This Small Hedge Fund Has Been Loving The Market Volatility With Returns Of Over 5% On Some Recent Days

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Mark Melin
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Looking one week in the rearview mirror, investors can only gasp. Nearly $1 trillion in stock market value was erased over five trading days from December 3 to 7, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 1000 points and the S&P 500 down more than 4.6%. Among the biggest losers was the world’s biggest corporation, Apple Computer, down 5.6% on the week. Amid this carnage, volatility trader Chase Thomas sees opportunity. After his Volatility Advantage fund turned in a 9.16% gain in November at a time when the S&P 500 posted a positive 1.79% return, Thomas was keeping…


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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing the impact of beta market environment on a technical trading strategy. A portfolio and industry consultant, wrote or edited three books including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and taught a course at Northwestern University's executive education program.