Founder

Laurence Benedict

Mr. Benedict, a graduate of Syracuse University has over thirty years of experience as an investment professional. In 1984, he began his career as a market maker in equity derivatives products on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. Later, Mr. Benedict worked as a market maker on the American Stock Exchange and, in 1989, was hired by Spear Leeds & Kellogg (SLK) as their options specialist in the XMI Major Market Index on the American Stock Exchange. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Benedict managed the off-floor derivative index trading at SLK. In 1995, Mr. Benedict became a Managing Director of the newly created proprietary trading department of SLK. During this time period, Mr. Benedict became a Special Limited Partner of the organization. After the Goldman Sachs purchase of SLK in 2000, Mr. Benedict took the opportunity to launch Banyan Equity Management, LLC.  Banyan was a short term discretionary trading hedge fund firm which managed client assets in excess of $900mm.  Larry was featured in the popular trading book series, “Market Wizards, Hedge Fund How Winning Traders Win”(2012).  Banyan was a recipient of Barrons top 100 hedge funds on numerous occasions.

The Experts

Mark B. Fisher

An influential member of the futures industry at large, a globally respected professional trader, a guest speaker at the industry conferences, and the best-selling author of “The Logical Trader: Applying A Method to The Madness”, the dissertation to the ACD Method.

An avid student of the financial market dynamics since his early youth (his first job at age 12 was a “runner” on the floor of the COMEX), Mark attended The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business (summa cum laude 1982), where he also earned his MBA in Finance/Accounting. While completing his degrees in his accelerated program, Mark “moonlighted” as an independent member of New York’s COMEX; at the age of twenty-one, he was the youngest ever to trade in the silver futures pit, one of the 1980’s most volatile market places.

Fisher, has recently created a new ETF, The Essential 40 Stock Index™, which is an index that represents what is essential to the economy and the American way of life today. The Essential 40 Stock Index™ is constructed with a common sense approach based on which companies are irreplaceable and too essential to fail. The constituents are selected, not by computers programmed by Wall Street quants and analysts, but rather by a committee that selects companies that are the most essential in providing goods and services to everyday Americans.

Joe Vaclavik

Founder and president of Standard Grain.

Joe spent the first 13 years of his career at the Chicago Board of Trade prior to relocating to Middle Tennessee. Vaclavik deals directly with a number of large scale farms, feedlots, and commercial grain facilities within the US. Joe provides market commentary for news outlets including: CNBC, Fox Business, The Wall Street Journal, US Farm Report, Ag Day, Reuters, Dow Jones, Rural Radio 147 (SiriusXM), RFD TV, Bloomberg, Sky News (Australia), KFRM (Kansas), WILL (Illinois), CME Group, and many more. Mr. Vaclavik is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Agribusiness, Farm, and Financial Management.

Twitter @standardgrain  https://www.standardgrain.com/

Angie Setzer

Angie Setzer has been working in the grain industry for over eleven years. After beginning her career as a cash grain broker she transitioned into a position as Vice President of Grain for Citizens Elevator in Charlotte, MI. At Citizens she manages 5 elevator locations as well as a state of the art on-farm program bringing the company's overall yearly handling to over 11 mbu. Angie's main focus is on maximizing farm margins; while pulling the curtain back on marketing fundamentals and tools in a fun, but informative manner. In addition to her weekly “Cash is King” column with Pro Farmer, she has been seen on AgDay, U.S. Farm Report and the Weather Channel, as well as regular appearances on Market Rally Radio, Benzinga’s Pre-Market Prep show and Agritalk.

Twitter@GoddessofGrain   girlstalkagpodcast.libsyn.com

Phil Flynn

Senior energy analyst at The PRICE Futures Group and a Fox Business Network contributor

He is one of the world's leading market analysts, providing individual investors, professional traders, and institutions with up-to-the-minute investment and risk management insight into global petroleum, gasoline, and energy markets. His precise and timely forecasts have come to be in great demand by industry and media worldwide and his impressive career goes back almost three decades, gaining attention with his market calls and energetic personality as writer of The Energy Report. You can contact Phil by phone at (888) 264-5665 or by email at pflynn@pricegroup.com. Learn even more on our website at www.pricegroup.com.

Futures and options trading involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for everyone. The information presented by The PRICE Futures Group is from sources believed to be reliable and all information reported is subject to change without notice.

Twitter @EnergyPhilFlynn    pricegroup.com

Brynne Kelly

Brynne has spent more than 25 years in the Energy Industry, primarily on the Merchant Trading desks of global energy companies including Cargill, Koch Industries and BP among others. Merchant Trading is unique in that it involves leveraging access to the entire commodity chain in markets that expand way beyond just benchmark futures contracts. Opportunities in this environment arise when the sum of the parts is greater to or less than the whole and those with the ability to execute the individual parts from one market to another can take the most advantage of price dislocations. Because of this experience, Brynne’s approach to analysis and trading focuses on relationships within and across broad markets. Benchmark futures contracts are generally constrained by their relationship to other components along the value chain and changes in these relationships are often the first signal of an impending market move, or a market move that has overshot its target.

