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Mark Melin

Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing a trading program’s strategy and mapping it to a market environment and performance driver. He provides analysis of managed futures investment performance and commentary regarding related managed futures market environment. A portfolio and industry consultant, he was an adjunct instructor in managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008). Mark was director of the managed futures division at Alaron Trading until they were acquired by Peregrine Financial Group in 2009, where he was a registered associated person (National Futures Association NFA ID#: 0348336). Mark has also worked as a Commodity Trading Advisor himself, trading a short volatility options portfolio across the yield curve, and was an independent consultant to various broker dealers and futures exchanges, including OneChicago, the single stock futures exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade. He is also Editor, Opalesque Futures Intelligence and Editor, Opalesque Futures Strategies.

  • Larry Headcheese

    Nikki, you are absolutely right. The authors are often anonymous, and they have active trading interests in the stocks they are writing about. Worthless dribble on SeekingAlpha. Try to visit that cesspool and to write a comment calling out an author on their bias, though: SeekingAlpha’s moderators will not even let criticism be posted, for fear they’ll be exposed for what they are. “Eli Hoffman” in the beautiful Judean hills. LMFAO

  • NikkiTaMere

    Seeking Alpha’s business model depends on traffic from the same people who answer that Nigerian finance minister’s e-mails.

    At least half the site is for pumpers & dumpers who only want to scam people

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