The world has become an increasingly inter-connected place to trade. Whether due to central bank liquidity or the shortening of business cycles, asset-classes tend to behave in highly correlated ways most of the time. The CONTEXT framework attempts to distill the world’s ‘risk’ asset-classes (interest-rates and curves, credit risk, FX carry, commodities, and precious metals) into a single-measure that can be judged against the US equity market in order to comprehend potential mis-pricings (or technical flows and liquidity impacts). Institutional and algorithmic clients tend to use CONTEXT as a confirmation tool for positioning against (or with) a trend. CONTEXT provides a 24-hour-a-day real-time indicator of the world’s risk appetite and whether US equities are over- or under-pricing that risk.

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