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Estlander: the rocky ride for CTAs could ease moving into the fall

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Estlander & Partners is one of the oldest Nordic CTAs; started in 1991 it now manages approximately $850m. The firm focuses on three core strategies – the first is a price driven, trend based, short to medium term program. The second is a systematic micro strategy, and the third is a short term trading strategy with a combination of overlays.

Martin Estlander built the firm after finding success as an options market trader, and he recently sat down with Opalesque TV to discuss where he finds opportunity as a Nordic CTA.

He notes that apart from any specific trade or investment, the firm’s approach to risk management and trading discipline have been critical sources of support for the firm’s long term performance.

"The way we allocate risk is slightly different from the mainstream, it all goes back to thinking about how much money we can lose if everything really goes against us. We don’t make any sort of relation assumptions in our risk management."

"We are also very selective in our trading, we really look for high conviction trades to put on, so we are not as active as many others. But, when we go in with more conviction, we go in faster and can take slightly larger bets. That gives us an opportunity to capitalize on individual instruments."

Estlander explains that his team will enter a market very......................

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