AFT is a market leader in the research and development of transparent futures-based indexes.
Founded by Victor Sperandeo (Trader Vic) in 2001, AFT is comprised of professionals specializing in the futures industry and in the design and licensing of transparent futures-based indexes.
AFT’s indexes have been utilized by the financial and institutional community globally in a broad array of products including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and exchange-traded notes (ETNs). Licensees have included Standard & Poor’s, Rydex Investments, Direxion, WisdomTree, HSBC, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse International, HSBC, and UBS. High-water assets linked to AFT’s indexes exceeded $3 billion.
President & CEO
Mr. Sperandeo is a professional trader and money manager, with over 46 years’ experience on Wall Street, trading numerous markets, both independently and for others, including George Soros and Leon Cooperman.
Mr. Sperandeo began his career in 1966 and soon became an options trader. In 1971, he founded his own company, Ragnar Options Corp, which would become the largest OTC securities option dealer in the world by 1972. Having gained a reputation as an astute trader of both the long and short side of the market, Trader Vic was hired as an independent trader by renowned investor George Soros, managing a short portfolio for the Quantum Fund during the declining market of December 1981 to July 1982.
He has been published in Barron’s numerous times, including the features — “Man of all Markets”, on May 2, 1983, and “Trader Vic the Ultimate Wall Street Pro”, on September 21, 1987 — and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Stocks & Commodities.
- Author of three books detailing his philosophy: Trader Vic — Methods of a Wall Street Master, Trader Vic II — Principles of Professional Speculation, and Trader Vic on Commodities: What’s Unknown, Misunderstood, and Too Good To Be True.
- Featured in the books Super Traders, and New Market Wizards.
- Author of articles and editorials for dozens of publications such as Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor and many other professional magazines.
- 2008 Inductee into the Trader Hall of Fame by Trader magazine and included on Ziad Abdelnour’s list of top 100 Wall Streeters.
JASON SCHMIDT, ESQ.
COO, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Schmidt has 18+ years of senior-level executive experience in the financial industry, with a demonstrated history of facilitating growth, maximizing profitability, and mitigating regulatory and broader operational risks.
Mr. Schmidt has been with AFT since 2004, serving as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer from 2004 to 2007 and as Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer from 2007 forward. He is part of the team that grew AFT from its infancy stage to achieving high-water marks of over $3 billion linked to AFT’s indexes.
Mr. Schmidt holds degrees from Villanova University (B.A.) and Hofstra University School of Law (J.D.), and is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York as well as the United States Tax Court.