Legendary Trader and CEO Alpha Financial Technologies LLC.
Victor Sperandeo is a legendary trader and excellent financial commentator based in the USA. Sperandeo has over 45 successful years on Wall Street in trading independently with his own money and on behalf of big names and other notable investors such as Leon Cooperman and George Soros. He has managed futures trading for EAM Group of Companies and global investment banks such as HSBC, RBS and Nomura.
He is widely known as “Trader Vic” in Wall Street, a title earned because of his intellectual ability and skills to trade profitably.
?Mr. Sperandeo is widely regarded as an expert in commodities, particularly in the Energy and Metals sectors. His market crash prediction during a September 1987 Barron’s interview earned him great recognition and highlighted his deep understanding of financial markets. In recent years, Mr. Sperandeo is best known for developing indexes and trading strategies that are designed to benefit from futures price trends. These include both actively managed strategies as well as rules-based algorithmic quantitative models. He has received three patents in the U.S., two in the Bahamas, and one in Australia on financial products using long/short algorithmic indicators or indices in conjunction with leverage, which add alpha while simultaneously reducing risk.
He created the Diversified Trends Indicator™, which is an evolution of these strategies. It is a rules-based, investable trading methodology incorporating a diversified group of highly liquid, exchange-traded commodity and financial futures contracts, reflecting market expectations of near-term and future price movements.
He has been featured twice in Barron’s, “Man of all Markets”, on May 2, 1983, and “Trader Vic the Ultimate Wall Street Pro”, on September 21, 1987 — and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Stocks & Commodities. Additionally, he has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, Fox and other networks. He has also been included on Ziad Adelnour's list of top 100 Wall Streeters.
The Contrarian in the book Unknown Market Wizards, Jack D. Schwager
With over 30 years of trading experience, I have gone through most markets a trader should see in their career. From the crazy rallies during the 90s, the tech bubble pop in early 2000s, the 2008 market crash and the latest bull run starting in 2009. Through the last 20 years of my career, I have used a contrarian approach which has been very successful to me and my clients, as verified by Jack D. Schwager in his latest Market Wizards book. I have managed large sums of money from a few million to several hundred million and learned a great deal about the Futures markets along with equities.
I own and manage a successful Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) business. I am a one-man operation, which allows me to enjoy the process and be the ultimate decision maker. I also publish a weekly report called the Crowded Market Report ©. I started this report early this year because I think there is a niche demand for analysis that is not your typical “trade the trend” and “moving average cross over method”, but rather, a contrarian approach based on what market participants are doing and price action is confirming. I also know it will help me be a better trader, but I also KNOW that subscribers will gain value from the report and other insight provided.
Co-Author of Trading Systems
The physicist Urban Jaekle has been trading stocks for over 25 years and futures for over 20 years. He has worked on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and has managed money for institutional investors with algo trading systems. His book “Trading Systems” (Harriman 2009 and 2019) includes strategies with free AmiBroker codes.
AmiBroker Video Course: https://videocourse.urban-stocks.com/
Founder & Managing Partner - Compounding Wealth Advisors LLP
Rakesh Pujara has over 25 years of trading and investment experience in the Indian equity markets.
He completed his Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University in 1992 and ICWA from the ICWA Institute in 1996. In the initial part of his career he worked in the Finance departments of different firms in diamond, exports and media industries. In 1999 he joined Shree Naman Securities & Finance as a Finance Manager. In 2002, he established the proprietary trading desk at Naman and grew it to be the major contributor of the firm’s revenue.
Over the years he has developed his own style of trading and analyzing the markets and enjoys studying the behavioral aspect of the markets. He likes to look at long term trends and takes into account a number of factors such as global and local macro, fundamentals and technicals. In 2013, after he became the CEO at Naman, he established the algo trading desk which is very close to his heart. It contributed a major portion of the revenue of the prop trading desk.
