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37 How to Build a Multi-Billion$ Trend-Following Firm with Martin Lueck of Aspect Capital – 1of2

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“It felt a little bit like revenge of the nerds, it wasn’t something that physicists or scientists thought about doing in those days.” – Martin Lueck (Tweet) In this episode, we get an exciting behind-the-scenes story of one of the most famous systematic trading firms of its time, AHL. Our guest is one of the…

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36 CEO Provides Inside Look at a Currency Trading Firm with Chris Cruden of Insch Capital Management – 2of2

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“Markets exist to teach humility – and they are really really good at that.” – Chris Cruden (Tweet) In Part 2 of our conversation with the CEO of Insch Capital Management, we talk about how the firm’s trading models work and how they were built. We discuss how Insch deals with drawdowns, increased regulation, and…

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35 The Money-Making Advantages of Being a Systematic Trader with Chris Cruden of Insch Capital Management – 1of2

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“I don’t know if we’re a hedge fund, I don’t know if we’re a CTA – but as a currency trader we’ve always been the red-headed step child of both industries.” – Chris Cruden (Tweet) Our next guest was a British Army Officer and moved to South Africa before finding a career in the financial…

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34 The Art of Risk Management (for Investors) with Luc Van Hof of Capital Hedge – 2of2

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“I don’t want to trade much more money – I want to show that a mostly automated system can make money over the years in a pretty regularly recurring fashion.” – Luc Van Hof (Tweet) In the second part of our interview with hedge fund founder Luc Van Hof, we dive into the philosophy and creation…

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33 Options Trading: A Dangerous Animal? with Luc Van Hof of Capital Hedge – 1of2

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“We are more of a research company than a pure trading firm – trading is more a byproduct of what we do in terms of the research.” – Luc Van Hof (Tweet) Our next guest worked for the European Commission before starting his own firm. In an unusual career twist, he sold his company to…

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32 “One of the Most Misunderstood Stats That You Can Use…” with Marc Malek of Conquest Capital Group – 2of2

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“If you can’t explain it in English to a reasonably intelligent person why it really works, then we don’t want it.” – Marc Malek (Tweet) In the second part of our conversation with Marc Malek, we explore the strategies that he uses to build his models and how he explains them in simple terms. We…

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31 Why Investors Should Not be Worried with Marc Malek of Conquest Capital Group – 1of2

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“People are fond of saying: ‘we are 100% systematic.’ And when you say you’re 100% of anything, it tends to make people nervous.” – Marc Malek (Tweet) This guest had a different path that eventually led to owning a hedgefund in New York. Marc Malek got a grant from NASA to study how different armored…

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30 Candid CEO: Don’t Tweak Your Models! with Aref Karim of Quality Capital Management – 2of2

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“We are not a firm that is constantly tweaking models, trying to calibrate.” – Aref Karim (Tweet) Welcome back to the second part of our discussion with Aref Karim. In this episode, Aref discusses his firm’s strategies and the broader philosophies that drives what he does. He also talks about market volatility, the need to…

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29 How the largest investor in Hedge Funds got Started with Aref Karim of Quality Capital Management – 1of2

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“Simplicity and robustness, some of the basic things that were fundamental to our philosophy at QCM because I believed in them, still prevail today.” – Aref Karim (Tweet) How do you transition from working alongside the capital management industry to starting your own hedge fund? Our next guest grew up in Bangladesh but fled to London…

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28 How to Bridge the Gap Between Philosophy and Rules with Scott Foster of Dominion Capital Management – 2of2

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“You are not going to make money because of a formula; you use formulas, but that is not why you make money.” – Scott Foster (Tweet) Welcome back to the second part of our interview with Scott Foster, President and Founder of Dominion Capital Management. In this episode, we learn the philosophical rules that drive…

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