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Thomas Lott


Tom, a practiced Commodity Trader within his own hedge funds and recent Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley, has developed an impressive range of trading strategies over a 22-year period across all of the markets included in the Signals Matter filtering and signals generation process … and then some.

Tom was educated at Yale University (BS, Economics) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA, International Finance). He has pursued a career in domestic and international finance that has included traditional, hedge fund and private equity investing, along with private wealth management.

Tom’s finance and asset management career started at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation where he identified and structured financings for private companies in emerging countries, ultimately heading IFC’s European Division. In the mid-1980’s, Tom acquired a private equity interest in a leading office and business services provider which he helped expand to over 200 locations globally, which he ultimately rolled up and sold to a public Real Estate Investment Trust in the mid-1990’s.

Following, Tom founded a CFTC-registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) in the managed futures space, ultimately registering as a Commodity Pool Operator (CPO), developing trading programs, multi-manager pooled investment vehicles, and risk overlay technology for high-net worth individuals, family offices, and institutional investors. He was ultimately recruited to join Morgan Stanley in 2013, returning to the institutional arena as a Portfolio Manager and to build alternative investment structures (hedge funds specifically) within the firm for family offices and institutional investors.

Tom served three years of military service as an active-duty officer in the United States Navy, Asia and Pacific Regions. He has been a licensed airplane and glider pilot, and is an avid skier.