Inspired by the results in Algorithm desk he formed his own company Viz. Compounding Wealth Advisors LLP which is a SEBI registered Investment Advisor & is in the Business of advising clients on generating all weather, absolute alpha generating risk adjusted returns. He is a system trader & believes in trend following & other non-correlated multiple trading systems to generate better risk adjusted return
Money Control Interview, An accidental trader: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/markets/rakesh-pujara-an-accidental-trader-4947481.html
Links to his various presentations & Panel Discussions:
1) ‘Demystifying Algo Trading’ at an event in Mumbai. YouTube links:
2) ‘Psychology of Successful Traders’ at Algo Convention 2018. YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKxNg1iA-M0
3) Panel Discussion -Algo Trading: Best Practices, Trends and Future YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FgIHJQ612M
4) Panel Discussion -Alternative Investment Funds in India - Apna Time Aagaya YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWBTWzTIgxQ&feature=youtu.be
5) Face to Face: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dol8dpM3Jfw
6) ELMLive with Rakesh Pujara https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpYmVBNs9Vw
Founder and Co-CEO of tastytrade
Tom Sosnoff is a trailblazer in the online brokerage industry, driving innovation and financial education for investors of all levels. He offers up his expertise in the options markets as co-host of tastytrade LIVE!, airing daily on the tastytrade network. A former floor trader, Tom became one of Chicago's most well-known serial entrepreneurs in fintech when he built a breakthrough options-trading platform, thinkorswim, later sold to TD-Ameritrade for $750 million.
Leveraging over 20 years of experience as a Market Maker for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and one of the original OEX traders in the S&P 100 Index pit, Tom pursued his vision to educate retail investors in options trading and build a superior trading platform and a brokerage firm that specialized in options. With that vision in mind, tastytrade was founded in 2011. Six years later, tastyworks launched with Scott Sheridan at the helm as CEO.
Tom played an instrumental role in the launch of Luckbox Magazine in 2019, and in 2020 he created the first new futures exchange in 20 years, The Small Exchange. His efforts ultimately changed the way these instruments are traded and how digital financial media is produced and consumed.
Tom has been named to Techweek’s Tech 100 list, Crain’s Chicago’s Tech 50, and has spoken at over 500 events across the globe. Tom received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and has been featured by prominent publications such as WSJ, IBD, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago, Traders Magazine, and Barron’s.
About tastytrade, Inc.
tastytrade is one of the most-watched online financial networks, engaging investors and traders across 165 countries with daily, live, cost-free and commercial free programming with over 100 million hours viewed and offers over 50 original segments for new and seasoned veteran traders. tastytrade’s data driven research-based content teaches a logical, mechanical approach to investing and identifying opportunities based on probability and volatility. Investors are continually challenged with financial math, humor and new market perspectives.
tastytrade is the parent company to tastyworks, a brokerage firm creating and leading a financial revolution for the do-it-yourself investor; Quiet Foundation, a data science-driven, fee-free investment advisory service; Dough, a mobile-first brokerage firm radically challenging the status quo and changing wealth creation; and is the lead innovator behind The Small Exchange and its mission to become the world's largest customer-centric futures exchange, bridging the futures product gap for investors of all sizes. tastytrade and its companies focus on empowering the individual investor through content, technology and know-how.
Full-time independent trader and Co-Chair for CMT Mumbai Chapter
Vishal Mehta is a full-time independent trader. He is Chartered Market Technician (CMT) from USA and Co-Chair for Mumbai Chapter for CMT. He started as discretionary trader. Seeing the benefit of systematic trading and growth in automated trading, he started focusing on systematic strategies.
Vishal, has worked with all the leading financial services provider in Indian and globally likes of Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Spider Software and Reliable Software & Financial Technologies. He also achieved a unique feat of training on Technical Analysis major central banks in South Asia likes of Sri-Lanka, Maldives, Nepal and India. He was featured on Moneycontrol and shared his journey as trader. He has done various seminars on extending the education of technical analysis and systematic trading and automation trading.
Founder, Algo Trading firm, Squareoff
Mr. Kirubakaran Rajendran is the Founder of Algo Trading firm, http://www.squareoff.in that provided automated Trading bots. He is an algo trader who has developed Multiple Trading systems for Indian Equity markets. He has been featured in MoneyControl through Interview on India Top Traders. He is active on Quora where he shared more than 1000+ articles related to trading with more than 11+millions views.
Blog: https://www.quora.com/profile/Kirubakaran-Rajendran - Quora
Proprietary Trader & Founder, Fox Trading Solutions
Puneet Tewani is a full-time algorithmic trader. He has deployed several strategies over co-located infrastructure. He is also the founder of Fox Trading Solutions, which specialises in building cutting-edge low latency solutions for HNI clients as well as brokers.
