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Howard Friend CMT

I have been actively involved in the financial markets as a trader, market strategist, systems developer and trading educator for over 30 years. I have dedicated my career to the creation, development and trading of systematic/algorithmic trading models and to mentoring new and improving traders.


​My first proprietary trading role was for a UK family office (2007-2009) where I traded spot FX and futures (Crude Oil, S & P 500, Gold, T-Bonds etc.) producing solid returns over an 18-month period with minimal drawdowns.


Moving to Switzerland in 2009 as Chief Market Strategist of a Swiss bank, I produced daily market analysis and ran my proprietary trading systems ('HF Systems') as a trading signals service exclusively for clients. 

I went independent in mid-2012, obtaining a Swiss asset management license which enabled me to offer managed account services as a regulated asset manager and I have managed trading accounts on behalf of regulated entities for much of the time since.   


I run 'HF Systems' as a market timing service via an FCA regulated broker and I offer trading education courses for new and aspiring traders and educational webinars for brokers looking to give their clients a trading edge.​​​

I have been a member of the CMT Association since 1999 and was one of the first holders of the CMT designation outside the US (attained in 2004). I have appeared regularly on the financial TV networks (CNBC etc.) discussing market views, and have conducted seminars on trading strategy development around the world.