Merlin Taps Morgan Stanley Vet To Oversee Market Strategy

Oct 25 2011 | 10:28am ET

Prime brokerage Merlin Securities has hired Morgan Stanley alumnus Rick Bensignor as chief market strategist.

Bensignor has extensive experience in the finance world, including a stint as chief market strategist for Morgan Stanley’s principal strategies group. Prior to that, he had been the firm’s institutional investor-ranked technical strategy analyst, overseeing its technical product for four years.

Bensignor also served as the head of technical analysis, futures and commodities at Bloomberg, prior to which he was Morgan Stanley's commodities technical strategist and head of its institutional commodity futures sales desk. This followed a 12-year trading career on the floors of several New York futures exchanges.
Bensignor’s career has included time in academia, as an adjunct instructor at New York University, and he’s also a published author whose New Thinking in Technical Analysis: Trading Models from the Masters appeared in 2000.

In his new position, Bensignor will produce behavioral market strategy research focused on a wide variety of asset classes and macro-economic commentary that will be made available to Merlin clients. Bensignor will report directly to Stephan Vermut, founder and managing partner of Merlin Securities, and will be based in the firm’s New York office.
“I am thrilled to be joining Merlin Securities which has, since its inception, been dedicated to becoming the premier provider of products and services to the alternative asset management industry,” said Bensignor. “I look forward to adding my thinking to Merlin’s incredible suite of products and services that enable asset managers to better run their businesses and focus on generating alpha for their investors.”

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