He is a former bureaucrat, who had a keen interest in trading since his school days. He has been trading in markets for the past 10 years and primarily trades in the F&O space. He was featured on Moneycontrol and shared his journey as a trader which can be read here: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/markets/guruspeak-puneet-tewani-is-an-algo-trader-who-deploys-nearly-20-intra-day-strategies-and-believes-cutting-losses-to-protect-profits-is-very-important-6963221.html
System-based F&O Trader and Trainer
Asit Baran Pati is a system-based F&O trader (8+ years) and trainer of the Indian Equity market. With more than 12 years of experience in the Investment Banking space (Bank Am/UBS/Blackstone). Managing an AUM of 25cr in the Indian market, he is quite aware of the dynamics of the Trading and Investment world, with hands-on experience of Financial Valuations through modeling. With the help of an indigenously developed Ranking System (A multi-timeframe and multi Indicator system) Asit has a penchant for Long Options.
A Chartered Market Technician (MTA, USA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute, USA), Certified in Quantitative Finance (CQF, London), Certified Financial Technician (CFTe), Investment Banking Analyst (IMS) & B.Com by qualification, Shubham is among handful professionals with expertise in multiple research domains. He has been a programmer himself in Tens of programming languages and has lead a Quant Team for over 6 years. With 18 years of professional experience in Research & Advisory he has also been one of the pioneers of ROBO advisory in Indian Market. He is a known face on business media for his take on markets and trading strategies.
Founder, Quantgym Solutions
Subhadip is a quantitaive derivatives trader in the Indian markets. He graduated with Economics with post grad in management and computer programming. He has been a systematic trader since almost the start of his trading career, one of the first traders in India to build and deploy systems for trading.
In 2008, he joined Proficient Commodities as the research head, heading a team of 200 proprietary traders. Proficient was among the top 3 firms in India in terms of volume on MCX and MCX-SX at that point of time.
He later became a director of Proficient Infosoft, building and deploying automated trading algos on MCX and MCX-SX.
Since 2013 he is on his own managing his own funds, building systems and training budding systems traders. His focus is now much more quantitative , building on his technical analysis exposure.
His firm Quantgym Solutions provides consulting solutions and trainings on quantitative systems on the Indian markets.
He has been interviewed and quoted numerous times by Economic Times, ET Price, Forbes, Bloomberg, Moneycontrol etc about his take on Indian markets
Co-founder of elearnmarkets.com and StockEdge App
Vivek Bajaj has been trading derivatives since 2002. He is the co-founder of one of the largest proprietary trading desks in India with over 150 traders. He is also co-founder of elearnmarkets.com and StockEdge app. He is part of various committees of exchanges and has been an active contributor in the evolution of Derivative Market in India. He has been a speaker at various colleges and higher institutions including IIT and IIMs.
Founder & CEO, LearnApp
Prateek Singh is a serial entrepreneur whose journey started in 2008 when he co-founded Tradersaint, a trading forum.
Soon in 2013, he founded MarketScientist, a firm that aimed at making knowledge sharing and learning accessible, interactive, and cutting-edge. The firm experimented with various formats and eventually in August 2018 found its niche in LearnApp, an online learning platform that allows one to learn directly from industry stalwarts.
Prateek, a seasoned trader, started his trading career after dropping out after grade 8 and has never stopped since then. At 29 today, he has moved into Algorithmic trading and uses Statistics to make profitable trading decisions. He mastered trading skills by observing and absorbing knowledge from stock market leaders by way of reading and watching. It was this life experience that gave birth to the idea of LearnApp.
He has now made it his mission to convince the industry leaders to come together for sharing their business insights and experiences so that new entrants don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Asia Pacific Head of the CMT Association
Joel Pannikot is an education business leader. He has spent over 20 years across various sectors of the education-technology industry including commercial education, corporate training, K-12, and continuing professional education. He has led 3 ed-tech startups in this time.
Currently, he is the Asia Pacific Head of the CMT Association and Founder of Peak You. His work uncovers learning synergies between the Industry, Academia and the Non-Profit sector.
Prior to these roles, Joel was CEO of Zaya Learning Labs, an education technology social enterprise that solved affordable access of digital learning. He also restructured the Teach A Class Foundation (TAC), a section 8 non-profit, into India's first crowdfunding platform for school teachers.
