Jon Boorman, CMT
I have spent over two decades in global markets, witnessing first-hand some of the most tumultuous periods in financial history. I have worked as a sales trader to hedge funds and institutions, research analyst, prop trader, and buy-side head of desk, trading equities, options, currencies, and futures.
I began my career in 1987 at Schroders PLC in London, just three weeks shy of my 18th birthday. I started out in the back office before becoming a portfolio manager’s assistant in the fund management arm. After showing a particular aptitude and interest in the trading and execution of client portfolios, I later moved up to the trading room where aged 22 I became responsible for Japanese and Far-East Asian trading.
In 1995 I was appointed by Kemper Investments to set-up and manage a trading desk for their international funds, transferring trading from Chicago to London. I finally left the buy side in 1999, joining Lehman Bros, sales-trading European equities to a predominately US client base. It was here that I was first introduced to alpha capture platforms and was instrumental in providing successful trade ideas to hedge fund clients. I was later invited to join Lehman’s proprietary trading desk, trading equities and US/European futures.
After relocating to the US in 2005, I briefly traded for myself and studied and developed trading systems that I continue to use in my work today. I subsequently joined a local broker in Charlotte, NC, focusing on idea generation for hedge fund alpha capture platforms, and developing a technical analysis research product with unrivaled transparency. It was during this time I also qualified as a research analyst and earned the designation of Chartered Market Technician (CMT) from the Market Technicians Association.
In 2013 I launched the Alpha Capture blog where I employ trend following and momentum strategies to generate actionable trade ideas, and engage with traders and investors across the financial community.