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Opalesque Video: The CTA trader that checks trades manually and wants to stay small

Monday, July 08, 2019

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Raffi Sosikian
B. G., Opalesque Geneva for New Managers:

Raffi Sosikian, principal of Pinnacle Quant, a CTA based in Los Angeles, CA, recounts his journey from his teenage years as a "techpreneur" to now, on Opalesque TV from the SALT conference. Despite his deep technical background, he believes in manually checking each failed trades to build a pricing entry/exit strategy.

As he was studying computer science and business administration in the mid-90s, Sosikian self-published a book and sold it online. Then he launched his own search engine optimization company, all the while competing with Google, and next patented a search engine. His tech journey eventually transitioned to the financial markets.

He started studying the market by going through everything in the S&P 500, the DAX, observing gold, oil and other assets. The breakthrough came within the S&P 500 E-mini futures, where he easily spotted some patterns.

"It was harking back to the days of when I used to spot the patterns of Yahoo and Google and their algorithmic changes and manipulate that to make my clients' sites higher," he tells Matthias Knab. "It was pretty easy for me to see those patterns because they repeat over and over again throughout every keyword, through......................

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