About John Thomas

…The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader is a unique package of products and services that enhances your investment performance.

They cover all asset classes, including global stocks, bonds, foreign currencies, commodities, precious metals, energy, and real estate.

The goal is to teach you to think like a hedge fund manager and obtain absolute positive returns on your portfolio at all times. We really don’t care about performance relative to a benchmark, like the S&P 500.

Mad Hedge instructs readers on how to execute low risk/high return techniques used by the best hedge fund managers. It gives specialist traders in single markets knowledge and expertise across all asset classes worldwide.

Mad Hedge will send you Trade Alerts via text message and email to notify you exactly when to execute specific trades. It then follows these up with a daily profit and loss statement. Trades are closed with follow up alerts on when to take profits, or when to stop out.

This gives you the opportunity to operate your own personal hedge. It is up to you to place the orders. The independently audited track record of this service places it at the apex of money managers today.

We follow up the trading service with a daily research newsletter that gives you the in depth fundamentals behind our recommended Trade Alerts. This provides you with a steady stream of the best written, insightful, and yes, often funny, information available in the market. It offers a fabulous education about today’s complex, and often volatile financial markets.

Mad Hedge offers several other services to further educate you. Hedge Fund Radio delivers live weekly interviews with investing heavyweights. Global Strategy Luncheons give you the opportunity to meet John Thomas one on one at venues around the world. A massive archive and database provides a library of potential investment ideas. John’s biweekly Global Strategy Webinars give followers an updated snapshot of the state of play on all asset classes. Jim Parker’s Mad Day Trader includes tools for those with a very short-term time horizon.

The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader is written by John Thomas, one of the founding fathers of the modern hedge fund industry. John graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics in 1974. He moved to Tokyo, Japan to join a Japanese securities house as a research analyst, becoming fluent in Japanese.

In 1976 he was appointed the Tokyo correspondent for The Economist magazine and the Financial Times. For the next seven years he published thousands of articles about the economies, companies, and leaders of Asia. He was one of the first American correspondents to cover China during the Cultural Revolution.

He reported on the American attempt to climb Mount Everest and guerilla wars throughout Southeast Asia. The major figures he interviewed included China’s Premier Deng Xiaoping, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, the UK’s Margaret Thatcher, the PLO’s Yassir Arafat, CIA head William Colby, and of course, President Ronald Reagan.

In 1982 Thomas moved to New York as the US editor of a major business magazine. When a member of the White House press corps he covered the early years of the Reagan administration. In 1983 he was hired by a top investment bank to build a new division in international equities.

In 1989 Thomas was appointed a director of the Swiss Bank Corp responsible for its then vast portfolio of Japanese equity derivatives. A year later he left to set up the first ever dedicated international hedge fund, which became a top performer in the industry.

In 1999 Thomas sold his hedge fund to concentrate on managing his personal investments. He focused on oil natural gas exploration and development in Texas and Colorado, pioneering the new “fracking” technology. After catching a surge in the price of natural gas, John sold this business in 2005.

Seeing the incredible inefficiencies and severe mispricing offered by the popping of multiple bubbles during the Great Crash of 2008, and missing the adrenaline of the marketplace, he returned to active hedge fund management. With The Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader, his goal is to broaden public understanding of the techniques and strategies employed by the most successful hedge funds so that they may more profitably manage their own money.

In his free time, Thomas climbs mountains, does long distance backpacks, practices karate, performs aerobatics in antique aircraft, collects vintage wines, reads the Japanese classics, and engages in a wide variety of public service and philanthropic activities.

His career has taken him up to 20,000 feet on Mount Everest, to the edge of space at 90,000 feet in the Cockpit of a MIG-25, and to the depths of a sunken Japanese fleet in the Truk Lagoon.

Why they call him “Mad” he will never understand.