Since 2002, Attain has dedicated themselves to the cultivation of quality managed futures education and research – putting out this Monday newsletter nearly every one of the 400+ Mondays since we opened our doors. Believe it or not, this type of work every Monday hasn’t left us tired or out of ideas – but instead […]
MFA is kicking off today in Chicago, and we’re excited about the meetings coming up. You may have seen Walter Gallwas and John Cummings walking around the Fairmont. They’re there meeting with Northfield Trading- the CTA behind the Northfield Trading Diversified Program. You can learn more about this managed futures standout here: http://bit.ly/mEBDcG We kicked off our […]
Great meeting with Nigol Koulagian and his team from Quest Partners. Nigol is a research first type of manager, who not only knows the ins and outs of his program, but has intelligent views on the managed futures industry as a whole. His take – that the big boys in the industry are moving further […]
Just got done chatting with Robert A. Kepler of Lenapi Advisors, LLC. Kepler’s systematic prowess contributed to the building of the Global Macro arm of hedge fund titan MKP, but after realizing that the company’s emphasis on managed futures was not going to cut it for them anymore, Kepler and his partner struck out on […]
John and Walter are taking a break from their whirlwind MFA tour here at the office, and reporting on their meetings with two emerging managers: QMS and SCT Trading. QMS is run by soft-spoken, knowledgeable Dr. Peter Nolan and Dr. Michael Brant. Dr. Brant, a professor at Duke, has harnessed the research power of the […]
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