- I get a lot of messages, so don't be surprised or offended if I ignore you or don't reply for many days
- I am more likely to reply if you ask specific questions rather than vague open-ended questions like "Would you please give me some tips and resources for my journey"
- I don't have the time to audit, review, give advice on your trading strategy idea; unless you want to pay me.
Don't contact on any of the following subjects - at best you will be ignored, and at worst I will write a really sarcastic reply:
- Mentoring (sorry I don't have the time)
- Trading crypto or anything to do with blockchain (I'm biased, live with it)
- Becoming an introducing broker (I'm not that dodgy)
- Changing my broker (I'm happy with my existing brokers and I don't need any more)
- Using your forex EA / robot / trading system (I have my own)
- Investing in your trading strategy / hedge fund (I have my own)
- Using your library / GUI / coding / no code platform to run my trading systems (I have my own)
- Investing in venture capital / seed investment / angel investment / real estate / guaranteed business opportunity (I only invest in public companies). Any potentially illegal or unauthorised investment activity or marketing will be reported to the FCA.
I don't disclose my email address on line, as it would soon be overwhelmed by spam. So you have to jump through some hoops to get in touch with me. If you want to get in touch, use one of the following methods:
1) If you have a specific and quite short question about one of my blog posts, then leave a comment. Comments are moderated, and if they are obviously spam (include a link and no meaningful text) they will be deleted. Proper comments will usually be published after a slight delay (could be a long delay if I'm on holiday).
2) My preferred method for contacting me privately is via the contact me box on each page of this blog. I realise it's quite a small box. Send me a short message explaining what you want to talk about and if it's sensible then I'll reply on email.
3) Second favourite is via linked-in. I accept nearly all connection requests, and once I've accepted your request we can mail each other. If you seem genuine, I'll move the conversation to email.
4) I am not so keen on communicating via twitter; you can tweet at me in public by all means but private direct messaging requires that we follow each other, and I'm pretty selective about who I follow (nothing personal).
5) I rarely check my facebook mail / messenger / whatever it's called ; so don't be surprised if there is a big time lag between your message and my response, or indeed if it is ignored completely.
Finally, if you get a message from 'me', on this platform or anywhere else, offering trading courses, 'bots' or passive income: delete and report. I don't do that. So it isn't really from me.
Contacting me for events, quotes, articles etc
As you can see here, 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.
There is a high-res headshot image here, which you may use only with my written permission and for which I retain the copyright. With my permission you may down-sample or crop the file to make it smaller, but you may not filter, or alter the image in any other way (no drawing moustaches in MS paint).
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 systematicmoney.org
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 systematicmoney.org
Expenses for talks and conferences (read before asking me to speak)
- My ability to travel to international events will depend on current Coronavirus and other 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 south east England.
- 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.