From 2010 to 2017, Joel managed the Asia-Pacific education strategy for Bloomberg L.P., the world’s largest decision support platform for governments and corporations. He supported leading educational institutions in benefiting from their relationship with Bloomberg.
Before Bloomberg, Joel was an entrepreneur, training global corporations in performance, sales and communication. He collaborated with business schools for workshops on corporate life skills and financial markets and also conducted pre-placement clinics.
Since 2001, his career has spanned education, pharma business development and international fixed income derivatives trading.
Chartered Accountant and Independent Trader
Niraj is a Chartered Accountant, who loves trading and is an Independent Trader. He has worked with Arthur Andersen - Transaction Advisory Group, Michael Porter's Monitor Consulting Group, Asian Paints followed by RARE Enterprises (Partnership firm led by India's Billionaire Investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala).
Founder of Pasi Technologies
Co-founder - QCAlpha
Dr. Prashant Mullick has a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois (USA). He has worked with General Electric where he led the process development materials for the display industry. His current work is in the field of automated algo-trading strategy development. At QCAlpha, Prashant utilizes his analytical skills to build the firm’s systematic algorithmic trading strategies that are based on momentum, volatility arbitrage, and statistical pattern recognition.
Head - Marketing & Business Development, Definedge Solutions
Abhijit Phatak been studying and trading on the basis of charts since 2003-2004.
He has developed a unique method of identifying what the market is upto, on the basis of charts of Options, and also straddles, OI of options, and Put-Call ratio at various strike prices. He has observed on many occasions how options charts have a different story to tell, sometimes exactly opposite to what the chart of the underlying is showing.
The momentum of a trend in the indices can also be identified on the basis of charts of a bunch of straddles. Almost all the techniques have been developed on his own by observing them over the years and many of the techniques that he uses are not found in any textbook of technical analysis.
He conducts sessions on his observations that have been well received by participants.
Co-Founder at Quantify Capital
Co-Founder of Quantify Capital, a quantitative research and trading company (www.quantifycapital.in)
A CFA Charter Holder. The CFA Charter is one of the most respected designations in finance and is widely considered to be the gold standard in the field of investment analysis,
NSE Certified Capital Market Professional
SEBI Registered Authorised Person
Other than trading our own proprietary book, we train and consult multi-million dollar hedge funds and large prop trading desks on systematic and quant-driven trading and how to leverage the power of algorithms & data science.
Conducted workshops on quantitative trading at premier institutions like IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIM Bangalore, Jamnalal Bajaj, etc
Panelist at CNBC Awaaz on shows such as Futures Express, Traders Hotline, Khiladi No.1
Partner at Scalium Investments
A Chartered Accountant, with experience of 10+ years in the stock market, started as a swing trader before moving to the options side.
Trading as a full-time profession for the last 7+ years, trading only in options strategies using Price action, Ichimoku, candlesticks. Developing various rule-based models for options trading.
He trades both non-directional and directional options strategies.
CTO and Co-founder FYERS
Yashas Khoday is the CTO at FYERS & also the youngest stockbroker in India. Over the years, he has built a robust trading ecosystem at FYERS by providing various new-age platforms under their umbrella of offerings. FYERS is known to be innovative & was the first brokerage in India to introduce TradingView with 'Drag & Drop' trading to retail investors. In 2019, Yashas and his team launched free trading APIs to help reduce costs for systematic traders. Recently, he was featured ‘30 under 30 Club of achievers 2021’ by BW Business World Magazine.
Algo Trader and Crypto Consultant
Co-founder & Director of iRageCapital and QuantInsti
Rajib leads the prop trading business for iRage as its CEO, focussing on strategy development, risk management, and internal processes. iRage manages potentially the broadest option portfolio book in India, being one of India’s leading High-Frequency Trading firms. Prior to iRage, he had experience in quant research (Bloomberg, NY); high-frequency trading (Optiver, Amsterdam); data analytics technology (Oracle); business strategy for an investment firm & derivatives exchanges (PwC).
As an EPAT faculty member, he takes the students through a detailed understanding of the systems & performance benchmarking of various strategies.
Rajib is an active speaker at many renowned national and international platforms including premier B-Schools like IIM-Calcutta, ISB Hyderabad and algorithmic trading conferences in Asia, America & Europe. He also takes Guest Lectures on “Quantitative and Algorithmic Trading” at IIM Ahmedabad as the elective course offered to second-year students of IIM-A's flagship PGP program (equivalent to MBA).
