Your Mentor - Alex Krishtop - Career To Date
Alex Krishtop is a quantitative trader and researcher with 20 years of experience in managing funds and developing automated trading solutions. He is currently head of trading and research at his own company, Edgesense Technologies, which focuses on active money management and automated / algo trading solutions. He develops market models and trading algos and supervises the development of the firm’s proprietary trading platform.
In parallel with his activity as a trader and money manager, Alex enjoys a career in teaching and coaching. For the last few years he has worked as a director of education with the Algorithmic Traders Association where he developed an exhaustive course in systematic and algo trading which covers both quantitative models and a discretionary approach based on fundamental factors. Mixed “quantamental” approach explained in this course allowed him to make a number of important predictions, eg. almost the top in oil prices in 2008 and the collapse in FX volatility in 2013-2014 and the following rally in the dollar index.
With customized versions of this course Alex trained employees of several institutions, including Raiffeisen Bank in Vienna, MainFirst Bank AG, Trading Technologies, Sucden Americas and Louis Dreyfus.
Educational programs run by Alex also cover certain aspects of practical implementation and live exploitation of trading algorithms. They are based on his experience as a trader and his advice may help in not only reducing operational risks in general, but also mitigate extreme risks in unexpected and rare events such as “flash crash”.
Alex began his career as a quantitative researcher for projects in natural language processing and speech recognition. He worked at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia and France Telecom CNET, and had scientific research published. In 1999 he switched to analysis of markets and started proprietary trading. Alex focused on quantitative market models and trading automation which helped reduce emotional bias in trading and consequently, reduces human factor risk. By the early 2010’s he became a partner responsible for FX trading at a quant hedge fund in Israel and also the head of systematic FX trading at a private equity management team in Zurich. After these sucesses he decided to completely focus on proprietary trading and developing his own firm.
As part of his activity Alex occasionally contributes to magazines such as Modern Trader, FX Algo News, eForex, Hispanic Trader and has been interviewed by eForex and Euromoney.
Alex participated as a guest speaker at conferences and seminars organized by Banca Sella and Borsa Italiana in Italy and held webinars and online courses with Algorithmic Traders Association and Market Technicians Association.