ARCM Ionic Strategy is 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.
*Performance results from July 2019 through September 2021 are from Lawrence Abrams’ (principal) proprietary accounts pro forma adjusted for a 1% management and a 20% incentive fee.
*Performance results from October 2021 forward are a combination of client accounts and Lawrence Abrams’ (principal) proprietary accounts. Proprietary accounts pro forma adjusted for a 1% management and a 20% incentive fee.
Client accounts reflect fees paid and pro forma for fees accrued.