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New advisory firm launched to identify most talented trading managers

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Dallas-based Coquest Inc., a large independent broker, has launched Coquest Advisors, an independent research and advisory firm.

Coquest Advisors will provide due diligence on commodity trading advisors (CTAs) and hedge funds. They will also target the most talented investment managers for their clients.

Coquest’s managing director Maxwell Eagye will head the firm. Ryan Hart, director of research and co-portfolio manager, who previously worked with Mr. Eagye at Altegris, will lead the team that performs the investment due diligence and portfolio management.

"The Coquest Advisors launch has been in the making for awhile, but now it's official...headed up by Max Eagye of Altegris fame, it is a blend of the Altegris Advisor template with some updates," a source told Opalesque.

The team will use multiple lead sources to identify potential investment managers. Promising managers will be presented to the Coquest Investment Committee, which will chose whether or not to approve them, and consider how they fit into the firm’s overall portfolio, designed to meet a variety of client needs.

"Opportunities will be thoroughly researched and analyzed to assess manager skill, sources of alpha and potential risks," Mr. Eagye explained. "Due diligence will include strategy assessment, risk review, onsite visits to manager offices, reference checks,......................

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