Grant is a Canadian capital markets veteran with over 20 years of multi-asset class derivatives experience. Grant has been based in Japan since ‘99. His career exists mainly out of Tokyo sell-side market risk roles on the trading floor across rates, fx and credit flow and exotic derivatives. Grant also has 2 yrs experience in crypto: market-making, hedge fund prop trading, market risk & algo R&D. In his free time, Grant enjoys snowboarding with his family in Niigata, Japan.
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?
I enjoy teaching and had the opportunity as Visiting Lecturer in 2011/12 to teach MBA Finance students at the International University of Japan (国際大学) located in Niigata. I strove to make the financial derivatives pricing and risk management courses I taught as practical as possible, working with the students in-class to build pricing models from scratch in excel and C++.
I enjoyed giving a crypto options pricing & greeks seminar recently to the Kairon Labs trading team and also enjoyed Andreas’ Uniswap/Python trading seminar.
What is your role at Kairon Labs?
As I am based in Japan I cover market making and portfolio The use of two different strategies in order to reduce the r... More for our clients during APAC hours. So watching the screens for price action, watching the orderbook and adjusting our market maker algo parameters are required. On the The use of two different strategies in order to reduce the r... More side monitoring hedge portfolio pnl, hedge portfolio effectiveness and researching and implementing new The use of two different strategies in order to reduce the r... More methodologies. Updating clients on market-making and The use of two different strategies in order to reduce the r... More, regular market making/hedging client reporting updates and posting weekly LinkedIn team comments on DeFI/markets keep it exciting and busy.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Kairon, whose job would you want?
Andreas, one of my fellow quant traders is pushing the boundaries with regards to CEX/DEX (Ce/Decentralized The platform through which cryptocurrencies are exchanged wi... More) The act of buying from one exchange and then selling it to a... More and he is awesome at teaching me!
What advice would you give to our recent new hires?
Been in the markets since ‘93 so enjoyed participating – mostly as an APAC market risk manager – in traditional derivatives space – and witnessing the build out from vanilla flow derivatives products to much more exotic structures. I was lucky to get in on the ground floor in terms of having some time to build an understanding of say EM (Emerging Market) Asia market The liquidity of a cryptocurrency is defined by how easily i... More stats for linear flow rates trading so when the more EM Asia exotic structures appeared we had a good handle on realistic The use of two different strategies in order to reduce the r... More solutions and required model and The liquidity of a cryptocurrency is defined by how easily i... More reserves. I think our new hires are in a similar position in terms of crypto market maturity – so focus all you can on getting the basics of market The liquidity of a cryptocurrency is defined by how easily i... More, flow derivatives model risk, counterparty credit risk down pat so that you have a solid confident knowledge base to rely on when more complicated crypto products start appearing on the scene en masse. And they will.
How do you explain to your friends and family members who are not involved in our industry what you do?
First I make sure to stay away from using industry jargon like “The act of buying from one exchange and then selling it to a... More” – potentially the most misunderstood term in financial markets history. I tell them for example that clients have entrusted us to make an *attractive* market in their tokens to help build up genuine investor trading interest and that is what we strive to achieve.
What has been your favorite project at Kairon Labs so far?
Enjoyed brainstorming with the team on suitable proxy hedges for client altcoin portfolios where explicit The use of two different strategies in order to reduce the r... More solutions are n/a and running correlation analyses to estimate hedge effectiveness. A recent ML (machine-learning) trading strategy intro call with a client has the potential to be extremely interesting as well project-wise and am seeking to A loan of sorts offered by a broker on an exchange during ma... More off earlier ML/Python research experience.
Are you sure you are not related to Jordan Belfort (Wolf of Wallstreet)?
Our family names are off by 1 letter!