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I talk at conferences, do podcasts and webcasts, write stuff for other people, get quoted in articles, guest lecture, and occasionally appear on TV. Feel free to contact me with your ideas and proposals (LI, or Twitter will get the quickest response, or via the contact me box at the bottom of this page).

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    Past events

    Investment and trading







  • I wrote a chapter of Harrimans New Book of Investing Rules (the do's and dont's of the worlds best investors), published in November 2017
  • Interviewed (again) by Michael Covel on trend following radio in November 2017
  • Quoted in an article from CTA intelligence on new markets in November 2017
  • Guest on Wu Zhijian's Evidentialist Channel in November 2017
  • Presented at QuantExpo Prague in November 2017 slides
  • Presented to Investor Klub in Prague in November 2017 (Youtube Video - in english, slides)
  • Guest on Informed choice radio in October 2017, Youtube audio only
  • Presented at QuantCon Singapore, in September 2017, slides
  • Quoted in an article on CTA branding in CTA intelligence, September 2017. 
  • Interviewed by Czech trading blogger Petr Podhajsky: (in Czech)
  • Presented at Quantcon in New York, April 2017 "Trading Strategies that are Designed not Fitted". Slides are here. Youtube Video here
  • Interviewed by Alex Hilton of next money
  • Interviewed by Andrew Swanscott of Risk Management, January 2017. See here. Youtube audio only
  • 2016

  • I did a panel discussion on "Alternative sources of data for better trading insights" for London Systematic Traders, November 2016.
  • Quoted in an article on ETF vs futures trading in CTA intelligence, July 2016.
  • "The Myth of the perfect indicator. Why simple is better than complex". Presentation to the MTA's London chapter, April 2016. The presentation is here. The video is here.
  • MTA webcast, "Systematic Trading" March 2016. A video recording is available here.
  • Interview with Michael Covel, January 2016 - listen here
  • 2015

  • Round-the-Clock Trader webcast "Systematic Trading" , December 2015. See for details. 
  • London Traders Expo December 2015, presentation "Mistakes to avoid when trading with systems". A copy of my presentation is here
  • Interview with Niels Kaastrup-Larsen for Top Traders Unplugged, December 2015. Part one is here. Part two can be found here. Youtube (audio only) here and here.
  • Co-author of "9 mistakes to avoid when using systematic trading systems" November 2015
  • Co-author of "7 questions to ask your systematic fund manager November 2015
  • Interviewed by Chuck Jaffe of, October 2015. Listen here.
  • Presentation to the Thalesians in London, October 2015 "Lessons from Systematic Trading" More info here
  •  Panel discussion at Quant Invest"Do Quant strategies need to be complex or is simple better?" September 2015
  • Interviewed by Andrew Swanscott in episode 26 of the Better system trader podcast, September 2015. Click here.
  • Interviewed by Adrian Reid of Trading Rules and Back testing, August 2015. Click here for more. Youtube (audio only)

  • LOBO-Gate 


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    Formal Bio (use this when advertising me for your event)

    Robert Carver is an independent systematic futures trader, writer and research consultant; and is currently a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of “Systematic Trading: A unique new method for designing trading and investing systems", "Smart Portfolios: A practical guide to building and maintaining intelligent investment portfolios", and "Leveraged Trading: A professional approach to trading FX, stocks on margin, CFDs, spread bets and futures for all traders".

    Until 2013 Robert worked for AHL, a large systematic hedge fund, and part of the Man Group. He was responsible for the creation of AHL's fundamental global macro strategy, and then managed the funds multi billion dollar fixed income portfolio. Prior to that Robert worked as a research manager for CEPR, an economics think tank, and traded exotic derivatives for Barclays investment bank. He spent his early career in the Middle East.

    Robert has a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Manchester, and a Masters degree, also in Economics, from Birkbeck College, University of London.

    Attribution (journalists please use if you quote me)

    Robert Carver is an expert on systematic trading, an independent futures trader, and a guest lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. Formerly, he was head of fixed income at multi billion dollar quantitative hedge fund AHL, and a trader at Barclays investment bank. Rob is the author of three books: "Systematic Trading", "Smart Portfolios" and "Leveraged Trading". His website is

    Short form (if desperately short of space):
    Robert Carver is an independent futures trader, and the author of 'Systematic Trading', 'Smart Portfolios' and 'Leveraged Trading'. His website is

    Talks and conferences (read before asking me to speak)

    • My ability to travel to international events will obviously depend on current Coronavirus regulations in both the UK and the relevant country.
    • I don't require a speaking fee to speak at non profit and academic events. Basking in the audiences love is enough reward for me. 
    • If your event is: 
      • for profit, 
      • or normally pays speaking fees, 
      • or requires a significant amount of preparation or travel, 
      • or is charging attendees a high admission fee
      • .... then I'd expect to be paid a fee. Let's talk.
    • I don't require expenses for events in central London, or anywhere that's reasonably cheap and easy for me to get to from my home in Essex, UK 
    • For events elsewhere I need my expenses covered - travel and accommodation.  Unlike most other speakers at financial conferences I am not employed by an organisation that would happily pay for me to attend as a marketing expense; instead I'm an independent trader for whom there is zero monetary benefit for doing these events, so it's difficult to justify spending my own money to attend them.
    • My air travel expenses will include carbon offsetting costs.


    1. Harriman's new Book of Investing Rules.I only just got to see the full list of other writers. There is one (very obviously NOT you) who I find so distasteful and foolish had I known of his contribution I would not have written my chapter. I don't know of all the other writers or their careers but the one I refer to is a salesman of the worst order. Pity. A mistake in my view b Harriman.

      1. I guess you can always exorcise his contribution from your free copy using a pair of scissors and/or a black marker pen.


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