Emil van Essen

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Emil van Essen
Occupation CEO
Employer Emil van Essen Managed Futures
Location Chicago, IL

Emil Van Essen is CEO of Emil van Essen LLC, a commodity trading advisor, CTA based in Chicago. Van Essen, who has been a registered CTA since 1997, has been trading and modeling trading systems in the futures industry for more than 25 years. He has developed trading programs that primarily focus on spread trading strategies.

His firm was the recipient of two BarclayHedge "BTOP" awards at the Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards held on June 11, 2012, for: Best Return (High Volatility - Diversified) for $100-299M AUM and Best Defensive (Diversified) for $100-299M AUM.[1] His firm was nominated for another Pinnacle award in 2014 for the category of "3-Year Best Hybrid CTA."


He began his career as an institutional futures specialist for Prudential Securities and moved on to become director of quantitative futures analysis at REFCO Global Ltd., and director of managed futures at the Bank of Montreal. At Bank of Montreal, established its managed futures operations and began testing and developing a CTA selection model for the bank.[2] Van Essen also created the bank's first systematic, model-driven proprietary trading group.

He also has authored two books on systematic futures trading.

John Lothian News Interview

JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf spoke with van Essen about his trading program, how the industry evolved and the issue on most minds in the industry, what impact will MF Global have on the managed futures space. Disclaimer: Futures and options trading involve risk. Past results are no indication of future performance. Investment in this fund is open to QEP investors only. Published December 1, 2011.



Van Essen studied honors mathematics at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, from 1983 to 1986.


  1. Winners. Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards.
  2. Emil van Essen. ISAG.