Laurent Bernut | Expert Systematic Trader

In continuation of our series to highlight expert systematic traders that are icons for the next generation of traders, we have the spotlight this week on Laurent Bernut.


Being adept at going 'short' is an invaluable skill in the hedge fund world. For those wishing to participate in Long/Short trading, it's essential to learn how successful short selling can help build low volatility and uncorrelated portfolios. To master this domain of systematic trading, look for guidance from renowned instructor Laurent Bernut - a figure well-established as one of its leading lights.

Laurent Bernut is the CEO of Alpha Secure Capital (ASC). He has two decades of experience in the alternative investment space, across companies like Fidelity Investments, Rockhampton, and Ward Ferry.

After becoming a certified public accountant in the United States, Laurent compiled financial statements in both Japanese and English for a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed corporation. After serving as an analyst in two Tokyo-based hedge funds for five years, he joined Fidelity Investments Japan as a dedicated quantitative short-seller. His mandate was to underperform the longest bear market in modern history: Japanese equities.

Laurent has developed quantitative models for various platforms and currently writes and runs algorithmic strategies. Laurent is an undisputed short-selling authority and was nominated top writer for Quora in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Laurent Bernut is the author of one of the pioneering books in this domain: Algorithmic Short Selling with Python: Refine your algorithmic trading edge, consistently generate investment ideas, and build a robust long/short product.

Nowadays, Laurent runs an automated Forex strategy and travels the world with his family.

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