Russell 2000

Small Cap Stocks 'Relative Risk' Soars Near 11-Year Highs

Since President Trump's election, Small Cap Russell 2000 stocks have outperformed (almost double the S&P 500). However, those gains have come at a cost - the price to protect against Small Cap stock losses relative to S&P 500 stocks is near its highest since 2006.

How Hedge Funds Closed Out 2016, And Why Hopes For A 2017 Rebound May Disappoint

In recent weeks there has been a burst of hope that 2017 will be better for hedge funds as a result of the recent collapse in cross-asset correlation; it is hoped that the resulting returns dispersion would make it easier for hedge funds to stand out in a world in which correlation had been at near record highs. But is that an accurate description of events?  To a great extent, the answer is no.

2016 Facts And Figures Quiz

From Donald Trump’s unorthodox but successful campaign for President to the Brexit vote, popular votes shifted the course of global politics in ways very few could have imagined a year ago. Here is a brief quiz that highlights the year’s politics, developments in technology, and changes in the U.S. labor market/economic policy. 

Banks In Drag - The Russell 2000 Exposed

The recent appreciation in financials is apparently a response to the new administration’s planned policies that are generally viewed as beneficial for the financial sector.  Given the regulatory oppression of the past eight years, this may very well be a sound reason to own bank stocks. However, the R2K index is trading at grossly elevated levels. Owning the index for anything other than pure speculative trading is ridiculous. Owning the index for its bank exposure is insane.