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The Derivative

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Welcome to The Derivative by RCM Alternatives, where we dive into what makes alternative investments go, analyze the strategies of unique hedge fund managers, and chat with interesting guests from across the investment world. Hosted by RCM Managing Partner, Jeff Malec, join us to take a ride through… read more


The NON-Wisdom of Crowds with Nigol Koulajian of Quest Partners

In through the nose – out through the mouth. In through the nose – out through the mouth.

You’ve now joined a headspace where we think you’re prepped to focus in and become one with today’s guest. He’s a well known CTA, expert researcher, meditation and yoga practitioner, and Founder & CIO of $1.8 Billion in AUM = Quest Partners. Today’s guest is none other than Nigol Koulajian, he’s been in the business since the early 1990’s and has grown to become one of the leading voices in alternative investments. Today, we’re talking with Nigol about Covid New York, Nigol’s quest to becoming a CTA, what it’s like managing more than a Billion dollars of people’s hard earned money, assessing price & risk in a portfolio, gaming Sharpe ratios, applying meditation to Quest’s quests, how easy it is to replicate hedge fund and CTA performance, Nigol’s favorite whitepapers, gaining convexity relative to skew, 30,000 ft view of Quest’s programs, “playing the players, not the game,” prioritizing meditation and mindset, and The Quest Indicator Book.



02:04-16:51=The Quest to Becoming a CTA

16:52-28:22=Meditation Mindset: Priming the Mind

28:23-51:42=The Power of Positive Skew Models

51:43-01:07:07=Gaming the Sharpe & Playing the Players

01:07:08-01:28:20=The Quest Book


Follow along with Quest on LinkedIn and on their website, and keep up to date with Nigol here.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, or tax advice. All opinions expressed by podcast participants are solely their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of RCM Alternatives, their affiliates, or companies featured. Due to industry regulations, participants on this podcast are instructed not to make specific trade recommendations, nor reference past or potential profits. And listeners are reminded that managed futures, commodity trading, and other alternative investments are complex and carry a risk of substantial losses. As such, they are not suitable for all investors. For more information, visit

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