Alex Krainer

Alex Krainer

By James Delingpole

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Alex Krainer is an author and former hedge fund manager based in Monaco. He was born and raised in the socialist regime of former Yugoslavia, under one-party communist rule. At 17 he joined a student exchange program in the United States where he took up his university studies.

From there his path led to Switzerland on a scholarship where he completed a degree in Business and Economics and advanced to a masters program. From Switzerland he moved to Venezuela where he lived for a year and experienced his first banking crisis in 1994. Nine of Venezuela’s 16 largest banks failed and brought the country’s economy to a grinding halt. That year he returned to his native Croatia and joined the military where he served through 1995 during the last phases of Croatia’s war of independence.

In 1996, upon discharge from the military, he took employment at an oil trading company in Monaco. In 1998 he became the head of risk and in 2000 the company's CEO. He had originated the firm’s research and development program in market analysis and application of neural networks and artificial intelligence in trading financial and commodities markets.

By 2007 he launched his own investment management business and was among the small minority of managers who generated positive investment returns (+27% net of fees) during the 2008 financial crisis. Over the following six years, his hedge fund outperformed the Dow Jones Credit Suisse index of Blue Chip managed futures funds. In 2011 Alex Joined Lee Robinson’s Altana Wealth to manage the firm’s tail risk strategy. From 2012 to 2019, always relying on I-System strategies, this fund outperformed the EurekaHedge Tail Risk Index.

In 2020 he set up Krainer Analytics to provide turn-key portfolio solutions and trading decision support to third party investment managers. In 2015 he published his first book titled “Mastering Uncertainty in Commodities Trading," (free download) which was ranked #1 book on FinancialExpert.co.uk list of “The 5 Best Commodities Books for Investors and Traders” for 2021. In 2017, he published "Grand Deception: Truth About Bill Browder, Maghitsky Act and the Anti-Russia Sanctions," which was promptly banned by Amazon.

In 2019, Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance published his paper on commodity price risk management titled, "Commodity price risk, profits and value creation." In 2021 he also published "Alex Krainer's Trend Following Bible" (free download) and launched his YouTube channel, MARKETS, TRENDS & PROFITS.

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