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About this podcast

Dean Curnutt

The Alpha Exchange is a podcast series launched by Dean Curnutt to explore topics in financial markets, risk management and capital allocation in the alternatives industry. Our in depth discussions with highly established industry professionals seek to uncover the nuanced and complex interactions between economic, monetary, financial, regulatory and geopolitical sources of risk. We aim to learn from the perspective our guests can bring with respect to the history of financial and business cycles, promoting a better understanding among listeners as to how prior periods provide important context to present day dynamics. The “price of risk” is an important topic. Here we engage experts in their assessment of risk premium levels in the context of uncertainty. Is the level of compensation attractive? Because Central Banks have played so important a role in markets post crisis, our discussions sometimes aim to better understand the evolution of monetary policy and the degree to which the real and financial economy will be impacted. An especially important area of focus is on derivative products and how they interact with risk taking and carry dynamics. Our conversations seek to enlighten listeners, for example, as to the factors that promoted the February melt-down of the VIX complex. We do NOT ask our guests for their political opinions. We seek a better understanding of the market impact of regulatory change, election outcomes and events of geopolitical consequence. Our discussions cover markets from a macro perspective with an assessment of risk and opportunity across asset classes. Within equity markets, we may explore the relative attractiveness of sectors but will NOT discuss single stocks.
Recent Episodes

Bill Birmingham, Chief Investment Officer, Osprey Funds 12 Jul 2022 · 48 minutes

Andy Constan, Founder, Damped Spring Advisors 30 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes

Vishnu Kurella, Macro Portfolio Manager 17 Jun 2022 · 53 minutes

Devin Anderson, Co-Founder, Convexitas 13 Jun 2022 · 55 minutes

Robin Wigglesworth, Editor, Alphaville 10 Jun 2022 · 58 minutes

Jon Kalikow, President, Gamma Real Estate and AFC Gamma 08 Jun 2022 · 55 minutes

Puneet Kohli, Assistant Vice President, Fixed Income and Derivatives, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan 29 Apr 2022 · 57 minutes

Cameron Crise, Macro Strategist, Bloomberg 22 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute