Edward Meir was named the most accurate price forecaster for LME base metals in four of the last eight years (2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018) and finished second in 2013, as ranked by the Fastmarkets/Metal Bulletin APEX analyst survey. He obtained a top-five ranking in precious metals in four of the past six years (2013-2019), including a #1 finish last year.
Mr. Meir’s firm currently provides research expertise in base metals to ED&F Man Capital, having provided similar services to INTL FCStone between 2011-2019. Mr. Meir also spent several years with MF Global where working alongside Andrew Lebow and Jim Colburn, he was responsible for publishing the firm’s energy research. Mr. Meir’s views on the commodity markets are frequently quoted by the financial press.
Prior to becoming involved in research full-time, Mr. Meir traded nonferrous metals out of Europe, China, and Russia for a number of US clients, utilizing the physical trading experience he gained while working as a trader with UK-based Trans-World Metals.
Mr. Meir obtained his BA in Economics from Montreal’s McGill University and his MBA from New York University. He is a long-standing registered principle with the National Futures Association. CRG itself is registered with the NFA as an independent introducing broker.
Andrew Lebow has been involved in the energy derivative area since 1980. He began his career with Shearson Lehman Brothers where he worked in the initial formulation and marketing of the NYMEX WTI crude contract in 1983 as well as the NYMEX gasoline contract in 1985. Mr. Lebow was instrumental in educating various segments of the industry on how to utilize oil futures to hedge against price risk. Throughout his subsequent career at Man Financial and Jefferies LLC, he continued his work on designing hedge programs for producers, refiners, midstream marketers, merchant traders, and end users.
Mr. Lebow has appeared before the State Government of Alaska as well as the State Department of Defense to discuss hedging techniques. He has also given numerous lectures internationally on how to use futures and options to hedge. Mr. Lebow is also well known as a market analyst and is quoted frequently in the financial press. He has appeared on television on CNBC, NBC, CNN, CBS, and PBS. Mr. Lebow holds a BA from Lafayette College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jim Colburn is a futures and options professional with 30 years of wide ranging experience in commodity markets. For much of his career, at Man Financial (1989-2011) and Jefferies LLC (2012-2013), Mr. Colburn worked with major integrated oil companies, hedge funds, pension funds and other entities to develop market hedging and trading strategies. He has conducted trading, hedging and risk management workshops in energy markets worldwide.
Mr. Colburn is a published author on options trading, hedging, market making and risk management. In 1986, while at the New York Mercantile Exchange, Mr. Colburn helped develop new markets in energy option contracts by educating the oil industry, banks, floor traders and brokers, worldwide.
Mr. Colburn began his career as a grains analyst for the World Agricultural Outlook Board at the USDA. Currently, he is the sole proprietor of James T. Colburn, LLC, an economic consulting firm specializing in agricultural and energy markets. Mr. Colburn has a Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics (now named the Dyson School) from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Southern Connecticut State College.
Bill Perlman is a software development consultant, specializing in financial applications for the hedge fund industry. For the past 20 years, he has implemented trading strategy, risk management, back-office automation, and quantitative analysis solutions at funds that need a unique combination of domain and technical expertise.
From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Perlman served as CTO of the Finch Investment Group, a hedge fund managing large portfolios of Tax Certificate investments. There, he built a team that automated Finch’s complex workflow, database and reporting requirements. From 2012 to 2016 Mr. Perlman provided both CTO and CRO consulting services to Thorium Asset Management, a hedge fund specializing in energy futures and options market making and prior to that, was a partner at Arctos Trading, a hedge fund specializing in HFT arbitrage and liquidity provision in the energy markets. A Java based real-time arbitrage platform he developed successfully captured pricing opportunities between CME Globex and the Intercontinental Exchange’s direct access platform.
Prior to 2008, Mr. Perlman implemented a variety of futures and options based trading strategies, including operating his own commodity options market making firm on the floor of the New York Commodity Exchange Center. He and his employees provided liquidity in the energy, metals and soft commodity options pits of the Nymex, Comex and Nybot exchanges.
Mr. Perlman holds a BA from Northwestern University.
Benjamin Ryan was a primary screen, floor, and OTC options market-maker on COMEX Gold from 2013-2017. In 2011, he led the implementation and transition from floor-trading to screen-trading for precious metals traders at North End Options Strategies (NEOS).
In 2011 he established the Fiat Gold Blog and has provided in depth analysis of gold options pricing and market risk factors in the over 100 articles he has written between 2011 and 2017. In 2015, he began teaching options classes at commodities brokerage firms and is currently working on creating an intro to options course that will be made available online.
Mr. Ryan has spoken to media and research groups on how changes in technology and incentives can impact markets as well as how options markets are evolving as a result of computerized trading. Mr. Ryan is currently a Sales Director at TIM Group, working with trading firms looking to consume quantitative data sets to enhance returns in the equities space.
Gary K. Busch
Dr. Gary K. Busch has been an academic, businessman and a political affairs and business consultant for more than 40 years. He has been Chairman and CEO of a number of shipping companies, with one of his many companies doing the bulk of the metals shipping from Russia for Trans World Metals in the 1990’s. Academically, Dr. Busch taught at the University of Hawaii and has been a visiting professor at several other institutions as well. He also was the head of research in international affairs for a major US trade union and Assistant General Secretary of an international union body. Currently, he is a consultant on international political developments for several major corporations, think-tanks and private intelligence companies, with a specialty in African politics.
Dr. Busch has written six books, published 58 specialist studies and his articles have appeared in the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Wall Street Journal, Pravda and other major international news journals. He was the host and executive producer of three 39-week television series on Public Broadcasting in the US, as well as a nationwide radio show. Finally, he is the editor and publisher of the web-based news journal of international relations found at www.ocnus.net. We will look to Mr. Busch to provide thought-provoking insights into commodity shipping and geopolitical trends in key commodity-producing countries.