Judges

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Alex Spiroglou

Alex Spiroglou, CFTe, MSTA is the founding chairman of the UK chapter of the Market Technicians Association, Inc. (MTA), and the founder and managing director of Trader Training & Development Ltd (TraderTD), a technical trading training firm. Prior to launching Trader T&D, Alex was an investment manager for Odin Capital Management, a proprietary trader for Futex Proprietary Trading & Investment and a strategist for the Ulysses Global Macro Hedge Fund. He holds a BSc in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School in London, a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe) designation from the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA), and a Diploma of Technical Analysis (DipTA-ATAA) from the Australian Technical Analysts Association (ATAA).

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Alexey Medvedev

Quantitative Portfolio Manager, Lombard Odier

Alexey Medvedev is a Quantitative Portfolio Manager in the Systematic Equities & Alternatives Team, managing the US and emerging equities strategies. He joined the firm in August 2008, initially as a Risk Manager, then working as an Equity Analyst before becoming a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager in 2010.

Prior to joining, Alexey entered a PhD program in finance, focusing on the mathematics of derivative pricing and publishing articles in leading academic journals (Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics). He began his career as an economist at the Central Bank of Russia in 1996, where he was responsible for the monetary policy in cooperation with the IMF.

Alexey earned a PhD in finance from the Swiss Finance Institute in 2008. He also holds a master’s degree in economics from the New Economic School in Russia and a diploma in mathematics from Moscow State University.

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Charlie Morris

Head of Multi Asset, Newscape Capital Group Ltd

Charlie Morris is Head of Multi Asset at Newscape where he manages the Newscape Diversified Growth Fund. He is also the editor of the Fleet Street Letter, Britain’s oldest financial newsletter that discusses financial markets from a British perspective. Until 2015, he spent 17 years at HSBC Global Asset Management as the Head of Absolute Return. There he managed a $3 billion multi-asset fund range which was active in the gold market. He publishes Atlas Pulse (www.atlaspulse.com free sign up) on a monthly basis where he analyses gold. There is a bull/bear regime, a valuation framework and further analysis on the drivers behind the gold price. He is a familiar face in the financial media. Prior to fund management, Charlie was an officer in the Grenadier Guards, British Army.

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Edmund Walsh

Vice President, Meketa Investments

Edmund joined Meketa in 2011 and in 2014 moved to the London, U.K. office where he continues his work including asset allocation, risk management, and macro-economic research. Mr. Walsh earned an MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University’s International Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is an active member in several professional societies, including the Royal Economic Society and the American Economic Association. Prior to joining Meketa, Mr. Walsh was a research intern with State Street Associates in the Asset Allocation and Risk Management Group. Prior to that, he focused on similar research within an investment firm that he helped co-found. Before returning to graduate school, Mr. Walsh worked with the United Way of Central Ohio in a public policy research role.

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Guido Baltussen

Senior Quantitative Strategist, NN Investment Partners

Guido is Senior Quantitative Strategist at NN Investment Partners (formerly known as ING Investment Management) and (tenured) associate professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is an expert in Factor Investing, an approach actively pursued by NN Investment Partners, and Behavioural Finance, the latter which he teaches at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research in Behavioral Finance has been published in the best and most highly ranked academic economic and finance journals, including the American Economic Review, Management Science, Financial Analyst Journal, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Moreover, he services as a referee for several highly ranked academic journals and he frequently speaks at various conferences. Guido joined NN Investment Partners in July 2010 from Robeco Asset Management, where he held a position as Senior Quantitative Researcher in the Quantitative Strategies Department. Before, he was affiliated with Stern Business School / New York University, New York, USA. Guido obtained a PhD in Finance (title: ‘New Insights into Behavioral Finance’) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, a Master’s degree in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute and a Master’s degree (cum laude) in Financial Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Jim Biss

Managing Editor, The Technical Analyst

Jim Biss has been managing editor of The Technical Analyst since 2003. Previously he worked as a corporate treasurer for ABB in their London and Zurich offices (1994-97), ABB-Alstom in Amsterdam (1998-2000) and Smiths Group in London (2000-03), where he was in charge of FX & money market dealing, currency hedging and interest rate risk management. From 1997 to 1998, Jim worked for Hex Capital, an investment banking boutique in Prague, and was part of a team that acted as advisors to the Czech government for their privatisation programme. Jim has a BA from the University of Wales and an MPhil from Cambridge University, and is a qualified associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (AMCT).

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Julie Dahlquist

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Finance Dept. Neeley School of Business

Julie Dahlquist, Ph.D., CMT, is an associate professor of professional practice of finance and economics at the Neeley School of Business at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.  She has three decades of university teaching experience at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education levels.  Julie is author of a number of books, including Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians (with Charles Kirkpatrick) and Technical Analysis of Gaps (with Richard Bauer), and has served as editor of the Journal of Technical Analysis.  She is the recipient of the Charles H. Dow Award for her technical research and the Mike Epstein Award for her contribution to collegiate education in technical analysis.  Julie holds a B.B.A. in economics from University of Louisiana at Monroe, an M.A. in Theology from St. Mary’s University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University.

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Matthew Clements

Editor, The Technical Analyst

Matthew Clements has been the editor of The Technical Analyst for 12 years. Previously he worked in the City for Prebon Yamane where he was head of market research, publishing fundamental and technical analysis to the firm’s clients. He holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of London and is a member of the Society of Technical Analysts (MSTA).

Peter Robinson

Managing Director, QuantVal