Sturgeon has been working in trading for around a decade and holds both
the IMC and CISI certificates.
For the past six and a half years
he has worked on the institutional
dealing desk of Alliance Trust which
trades global equities, fixed income,
derivatives, interest rate swaps, credit
default swaps and foreign exchange.
Prior to joining the desk, he worked
as a dealer on the retail desk, which he
joined in October 2006.
Before this he worked as a trading
analyst at JP Morgan Chase.
Sturgeon is a graduate of the
University of Edinburgh with a
BEng in Electronics and Electrical
After spells at Morgan Stanley, Commerzbank and Stigma Partners, Oliver Steinki decided to move away from the
major corporates and set up his own investment management
firm in Evolutiq.
The Swiss-based investment firm develops, designs
and implements quantitative trading models, and uses an
in-house developed algorithmic trading framework, which it
uses in its daily trading activities.
“Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, I knew quite
early that I would like to start my own company later in life,”
According to Steinki, Evolutiq’s model is built upon
doctoral research on the applicability of ensemble methods
to enhance option pricing models based on Lévy processes
conducted by Steinki himself.
“At Evolutiq, we are driven by a rigorous quantitative
research culture and rely heavily on academia’s latest findings
to construct innovative strategies. Our investment philosophy
evolves around the implementation of approaches based on
“We believe utilising these cutting edge statistical learning
techniques to formulate predictions is a more dynamic and
statistically more accurate approach to predict market moves
compared to static methods which are often based on the
normal distribution assumption.”
The firm invests in products including futures on major
equity indices, commodities, volatility, G7 currency pairs and
interest rates to ensure liquidity and low transaction costs.
Steinki began working in the financial industry in 2003,
Stanley as an associate. He then moved to Stigma Partners,
a systematic global macro house in Geneva, where he was
involved in multi-asset-class derivatives trading.
Steinki has co-founded and invested in successful start-ups throughout Europe, with a handful receiving awards from
the FT Germany, McKinsey, Ernst & Young and the German
federal ministry of economics. He is also an adjunct professor
teaching algorithmic trading and portfolio management
courses at IE Business School in Madrid and on the Hong
Kong campus of Manchester Business School. n