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.
In my current role of CEO/Director of Education for VALIDUS, I continue to oversee the rapid growth of a Dubai-based network marketing company dedicated to offering the best in class in financial education via a unique membership model which rewards its members.
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 proprietary trading systems ('HF SYSTEMS') as a trading signals service exclusively for the bank's clients.
Since going independent in 2012, I have founded and co-managed Swiss-based asset management companies offering managed account services via LPOA agreements for HNW individuals and for regulated entities, and I have set up and continue to run a subscription service for traders looking to improve their results by adopting a systematic approach. I continue to offer personal mentoring for new and aspiring traders and educational webinars for selected FX/CFD providers.
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.