His hobbies include solving puzzles and traveling. He's a national olympiad finalist and has represented India in World Puzzle Championship thrice.
Consultant to Share India Securities
Kunal is a serial entrepreneur and serves as the co-founder and CEO of uTrade Solutions - an India based Fintech product firm, Hashcove – a Blockchain Solutions firm, and Cove Identity – a decentralised digital identity platform.
Kunal also runs a sustainability focussed crowdsourced initiative called Earthr Foundation.
Prior to starting his own ventures, Kunal has worked with Lehman Brothers, Nomura and BNP Paribas in London. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from PEC (India) and MBA from ESSEC (Paris). Kunal has written and published a book on Blockchain and Bitcoin called "Squaring the Blockchain Circle" and on social impact start-ups “Sociopreneur: Zero to One”
Currently, he is a consultant to Shareindia Securities as well
The book Squaring the Blockchain Circle : https://www.amazon.in/Books-Kunal-Nandwani/s?rh=n%3A976389031%2Cp_27%3AKunal+Nandwani
Joint President, Heads PCG and Alternate Channel Business, Kotak Securities
Ashish heads the Kotak Securities’ Private Client Group (PCG) and Alternate Channel Business along with Commodity and Currency. He has been part of the Kotak family for the past 20 years, handling both domestic and international markets. Ashish is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and expertise’s in the areas of risk management and capital markets.
Product Head - Derivatives, Kotak Securities
Aroop is the Product Head for Derivatives at Kotak Securities. He manages the derivatives across all segments, with higher focus on Options. In past, Aroop has essayed various roles such as Product Manager and Trader. He has been the head of the Options team on the Prop Desk of Motilal Oswal where he was also part of a team that launched one of the first NSE approved Algos in India. After his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, he founded a startup and later worked as Fund Manager for a PMS. He's a passionate football fan of Chelsea FC and founded the official India supporters club.
Head – Platform and Fintech, Kotak Securities
Siddharth heads the Platform and Fintech division at Kotak Securities. He is in responsible for trading platforms Website, .Exe, Algo, and API. In his previous organisation, Siddharth was part of the digital product team in charge of providing trading platforms. He has also experimented with entrepreneurship by developing a platform for knowledge sharing.
Founder - Wright Research
Sonam is a globally recognized quantitative investment management & research professional with more than 9 years of experience in the field. She is the founder of Mumbai-based Robo-advisor Wright Research, which builds quant strategies for the Indian market. She is an IIT Kanpur graduate with a Master's in Financial Engineering from Worldquant University. She has worked in Portfolio Management roles at HSBC and Qplum and as an algorithmic trader at Edelweiss.
Founder & CSO at AlgoBulls
Suraj is an entrepreneur and technical analyst with a decade of experience in strategic and systematic trading. He is the founder & CSO of AlgoBulls, AlgoBulls is an Algorithmic Trading Marketplace for retail traders. Across the community, AlgoBulls associates with every member. Retail traders can choose from ready-to-use strategies on the Marketplace. The 'Invite Only' Marketplace allows expert market participants to automate their trading strategies and generate revenue by listing them. With 23+ Broking House partnerships, 50,000+ Strategy Executions and INR 1500 Crore+ of Traded Volume in less than a year, AlgoBulls is transforming the way Indian traders trade.
Founder & CEO at AlgoBulls | Author
Pushpak is an IIT Delhi passout and has work experience across the Financial Services, Software and Hardware industries.
He is the Author of "Python Algorithmic Trading Cookbook", published by Packt. This is the first and currently the only cookbook in the world in the Algorithmic Trading space. He is Founder & CEO at AlgoBulls, an Algorithmic Trading Platform.
Designation - CEO Bitbns
Founder at bitbns (India’s largest digital assets exchange) and Buyhatke - a shopping research destination. Graduated from IIT kgp, worked with ITC for 45 days and quit on an independence day to start working full time on Buyhatke. Since then Buyhatke has saved over 200 million USD for users when they shop online. Bitbns right now trades over a billion USD on a monthly basis. Interested building tools that help people either save money, make money or reduce their commerce friction. Other global first products include bitdroplet.com ( a bitcoin SIP) and usemycards.com