Proprietary trading has always been a cornerstone of our business. In 2011 we started producing in-house commentaries on markets and in house reports on countries, industries and individual stocks. With the exception of individual stock reports, many of these commentaries and reports are of enduring value and so we have made them available in our commentaries and reports section.
In 2015 we took the decision to evolve into a CTA and offer our services to the private high-net-worth market. Our first objective was to develop a product that offers genuine diversity to private clients, who are typically only long assets. Our second objective was durability. We aim to be around for a long time and so created a low leverage product. Our max leverage is one and a half times book. Our normal leverage is a fraction of that. Most banks operate at well over 20 times book! Finally our third and final objective was to create a positive performance.
Using our own proprietary funds the Great O’Neill began trading in January 2016. We have, and continue to meet, all three of our objectives.
Our monthly results are available in our results section and are published on a number of CTA industry websites (Autumn Gold, BarclayHedge, IASG, Eurekahedge and HFM).
John Kierans is head of trading. He has been trading his own money since 1996. John traded in the trading pits of the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) / ICE exchange and the trading pit of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) / CME Group. John served on the board of directors of the NYBOT FINEX division from 2002 to 2007.
John holds a degree in Business Studies and Capital Markets from Dublin City University and various other professional qualifications.
Colin Bracken directs our quantitative analysis and research. Colin assesses trade opportunities and risk for The Great O’Neill.
Colin holds a degree in Applied Physics and a Masters of Business Studies from the University of Limerick. Colin worked as a trader with CHCO before joining the firm in 2009.
Oliver Kinski advises on all aspects of the firm from trading to administration. A German national, Oliver has a long association with Ireland going back 25 years.
Oliver was previously the Managing Director of MTH (Ireland) plc – a discount brokerage and asset management firm. He was a Founder and the Managing Director of Greenhouse Capital Management (Dublin) plc. Greenhouse was a proprietary trading and asset management firm. Oliver is presently the Managing Director of an energy trading firm – NICIB Ltd.