Fund Flows

A Brief History Of Tail Risk: From LTCM, ABX, CDS, To VIX

"While I think valuations may be stretched, my bigger concern is that the real risk lies in market structure – more specifically to volatility and correlation strategies that quickly propagate through the financial markets with the aid of algorithmic trading..."

"Friends Don't Let Friends Buy VIX"

"You know a trade is getting crowded when my parents start asking about it.  You know just how one sided something is when people think that even Chuck Norris can’t make money buying vol... I think selling VIX is very crowded and fraught with danger."

Nasdaq Crack: Sharp Slowdown In Tech Funds

One doesn't need to see the recent fund flows to know that the tech euphoria of the past seven months appears to be ending - one look at the recent underperformance of the Nasdaq is sufficient - but it helps.

BofA Institutional Clients Sell Tech Stocks For 3rd Straight Week

Last week, during which the S&P 500 climbed 0.2%, BofAML clients were net sellers of single stocks for the third consecutive week, although the number was almost offset by net buying of ETFs. Institutional clients were the biggest sellers and have now sold stocks the last two weeks,

SocGen: "Fundamentals No Longer Matter? Yeah Right..."

"Any systematic strategy formulated around any notion of price momentum (we’d put volatility weighted and risk parity into this group as well) are simply following slavishly these changes in fundamentals using price as the principal signal for a change in expectations. So it is not that systematic strategies are not driven by fundamentals, it is they offer no view to the future"

BofA: "Central Banks Are Now In A Desperate Dilemma"..."Start Buying Volatility"

"Central banks, the reason behind high asset prices and low vol, are now in desperate dilemma: politically unacceptable for bubble on Wall St, but central banks will be tightening into deflation; inflection point for volatility is upon us and we recommend investors buy volatility....Fed tightening in 2017 could easily be followed by easing in 2018, in our view."