Manager's Corner

By Roger Welp

In this month’s Manager’s Corner Update, we have eco Capital Management, answer our “25 Questions Every Investor Should Ask”. Plus get the latest rankings from Barclay Hedge and sign up to receive our Managed Futures Kit.


eco Global Opportunities is a disciplined, multi-model futures program that seeks to identify and profit form multi-day price movement that tends to accompany expansion in short-term market volatility. The program: Trades a diversified portfolio of liquid global  futures products using the same rules for every market; Is uncorrelated with traditional investments (-0.10 with the S&P 500 Index) and can profit in bear markets; Utilizes capital efficiently by typically maintaining a low margin-to-equity ratio; Employs proprietary Volatility Targeting and Concentrated Exposure filters that aim to control portfolio risk and stabilize volatility over time; Has an average hold of less than 5 days.

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25 Questions Every Investor Should Ask     

1.) What is the name of the program/programs and who are the listed Principals?

Program: eco Global Opportunities
Principals: Kevin Doyle and Robert Friedl

2.) Can you provide us with some details of your corporate background?

The predecessor to eco Capital Management LLC, Fall River Capital, was originally co-founded by Robert Friedl in 1999 with a focus on longer-term trading. The eco Global Opportunities program was the result of a research initiative by Mr. Friedl into short-term holding periods and away from the company’s original long-term focus. The eco Global Opportunities program started trading in September 2007 and has evolved over that period until now. This short-term program is the only program currently available from eco Capital Management.

3.) Who are the Principals with trading authority?

The trading models are systematic with the principals, Kevin Doyle and Robert Friedl, and the trading staff of eco Capital have trading authority.

4.) Can you provide details on the principal and/or managers’ education, career and trading background?

Mr. Doyle has over 25 years of industry experience in trading and money management with long-term positions held at Trout Trading Company and Crabel Capital Management as well as a shorter tenure with Emil van Essen.
Mr. Doyle began his career with Cargill Investor Services in 1989 working as a broker on the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE), spending 1993 working in Chicago on both the... Click here to access this full questionnaire!

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