Julian Marchese is the CEO & CIO of XMonetae. Julian became enamored with investing and financial markets at a young age; he was trading derivatives by age 11 and developed his first quantitative automated trading system at age 14. He recognized from an early age the advent of systematic trading – specifically understanding how automation allows for much greater portfolio diversification than exclusively human trading. Having started his career as discretionary trader, Julian quickly realized the value of combining the two trading worlds together, ultimately setting the foundation of XMonetae Capital’s “Man + Machine” investment philosophy. This philosophy was solidified when Julian spent his three summers before college on the trading floor of Tudor Investment Corporation, shadowing portfolio managers including Paul Tudor Jones. Prior to his Tudor summers, Julian was a market maker & rebate trader for the proprietary trading firm Affinity Trading. As of March 2020, Julian’s hedge fund management track record as CIO has generated a total gross return of more than +150% since October 2015. Originally born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Julian attended New York University’s Stern School of Business and now lives in New York City. He is an NFA Associated Person on behalf of XMonetae Capital LLC and holds a Series 3.
is the President & CRO of XMonetae. After acquiring a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and a Master’s in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1998, Eric joined Wall Street with the goal of using these skills to help generate investment returns. He spent the first few years of his career at Tudor Investment Corp and Morgan Stanley, where he formed solid bases in production technology and financial risk management. He then made a move to proprietary trading, where he became a portfolio manager a few years later. Over the next decade and a half, he held progressively senior trading roles at Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Tower Research Capital, and AllianceBernstein, honing research skills throughout, and developing strategies with Sharpe Ratios as high as the double digits and returns over 100% per year. With automation and diversification as guiding principles, his philosophy is to continually search for new ideas or data sources to perpetuate alpha, leading him to be an early participant in areas from capital structure arbitrage to HFT to alternative data. His library of trading strategies and experiences now spans all four asset classes and their derivatives, and holding periods ranging from low frequency to high. In his spare time, Eric is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Fordham University, where he originated and still teaches the class Hedge Fund Strategies and Risk as well as Alternative Investments. Most recently but prior to XMonetae, he used his accumulated knowledge as CIO of another start up hedge fund, which he made profitable within one year of his joining.
Nigel Noriega is the CTO of XMonetae. Nigel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, capturing his excitement and energy about technology and the iterative design process. He then sharpened his financial engineering and programming tool kit at MIT Sloan School of Management, where he received his Master of Finance. His most rewarding projects there employed statistical learning to seek actionable trading insights from patterns hidden in data. Nigel then entered the quantitative finance space through Strike Derivatives, a fintech start-up focused on constructing a new cryptocurrency derivatives exchange. There, he helped create a manipulation-resistant cryptocurrency derivatives reference rate and a uniquely transparent low-latency market data system. Nigel joined XMonetae in 2019 to help build out and reinforce the existing trading infrastructure and research pipeline.
Blake Hekmatpour is a Business Development Associate at XMonetae. Blake began trading US equities and commodities while in high school, during which he co-founded B&B Capital, a millennial-focused investment club. He next joined New York University’s Stern School of Business, pursuing a Bachelor’s in Finance, Accounting, and Data Science and a Master’s in Certified Public Accounting. During college, he transformed B&B into Lucid Crypto Investments, a cryptocurrency investment firm specializing in cross-border relationships between the US and South Korea. Blake gained significant experience working in both Korea and Hong Kong, and after two years of successful investments, sold his stake to his partner to return to New York. There, he took successive investment banking roles as an analyst at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips and Goldman Sachs, and currently holds a Series 65 while concurrently preparing for the CPA and CFA exams. Blake joined XMonetae in 2019 to assist in the firm’s capital raising and opportunistic strategy efforts.
Jordi Perez is a Portfolio Manager at XMonetae. Jordi was first exposed to the complex world of financial derivatives while working on his bachelor’s degree in Finance at Concordia University during the peak of the financial crisis in 2008. He was immediately fascinated by its complexity and embarked on a personal journey to learn futures trading. Jordi then applied his newfound knowledge in his own proprietary accounts, quickly realizing through his trading successes that he had the skill-set to be a full-time professional trader. In 2013, Jordi joined the Canadian division of OSTC, a large international proprietary trading firm headquartered in the United Kingdom, where he quickly rose in the ranks, becoming a trade floor manager within his first nine months. In 2017, after transitioning to another large international proprietary trading firm, DV trading, Jordi recognized the growing importance of leveraging quantitative trading techniques and automation in today’s competitive trading landscape. After nearly seven years in proprietary trading, Jordi joined XMonetae in 2019 to continue his success in developing trading strategies and help build out the futures trading desk.
Siddartha Rao is the General Counsel & CCO of XMonetae. After acquiring a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Middlebury College and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, Rao joined the banking litigation and compliance firm of Ziechner Ellman & Krause. He spent five years as a banking litigation associate and his practice eventually expanded to encompass compliance, commercial fraud, intellectual property, technology, and data security. Rao then worked as an Assistant General Counsel at Guidance Software, Inc., a publicly-traded company, with responsibility for EMEA issues at Guidance. He later founded a boutique practice, Rao Law Group, through which he has litigated intellectual property, securities, and other claims and grown a corporate technology transactions and data privacy practice. Rao has published a number of articles and has given presentations in areas concerning international intellectual property, data compliance, privacy and security. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association and previously served as Secretary to the Information Technology and Cyber Law Committee.