strive to ignite your independent thinking, encouraging you to chart your own path to financial success. Tune in to stay informed and inspired on the ever-evolving landscape of finance and investing. Stay up-to-date with our latest episodes and blogposts at https://toptradersunplugged.com

Top Traders Unplugged Niels Kaastrup-Larsen

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Step into the fascinating realm of finance and investing with Niels Kaastrup-Larsen and an amazing line-up of co-hosts as your guide. Each week, we engage in captivating conversations with renowned investors, esteemed economists, skilled traders, and visionary thought leaders. Discover the wisdom derived from their journeys, embracing their triumphs and learning from their setbacks. At TTU, we strive to ignite your independent thinking, encouraging you to chart your own path to financial success. Tune in to stay informed and inspired on the ever-evolving landscape of finance and investing. Stay up-to-date with our latest episodes and blogposts at https://toptradersunplugged.com

    SI296: Is Trend Following Becoming Too Complicated? ft. Mark Rzepczynski

    SI296: Is Trend Following Becoming Too Complicated? ft. Mark Rzepczynski

    Mark Rzepczynski is back to discuss the latest investor sentiment survey from Societe Generale’s Capital Consulting team, to find out what strategies investors are losing interest in and which are seeing more demand right now. We also dig into how the performance of economies greatly depends on the type of government policies and how going from multilateralism to bilateralism impacts trend following, the complexity of being a systematic manager and the phalacy of consensus. Mark also explains why we need to look beyond price and consider the drivers of price, what the VUCA framework is and how/why to use it, whether trend following is becoming too complicated and much more.
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    Episode TimeStamps:
    00:39 - What has been on our radar recently?
    06:59 - Which Alternative Strategies do Investors Want...latest survey?
    12:17 - Discussing the data
    18:30 - Industry performance update
    21:26 - Is the rise of the Chinese stock market legit?
    25:08 - From multilateralism to bilateralism
    29:42 - The difference between the ideal vs. reality manager
    36:31 - The fallacy of consensus
    40:23 - Using economic data as a trend follower
    43:14 - Is price truth?
    47:38 - VUCA - what, why and how?
    54:50 - Applying VUCA to trend following
    57:46 - Is trend following becoming too complicated?
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    ALO24: Managing Money Through Structural Shifts ft. Richard Urwin

    ALO24: Managing Money Through Structural Shifts ft. Richard Urwin

    Richard Urwin, Chair of the Investment Committee at Saranac Partners, the $6bn UK wealth manager, joins Alan Dunne in this episode to discuss how he is approaching asset allocation at the current juncture. They discuss how long term valuations and asset class return forecast help inform Saranac’s strategic asset allocation and delve into some of the structural forces that may influence the economic outlook and asset class returns in the coming decade. While shifting demographics, climate change, high deficits and rising debt levels all have the potential to contribute to higher inflation and higher bond yields, Richard is cautious about being too pessimistic about the outlook and sees good opportunity in credit and alternative assets and strategies. They also discuss how Saranac think about selecting and sizing hedge funds in their portfolios and how this has changed in a higher interest rate environment.
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    Episode TimeStamps:
    02:45 - Introduction to Richard Urwin
    06:31 - A noticeable shift?
    08:49 - What is Saranac's investment philosophy?
    13:06 - Dealing with structural shifts as an asset allocator
    18:07 - How confident are they in forecasts?
    24:24 - Balancing competing forces
    30:08 - How Saranac builds balanced portfolios
    33:55 - Do they consider supply shocks in...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    SI295: Trend Followers - The Unwanted Party Guests? ft. Nick Baltas

    SI295: Trend Followers - The Unwanted Party Guests? ft. Nick Baltas

    Together with Nick Baltas, we dive into trading signal direction and discuss if signal direction always trump signal strength in portfolio construction, based on CFM’s paper on Agnostic Risk Parity. Baltas also explains why allocating risk to where opportunity lies is prudent as well as why trend following is a powerful tool to achieve a broad risk allocation. Based on Baltas’ recent paper in the Financial Times, we also discuss equity momentum and why trend followers might be the “unwanted guests at the party”.
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    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.
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    Episode TimeStamps:
    00:52 - What has been on our radar recently?
    12:36 - Industry performance update - how is May so far?
    15:45 - New Ultimate Guide out now...How to get your Free copy!
    16:38 - Q1, Peter: Should signal direction always trump signal strength in portfolio construction?
    27:39 - Q1.1 Peter: Is it reasonable to aim for broadly equal risk allocations across different asset classes?
    35:19 - Q1.2 Peter: If you were an institutional investor with an ultra-long time horizon, a stomach for short-term volatility and a mandate to deliver the highest possible CAGR over the long-term, how much of your portfolio would you allocate to systematic trend-following?
    39:22 - Q1.3 Peter: Do you agree with Anthony Todd's description of trend alpha coming in bursts?
    46:54 - Discussing Nick's paper in the Financial Times
    57:48 - What kind of party guest would a trend follower be?
    59:09 - Thanks for...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    ALO23: Behind the Scenes of a High Net Worth Investor ft. Tad Fallows

