Absolute Return Capital Management is a Commodity Trading Advisor that executes and manages Managed Futures strategies.
The ARCM Ionic Strategy is a “Whole Portfolio” multi-strategy concept designed to deliver superior returns and lower drawdowns than a traditional investment portfolio. It is composed of 3 components: Long Equity Index Futures (such as SP500 and Nasdaq100), Long Fixed Income Futures (such as 30 yr. US Treasury Bonds), and the ARCM Diversified Momentum Component.
Ionic’s purpose is to deliver the aggregate return/risk of a diversified Core Holdings Investment Strategy AND an Alternative Managed Futures Strategy within a single futures-based account.
The firm is owned and managed by Lawrence Abrams who has over 30 years of experience as a Futures and Options trader and broker. He has successfully traded through periods of drought, market crashes, natural and man-made disasters, clearing firm defaults, sweeping regulatory reforms, and more than a dozen so-called "Black Swan" events. Abrams' ability to prosper during tumultuous market periods is what ultimately inspired him to create ARCM.
Mr. Abrams was a partner of Cooper Neff, one of the nation's leading options market-making and technology innovation groups. The firm created many of the pricing and risk assessment tools that are still used by the derivatives industry decades later. Mr. Abrams was instrumental in significantly expanding the firm's footprint on The Philadelphia Stock Exchange, The Kansas City Board of Trade, Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE), Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), and The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).
After his division of Cooper Neff was acquired by a major Japanese Bank, Mr. Abrams formed his own trading firm, which operated from the CBOT trading floor. In the crucible of pit trading, Mr. Abrams developed many proprietary indicators, unique market analysis tools, and a range of risk management protocols to identify, trade, and manage trading opportunities. Abrams was a prominent "top-step" trader and market maker in the Soybean Options and Futures Pits at the CBOT and was elected to serve terms as a member of the Soybean Options Pit Committee. He was also nominated as a member and Vice-Chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade COM Committee (representing all options traders and options products at the CBOT).
Upon retiring from the trading floor in Chicago in 2015, he devoted the next 4 years of his time extensively researching, testing, and refining the managed futures strategies which underpin ARCM's trading models. Mr. Abrams is a graduate of Boston University holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Additionally, he is actively involved with Open Heart Magic, a Chicago-based non-profit organization, training and providing opportunities for volunteer magicians to bring laughter, hope, and strength to sick children and their families at their hospital bedsides.