Doug Robertson is T3 Live's Options Specialist and runs the service T3 Live's "Options Strategist" as well as our coaching programs. Doug began his career in the trading industry in 1999. He partnered with a venture capitalist and a small group from the technology industry, including himself as the tech guy and self-professed math geek. Each of them thought stock arbitrage would be an easy way to make money. With an enormous amount of hard work and a little bit of luck, amazingly enough, it happened.
From the beginning, Doug had the opportunity to participate in the development and running of a wide variety of trading strategies. As a quantitative analyst, trader and strategy developer, he was able to explore stocks, options, futures and FOREX in markets around the world.
When he started in 1999, the focus was on high-speed arbitrage between the equities markets. Over time, the arbitrage opportunities dwindled. Their original company was sold to an outside firm and his team went over to the new company to work on a wide range of trading strategies and systems. His trading focus expanded to high-speed automated strategies.
By 2007, their group was doing $500 million in trades a day in U.S. equities alone with a significant portion of the trading in major ETFs, such as the SPYs. Once again, the company and technology that they developed was bought out and Doug was faced with an exciting offer. He had taken the position of Director of European Trading at the Chicago Proprietary Trading firm that had bought them out.
He worked on LaSalle Street in Chicago, right in the hub of the options and commodities trading industry. It was an amazing opportunity to not only explore trading strategies around the world, but to see the inner workings of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and CME. Collaborating on the floor of the CBOE, Doug was able to refine several trading strategies specific to the options markets. In 2009, Doug relocated to South Florida where he started a money management business. Currently, he manages options trading accounts for clients, develops analytical models and teaches options trading.