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Top Traders Unplugged - Niels Kaastrup-Larsen 24th November 2014
TTU47: How to Start Managing Client Capital ft. Bastian Bolesta of Deep Field Capital – 1of2
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TTU47: How to Start Managing Client Capital ft. Bastian Bolesta of Deep Field Capital – 1of2

The story of Deep Field Capital’s Founder and CEO is an interesting one. Bastian Bolesta met his future partners whilst spending a semester abroad in China before returning to Germany and then moving to Switzerland to join them. The team also moved from the discretionary trading space to a unique way of systematic trading. Deep Field is a relative newcomer to the industry as they don’t have a 20+ year track record, so our conversation has timely insights for those looking to start a firm and begin managing external client capital.

Thanks for joining the discussion and please welcome our guest, Bastian Bolesta.

In This Episode, You’ll Learn:

  • Bastian’s background and how he got interested in finance.
  • How he grew up in Frankfurt and went to university there.
  • What he learned from a semester abroad in China and why he returned there after graduating.
  • How he met his future business parters and started their first business.
  • How they went from the discretionary trading mindset to a systematic trading firm.
  • How they came up with their initial trading ideas.
  • The difference between discretionary and systematic traders.
  • What he does when he’s not running his business.
  • Pros and cons of trading external capital and how they started trading other people’s money.
  • How Bastian looks at the industry as a young and vibrant firm (started after 2008) and offers a different perspective then those who have 20+ years in the industry.
  • How he built the business from the ground up and how to grow a business smartly.
  • How to convince investors that you can compete with larger managers.
  • How regulation affects the business.
  • The track record of their strategy and how investors should look at it.
  • The details of their trading program, and why they work in “themes”.
  • The allocation process for his program.

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