    ALO23: Behind the Scenes of a High Net Worth Investor ft. Tad Fallows

    In this episode, Tad Fallows, Founder of Long Angle, a community for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth investors, joins Alan Dunne for a fascinating chat on how they approach asset allocation and find niche investment opportunities. Tad speaks about the typical risk appetite of his co-investors, highlighting how age and generation of wealth shape the risk profile of members. He talks about investments in private equity, alternative assets, and their investment strategies in the shifting macro landscape. Tad highlights why hedge funds may seem less appealing to them but why he has a lot of interest in trend following. He also speaks to some of the more esoteric investments his group makes such as whiskey aging, and talks about their crypto exposure. Finally, he highlights the importance of intuition and high conviction when making investment deals.
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    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 “Ten Reasons to Add Trend Following to Your Portfolio” here.
    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.
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    Episode TimeStamps:
    02:34 - Introduction to Tad Fallows
    12:38 - The risk appetite of Long Angle investors
    15:45 - What defines the Long Angle community?
    19:52 - Why not the traditional route?
    23:14 - How are they allocated?
    27:20 - How they incorporate private equity in their portfolio
    35:02 - How much of their returns are resilient to changes in global macro?
    40:18 - Micro or macro?
    45:08 - Taking advantage of inefficiencies in...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    SI294: Lowering the Cost of being Long Commodities ft. Hari Krishnan

    SI294: Lowering the Cost of being Long Commodities ft. Hari Krishnan

    Hari Krishnan returns to the show for a deep dive into commodities. He helps us understand why investing in commodities is not as easy as other markets and why he believes that we are entering a commodity super cycle. We also discuss how to overcome the challenges of holding and storing commodities and why cheap commodities are not always so cheap once you start rolling your futures position. We talk about where his new “virtual storage” concept can add value to a trend following system and much more.
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    And you can get a free copy of my latest book “Ten Reasons to Add Trend Following to Your Portfolio” here.
    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.
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    Episode TimeStamps:
    01:07 - What is catching our attention recently?
    06:53 - A recap of April
    10:14 - Hari's thoughts on trend following
    14:30 - The interesting commodities
    18:10 - A commodity super cycle inbound?
    20:36 - BUT...Commodity Bulls used the same arguments in 2022
    22:51 - How commodity storage functions
    29:57 - Balancing divergence and convergence
    32:26 - How virtual commodity storage works
    35:55 - The role of trend following in a regime-based participation
    42:47 - How consistent is the virtual warehousing approach?
    47:06 - Manual or systematized?
    48:59 - Overcoming the challenges of commodities
    53:44 - What markets can the method be applied to?
    54:16 - Thanks for listening
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    • 55 min
    GM60: Preparing Your Portfolio for the Second Half of 2024 ft. Christian Mueller-Glissmann

    GM60: Preparing Your Portfolio for the Second Half of 2024 ft. Christian Mueller-Glissmann

    In this episode, Cem and I welcome Christian Mueller Glissman back on the show, and together, we tackle the intricacies of capital allocation in 2024, particularly amid the pivotal elections we expect to see. We discuss the pros and cons of starting with a 60/40 portfolio allocation strategy. Cem and Christian highlight Europe's resilience to inflation and its potential energy cost advantages, making it an attractive investment destination. We also analyze how election cycles, especially during populist periods like now, influence the economy and markets. Christian shares insights on using structured products to manage volatility, and both he and Cem strongly advocate for strategies like trend following in current market conditions. Finally, we discuss what an optimal portfolio allocation should include in 2024.
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    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 “Ten Reasons to Add Trend Following to Your Portfolio” here.
    Learn more about the Trend Barometer here.
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    Episode TimeStamps:
    02:39 - Christian's current big picture macro framework
    07:22 - The role of volatility in inflation
    12:20 - Should the 60/40 portfolio always be your starting point?
    21:02 - What are the risks of the 60/40 portfolio not being the starting point?
    27:37 - A scary situation in Europe?
    32:16 - How election periods affect the economy
    40:22 - A wall of worry
    43:30 - Christian's thoughts on using structured products to reduce...

    • 1 hr 5 min

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507 Ratings

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