Douglas Borthwick is a Macro Analyst and FX Trader. Mr. Borthwick has over 20 years of experience in G20, and emerging markets foreign exchange and interest rate trading. He has managed trading desks at Faros Trading, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Standard Chartered; in G20 forwards, Asian deliverable and non-deliverable forwards, and Latin American deliverable and non-deliverable forwards. He was the Head of Latin American non-deliverable forwards and options trading desks and a Director with Standard Chartered Bank from 2007 to 2009. As the Head of Standard Chartered's Latin American trading team, his primary responsibilities included proprietary trading and market making for global hedge fund, real money and corporate clients. Mr. Borthwick helped the bank grow and manage the trading business, delivering the firm's franchise in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and South Korea. Prior to that, Mr. Borthwick was the Head of Strategic Trading within Foreign Exchange and a Director with Merrill Lynch. He traded deliverable and non-deliverable currencies in the G20 and emerging markets space along with proprietary indices and interest rate futures on a proprietary basis. From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Borthwick headed the G20 deliverable forwards and Asian non-deliverable forwards trading desks for Morgan Stanley, servicing daily flow from global hedge fund, real money and corporate clients in addition to trading the firm's own account on a proprietary basis. He advised hedge fund and corporate clients during the Asian crisis and traded in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Mr. Borthwick was also an analyst within the economic research department of Lehman Brothers. He was a member of the institutional investor ranked teams for both U.S. and Latin American economics. Douglas is frequently quoted by Bloomberg, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times and regularly appears on CNBC, Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg TV. Mr. Borthwick holds a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, with a concentration in Economics and an M.B.A. from Yale's School of Management.
As an independent trader, I focus on tradeable advice across a wide range of financial products and markets. After several years of short-term trading I now find the real challenge is to take a trade guided by macro views and only pick those trades that fit my trading personality. As a Psychologist I see the investment and trading world as a mirror of mass psychology and sentiment. Any ideas expressed are solely for educational and informational purposes.
Alan Geik has an M.Sc. in Economic Growth and Development from the London School of Economics. He has taught economic growth in London colleges.
In a parallel and unrelated life he has been a Los Angeles radio programmer of Afro–Cuban music and Latin jazz at KCRW and also for KXLU’s, long running salsa show “Alma Del Barrio.”
He co-produced several compilation CDs for Rhino Records, including the popular, Mambo Mania in the mid 1990’s. He also produced Caravana Cubana’s Late Night Sessions on his own label, Dreamer Music. It received two Grammy nominations in 2000. He also promoted concerts at popular music venues in L.A. including the Hollywood Palladium, the Greek theater, and the Universal Amphitheater.
In still another unrelated life, Alan was a documentary filmmaker for Wide World of Sports and Time-Life Films in New York City. He produced music documentaries and videos in Los Angeles and was in post production for television shows and theatrical releases at Paramount Pictures for eleven years.
He is currently living in S.E. Asia.