Today, Brynne leverages this knowledge through her Analysis and Consulting firm called The Fundamental Angle.

Twitter @BrynneKKelly  http://thefundamentalangle.com

Alan Hill

Alan is a highly knowledgeable macro-strategist within the foreign exchange industry.

He has more than twenty-five-years-experience in bank treasuries working both in the U.K. and overseas He went through the Manufacturers Hanover Trust/Chemical Bank/Chase Manhattan mergers before moving to the Middle East where he worked in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar.

He has managed trading and sales teams in several banks. He now writes articles, blogs and content on Economics, Politics and  Financial Markets.

He has appeared in broadcast media discussing macro events and their effect on FX markets. His first novel; was published in 2014 and he has written a semi-reference book entitled “The Man who really beat the Bank”. He is currently working on his second novel.

 

Michael Antonelli

Michael Antonelli is a Managing Director and equity sales trader at Baird, where he covers International clients. Prior to joining Baird in 2007, he worked in derivative sales at Fimat, a division of Societe Generale.

In 2013, Michael launched “Bull and Baird,” a market blog that explores catalysts moving the day’s financial markets, shares links to relevant news stories and editorials, provides market perspective and offers comic relief on the day’s developments.

Michael received an MBA in analytic finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a graduate of Purdue University.

Twitter: @BullandBaird  http://bullandbaird.com

Tony Greer

Tony Greer started TG Macro, his own independent analysis product in August of 2016.  Prior to starting TG Macro, Tony worked as an equity sales trader for fifteen years and an FX/commodities for 10 years.  After graduating from Cornell University in 1990 Tony Greer worked in the treasury department of two major international banks, Sumitomo Bank and Union Bank of Switzerland, as a spot currency trader.  He joined the J. Aron division of Goldman Sachs in 1994 where he held several positions in commodity trading, from the Goldman Sachs commodities index, to base metals and precious metals through 2000.  Tony left Goldman Sachs to start his own trading firm, Machine Trading, in 2000 with several partners from the New York Mercantile Exchange.  After two years, the firm dissolved and Tony began a 12 year career as an equity sales trader.

As an equity sales trader he began writing a daily note about global markets.  The note attracted over 1,000 subscribers and was the impetus behind the Morning Navigator, the daily note he writes today as part of his macro consultancy and publishing business.  Tony employs technical, behavioral, and fundamental factors in his market analysis and manages a “View Matrix” of his strongest opinions.  He is a regular contributor to Real Vision, the financial television network.

Twitter @TgMacro   http://tgmacro.com

Dave Floyd

A native of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Dave earned a BS in Economics from Northeastern University in Boston and landed his first gig in the trading industry in 1993 when he joined the fixed income & FX desk of Standard Chartered Bank. The following year, his focus shifted to equities, and he spent the next eight years trading on a proprietary equities desk. In 2002, wanting to venture out and build his own trading desk, Dave started his own niche FX firm and the seeds for Aspen Trading Group were planted. Since then, Aspen has grown from a pure prop trading firm into a provider of expert FX research and analytics to both institutional and retail clients worldwide.

David’s two decades of expertise in technical analysis and global fundamentals has led to him being profiled on RealVision TV, where he is a regular contributor, Bloomberg, CNBC, Active Trader & Futures magazine. Dave’s vision helped Aspen rank in the Top 10 for Currency Managers for Net Return in 2015, 2017, and 2018 tracked by BarclayHedge. In 2010, the company was nominated for Technical Analyst of The Year. To remain at the top of his game, in 2011 he was accepted to and entered the Executive MBA program at Oxford University in Oxford, England. This allowed him to learn and rigorously test some of the best known financial models and see how they stack up in the real world of finance and trading. Additionally, the knowledge gained on how to scale and run a business coupled with an impeccable alumni network allowed Dave to take Aspen Trading to new levels. In his free time, he enjoys golf, mountain biking, futsal, skate skiing, reading, and good wine.

Twitter: @aspentrading10   www.aspentrading.com

Gary Holland

The last 21 years have seen Gary employed by Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and more recently Société Generale as a broker, strategist and proprietary trader. In mid-2017 he left Société Generale to trade futures with his own capital and open a fund.

Gary will provide sentiment analysis on all U.S. based futures markets (Financials and Commodities) when the sentiment indicators he uses indicate that market participant positioning is overly skewed. Not all markets respond the same way to skewed positioning and Gary’s back-testing of the following sentiment indicators has helped him sort the wheat from the chaff.

During his time at Société Generale Gary (through the distribution of his analysis to the Investment Bank’s Asset Manager, Sovereign Wealth and Hedge Fund client base) used his sentiment analysis to indicate major, high probability turning points.

Gary will alert you whenever “The Bus is Full”.

