EXANTE 2012

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Gatis Eglitis, managing partner, EXANTE

A one-click approach to accessing alpha

By James Williams – EXANTE is a unique integrated trading and fund platform offering whose genesis grew out of a challenge faced by its five managing partners. All of them came from a trading background and shared a similar evolutionary path when working with different brokers and banks globally, developing algorithms and trading strategies. »


Andris Kaneps, director of MTG Capital Management

Volatile markets play into the hands of multi-arbitrage shop

“We really like risk-on risk-off markets. I personally think this is going to continue for some time yet. The eurozone issue is not going to be solved imminently and I expect to see a lot of volatility in the future,” comments Andris Kaneps (pictured), director of MTG Capital Management. »


Hendrik Klein, Da Vinci Invest

Trading faster than the speed of light…

Hendrik Klein (pictured) and his team at Zurich-based Da Vinci Invest AG have been trading futures on Eurex since 1995, using a sophisticated algorithm to track economic indicators. In 2009, when Need to Know News brought out a computer-readable news feed, Klein immediately implemented it into the Da Vinci algorithm. The proprietary strategy that resulted was highly successful, generating nearly 14 per cent between August and December of 2009. »


Sergey Ilchenko, Head of the Quant Department, Wermuth Asset anagement

Consistency drives performance of WEELS fund

“Delivering sustainable value” lies at the heart of the investment philosophy at Wermuth Asset Management, a German family investment firm co-founded by Jochen Wermuth and Dr Dieter Wermuth with principal offices in Wiesbaden and Moscow. In 2003, WAM opened up its Greater Europe Fund (GEF), which had been running since 1998 with internal capital. Underpinning the fund is a quantitative model that picks stocks by assigning them a “long”, “short” or “neutral” tag. »


Gregory Fishman, managing partner, Automated Intelligence Systems

Applying evolutionary ideas to algorithmic trading

Gregory Fishman (pictured) is one of the managing partners of Automated Intelligence Systems, an independent scientific institute established in Saint Petersburg in 2006. The team, which comprises some of the top Russian minds in mathematics, physics and IT, takes its inspiration from nature. By studying complex ecosystems, and how they evolve, they have developed a sophisticated algorithm based on artificial intelligence to trade the financial markets.  »


Dmitry Dudoukin, partner, Courant Asset Management

The anti-emotion approach to stock trading

Dr Anton Dudoukin and Dmitry Dudoukin are partners in Courant Asset Management Ltd. Courant Asset Management is the managing company of Courant Fund. Current Fund’s AUM is USD28.7million. Courant Fund is an equity long/short strategy that uses systematic short-term trading models. »


Bitcoins

The emergence of electronic gold…?

“I hope our fund will be the first hedge fund to take advantage of using Bitcoins,” explains Anatoliy Knyazev in Moscow. One of Exante’s managing partners, Knyazev confirms that the firm is currently in the process of structuring the fund, with a view to launch this autumn.  »


Mark Nordlicht and Uri Landesman, Platinum Partners

Spirit of entrepreneurism delivers cumulative returns of 480%

“I like to describe ourselves at Platinum Partners as entrepreneurial traders. We select and promote entrepreneurs who have an understanding of how to structure transactions in a way that caps the limit to the downside while giving us all kinds of upside opportunities,” says Uri Landesman, president and managing general partner of the New York-based firm. »


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