John Diamondopoulos provides commentary on the global financial markets through the MacroTradingEdge blog (www.macrotradingedge.com). He is the chief trader and macro analyst for Optionwhiz HHT Limited (www.optionwhiz.com), a global macro advisory/research firm utilizing option strategies to achieve better risk/reward trades. John brings over 15 years of highly successful options trading experience particularly during times of financial crises where macro factors are crucial to trading success. For example, he predicted both the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and the 2007-2008 Credit Crunch earning exceptional returns many times his initial capital. He holds two post-graduate degrees - MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University (Boston) and an MRes in European Policy and Management from the University of London. In addition, a BA in Economics with minors in Business Administration and Chemistry from Boston University. At the European Business School London, he is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and is responsible for teaching international and highly specialized finance modules on three post-graduate programs - MSc in Global Banking & Finance, MA International Business and MA in Entrepreneurship. Modules include: Trading, Alternative Investments (Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Venture Capital), and International Finance. In addition, he jointly developed and taught a module on Financial Crises for undergraduate students this summer. Regarding research, his main interests are financial crises and the sociological/behavioral aspects of financial markets. Under these broad categories, John is specifically interested in the political aspects of financial crises and how traders make financial decisions. Currently, he is completing his PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. John is focused on the development of a theory of financial crises and which is entitled: 'A Social/Behavioral View of Financial Crises: the role of discourse and politics.' In addition, John has several published academic articles in the areas of monetary policy and financial crises which are shown below: Monetary Policy • Diamondopoulos, John. 2012. Transparency ‘footprints’ of Central Banks: The role of minutes/voting records. Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 41, Issue 2, April 2012, 235-247. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2011.12.009 In most academic studies the ECB is seen as more transparent than the FED. However, the perception of ECB transparency by the media and market participants is different. This study will examine the role of minutes/voting records as a possible cause of the differences in the perception of transparency between the academics and the media/market participants. As a proxy of how the media/market participants perceive Central Bank transparency, a content/thematic analysis of CNBC video clips was conducted for four central banks – ECB, FED, BOE, and BOJ. The result of the study yielded a three-dimensional ‘footprint’ of the importance of minutes/voting records as perceived by the media/market participants. In the ECB\'s case, the three-dimensional ‘footprint’ was extrapolated. The three-dimensional ‘footprint’ of the importance of minutes/voting records could be used to value the relative importance of minutes/voting records in transparency/disclosure indexes or as a ‘quick’ proxy for financial market participants to measure the transparency of Central Banks. Financial Crises • Diamondopoulos, John. 2012. To What Extent are Financial Crises Comparable and thus Predictable? Social Science Research Network (SSRN) e-journals: Financial Crises; Macroeconomic Monetary and Fiscal Policies (posted in March 2013) http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2241524 http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/45668 This paper critically examines the quantitative approach to financial crises from two perspectives. First, the assumption of comparability of financial crises is analyzed. The key question here is: how comparable are crises? An important consideration here is the context – social and political. Second, if financial crises are comparable to a certain extent, then we should be able to make predictions. Thus, the second key question is: how predictable are crises? The results have implications for the development of a theory of financial crises and government policies on crisis management. For a more detailed bio on John, please open the following link (http://optionwhiz.com/about-us/bio-john/) on the OptionWhiz HHT Limited website.