I am in the camp that gets excited about volatile times. Increased volatility creates additional opportunities. Also, since we are on the hedged side of the business, we are in a unique spot to be able to capitalize off market swings.
Market movement creates opportunities for us to adjust our hedges, but also to alter or exit many of our trades and enter into new trades that didn’t exist previously. And, as volatility increases we find that asset class correlations break down.
In ordinary uneventful times there is high correlation among securities of the same or similar issuers across asset classes. While equities, convertibles, high yield and options are traded by largely different players and desks, and ultimately held by different end investors, they are highly correlated. Convert guys know what price the high yield bonds trade at and at what volatility the options trade. Those desks in turn should be focused on convert and equity valuations.
Normally, markets are fairly efficient and quick to adjust when other asset classes move. When volatility increases, though, markets move fast and each player has a tendency to focus more on their market and less on the other markets.
We can take advantage of these dislocations to create arbitrage situations or to adjust positions. Additionally, we can take them as a warning sign that other markets are pricing in risks that our market hasn’t yet.
The first thing I do when markets are moving fast is make sure we are positioned well and prepared. After that, I look for opportunity:
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