Alex (born in 1970) is co-founder of TrendCompass.net and founder of Krainer Analytics. He is a former hedge fund manager, commodities trader and author based in Monaco. Alex was born and raised in a socialist regime of former Yugoslavia, under one-party communist rule. As a 17-year old he joined a student exchange program and took up his university studies there, ultimately transferring to Switzerland on a scholarship where he completed a degree in Business and Economics. From Switzerland his path led him to Venezuela where he lived for a year and experienced his first banking crisis in 1994 when 9 of Venezuela’s 16 largest banks failed and brought the country’s economy to a grinding halt. The same year he returned to 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, Alex took employment at an oil trading company in Monaco. In 1998 he became the head of risk and CEO in 2000. Alex had originated the firm’s research and development program in market analysis and application of neural networks and artificial intelligence in trading of financial and commodities markets. By 2007 Alex launched his own investment management business and was among the small minority of managers who generated positive investment returns (+27%) during the 2008 financial crisis. Over the following six years, his fund outperformed the Dow Jones Credit Suisse index of Blue Chip commodity futures trading funds. In 2011 Alex Joined Lee Robinson’s Altana Wealth to manage the firm’s inflation hedging strategy. In 2019 Alex created Altana Wealth’s systematic portfolio allocation strategy which is beginning to make its mark in bridging the gap between technology and finance. In more recent years, Alex also busied himself as an author. In 2015 he published his first book titled, “Mastering Uncertainty in Commodities Trading.”
Carwin is an entrepreneur and digital marketing and sales professional with experience stretching back to 2002 when he participated in a strategic alliance for digital marketing and modernization of sales methodology created by technology behemoths CSC and HP. Since that time, Carwin has worked in market development, digital marketing and sales for a variety of technology companies including the Cooper Team, Trust Factory B.V., RPR VitalSigns, Hoozin and Growth Lensing. Carwin also works as the executive board member of Magellanic Cloud.