Vincent Lanci

Vince Lanci is Managing Partner at Echobay Partners LLC since 2008. Through Echobay, Mr. Lanci manages family assets and advises multi-billion dollar macro funds on Gold strategies. In 2017 Mr. Lanci co-authored a UConn paper on Energy Volatility with Prof. Robert Biolsi. From 2004-2008, Mr. Lanci was Co-Head of Metals & Energy Trading for CiS Options LLC where he ran the long-short and vol-arb portfolios for CiS’s parent LP fund. From 1993-2003 Mr. Lanci owned and operated Berard Capital LLC option marketmakers. In 2000 Mr. Lanci co-founded Whentech with David Wender (originally named  Upperhand Technologies LLC) where he co-designed and was chief architect of “Pit-Trader" user logic. Between 1987-1993 Mr. Lanci gained experience at Lehman Bros and Cooper Neff.

Currently, Mr. Lanci is seeding a long-short Gold & Energy Fund. He is co-authoring two university papers: one on WTI "carry" risk; the second covers Carbon Offset valuation with John Cleland of the Renew West Fund.
Mr. Lanci contributes to Zerohedge, Kitco, BBG, and RTRS. He panels NYC Mines & Money conferences and is a champion of level investor playing fields.

Twitter @VincentLanci  http://linkedin.com/in/vincentlanci

Tracy Shuchart

Tracy started her career at the Chicago Board of Trade as a futures broker specializing in options and managed futures over 12 years ago. Soon after she moved to the trade floor where she managed an institutional trade desk, working with some of the top Investment Banks (Goldman, JPM, Soc Gen), Hedge Funds (SAC, D.E.SHAW), as well as energy OTC markets via CME Clearport.

She now is an independent trader specializing in the energy markets. Recurring guest interviews featured on RealVison, MacroVoices, CME Futures Now, and Benzinga Pre-Market Prep .

Tracy is a graduate from University of Southern California with degrees in Political Science and International Relations with an emphasis on the Middle East.

Twitter @chigrl  http://chigrl.com

Tom McEntee

Tom has over thirty years experience in the volatility landscape.  He began his career on the AMEX as an options specialist clerk and progressed to  specialist in a"book" that included EFH,DE,BLS, and PSY.  He later became an options market maker in the XMI Major Market Index as well as MOT, SPY, and QQQ.

Tom's approach to trading involves a leveraging of technicals with volatility metrics. He will attempt to  locate a favorable technical set up and then make a directional play utilizing options with favorable risk/reward characteristics.  Tom was a regular weekly guest on CNBC during the financial crisis discussing technical levels in SPX. 

 

Commodity Research Group

Commodity Research Group is an independent futures consultancy specializing in the base, precious metals and energy markets. CRG provides research and general price analysis to its clients, along with advice to companies seeking to construct hedging strategies that could mitigate their price exposure to key input costs.

Edward Meir has been in the commodities business for more than 30 years. After getting his BA in Economics from McGill University and his M.B.A from New York University, Mr. Meir started his career as a research analyst with Drexel Burnham Lambert, covering the tropical commodities. He spent the next nine years trading aluminum, tin and steel for Trans-World Metals and after leaving, he formed his own company involved in physical agency business and research services. In 2011, after being with MF Global’s base metals and energy team for eight years, he moved his consultancy to INTL FCStone, where he continues to provide award-winning research on the LME markets.

Andrew Lebow has been involved in the energy derivative area since 1980. He began his career with Shearson Lehman Brothers where he worked in the initial formulation and marketing of the NYMEX WTI crude contract in 1983 as well as the NYMEX gasoline contract in 1985. Mr. Lebow was instrumental in educating various segments of the industry on how to utilize oil futures to hedge against price risk. Throughout his subsequent career at Man Financial and Jefferies LLC, he continued his work on designing hedge programs for producers, refiners, midstream marketers, merchant traders, and end users. Mr. Lebow has appeared before the State Government of Alaska as well as the State Department of Defense to discuss hedging techniques.

Jim Colburn is a futures and options professional with 30 years of wide ranging experience in commodity markets. For much of his career, at Man Financial (1989-2011) and Jefferies LLC (2012-2013), Mr. Colburn worked with major integrated oil companies, hedge funds, pension funds and other entities to develop market hedging and trading strategies.  He has conducted trading, hedging and risk management workshops in energy markets worldwide. Mr. Colburn is a published author on options trading, hedging, market making and risk management. In 1986, while at the New York Mercantile Exchange, Mr. Colburn helped develop new markets in energy option contracts by educating the oil industry, banks, floor traders and brokers, worldwide.

https://www.commodityresearchgroup.com/

Adam Collins

Adam is the founder and portfolio manager of Movement Capital, an independent investment management and research firm. Movement manages low-cost systematic ETF portfolios with an emphasis on trend following and inflation protection. Adam also maintains three free data-driven research websites. Free CoT Data covers trader positioning in futures markets, Commodity Seasonality shows historical seasonal trends, and Simple Stock Model aggregates indicators relevant to the S&P 500. Adam graduated from The University of Mississippi with a degree in Managerial Finance.

Twitter@movement_cap  https://freecotdata.com/  https://movement.capital  https://simplestockmodel.com  https://commodityseasonality.com