How the Federal Reserve and the rise of passive investing and volatility strategies have combined to make market movements faster and more severe.

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Corey Hoffstein is the founder and chief investment officer of Newfound Research LLC, a quantitative research and investment fund. He is also the host of the “Flirting with Models” podcast. 

His most recent research is “Liquidity Cascades: The Coordinated Risk of Uncoordinated Market Participants.” 

In it, he examines three popular narratives about what is driving radical swings in markets, including:

  • The increased role of the Federal Reserve
  • The rise of passive and index investing
  • The growth of volatility-correlated strategies 

He finds that, individually, none could explain the radical market shifts we’ve seen. However, when combined, they create a market incentive loop that is causing markets to move and react to exogenous shocks more quickly and aggressively than ever before. 

Find our guest online:
Twitter: @choffstein 
Website: Newfound Research

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