The easiest and safest way to short volatility is to pair it with an asset that benefits from a flight to safety and then trade around the ZIV ETF core position.
The Great Financial Crisis turned out to be the greatest buying opportunity in a generation. While most of the opportunities are long gone, due to regulations that boosted Tier 1 capital ratios there are still two attractive investment opportunities out there.
Pyxus International, fka Alliance One International, coordinates the purchase, processing, and storage of leaf tobacco from farmers all over the world and then bundles it all together and sells it wholesale to the major tobacco product manufacturers. They're headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina and employ about 3,300 people. They recently changed their name to reflect… Continue reading Pyxus International’s Second Lien Debt
I usually keep a file with random ideas I come across as I’m reading. I use these ideas to try to create two mental frameworks: How the world works; and How the world could work. Simply understanding how the world works is hard enough. Trying to understand how the world could work, and successfully capitalizing… Continue reading Investing with Global Warming
Let me tell you a story about how one company reacted to some accidental tariffs. But first, some background. Tariffs: A Primer A tariff is a tax that is placed on goods that are imported into a country. There are 3 generally accepted reasons to use tariffs. Your country has a nascent industry that you're… Continue reading How to Avoid Tariffs
Does it ever seem like saving enough money to exit the paid workforce is too daunting? How much does it really take to walk away from it all? How big a pile of loot do you need to walk away? Enough to Walk Away: in 2 parts Part One: How much money do you spend?… Continue reading Enough to Walk Away
Never let a trade turn into an investment. Trading has many truisms that are based on behavioral biases and shortcomings. One of the common ones for both traders and investors is the tendency to enter a position then hold onto it as it drops in value instead of sticking with a predefined stop loss or… Continue reading Core Trading
So much of investing is the avoidance of doing dumb stuff. If you're not sure what "dumb stuff" entails in investing then let me provide you a very incomplete list: Selling a broad index fund after if dropped 20+ percent and going to cash. Putting more than 5 percent of your portfolio into a single… Continue reading on the need to do something
The best part about financial markets is the mythos that the amateur can compete or even out-compete the professional. How many other ultra-competitive activities does that hold true? Would you step onto the field against an NFL team? Would you wager millions of dollars playing against a chess or golf pro? Arrayed against you is… Continue reading What’s your edge?
The best part about only managing your own money is that you're incentivized to always do the right thing because it's your own money. My goal is to maximize wealth within the context of a risk management framework. I don't have a boss that's constantly pushing me to gather new assets or maximize revenue. So… Continue reading Fiduciary Standard & Radical Financial Transparency