Profile of Michael J. LevasFounder – Senior Managing Principal & Chief Investment Officer, Olympian Group of Investment Management Companies
Member Since: 5/8/2014
Blog Posts: 18
Michael J. Levas has been in the investment management business for over 25 years and is the founder, senior managing principal & chief investment officer at the Olympian Group of Investment Management Companies. Prior to Olympian, he was a VP and Portfolio Manager in the Private Client Group at Lehman Brothers Inc. Prior to that, he was a VP with SG Cowen, UBS PaineWebber and Bear Stearns where he managed multi-assets in both institutional and retail portfolios.
Levas is the former founder and managing member of Olympian Securities LLC, and is a formally licensed Series 24 general securities principal and Series 7 general securities representative. He currently holds a Series 65, investment adviser representative license with FINRA. Levas is also the former founder and principal of Olympian Futures LLC, a former (NFA) registered introducing broker, and a formally licensed Series 3 associated person. He currently holds the Chartered Portfolio Manager (CPM) designation from the American Academy of Financial Management. He completed investment management studies at Harvard Business School and global investment risk management at the University of Oxford Said Business School. In addition, Levas has completed the Hedge Fund Programme at The London Business School. He is a current member of the CFA Institute, Securities Traders Association of Florida and formerly served on the 2008/2009 board of directors of The Hedge Fund Association.
Levas is a frequent conference speaker and commentator on the financial markets & asset management industry.
Specialties: Momentum Trading, Actively Managed Portfolios, Multi Asset & Macro Trading, FX Trading, Listed Option Trading, Call & Put Writing, Spreads. In addition, Levas has extensive executive and senior level operational experience in various aspects of founding and managing asset management firms, broker-dealers & hedge funds.
Articles by Michael J. Levas
August is shaping up to be a difficult month in the markets, with bulls and bears each looking for a market direction.
Geopolitical risks are increasing as the markets chug through the summer months, and investors are watching their risk profiles very closely.
The markets seem to be confused and continued to meander in March and in the beginning of April.
The market correction in January was answered by a 4.0 percent gain by the Dow Jones Industrial Average in February. Will the markets see a traditional correction anytime soon?
The new year kicked off with a brutal first month for investors. Will it be a typical market correction, or just a temporary dip?
Almost all of the major benchmarks hit highs in 2013, but what will 2014 bring to investors?
With bulls continuing to run throughout December, 2013 turned into a year for the record books.
A strong U.S. unemployment report ushered in an early Santa Claus rally, erasing some earlier losses in November.
The financial markets escaped October -- the most feared month for investors -- with modest gains, but indicators are mixed for November.
The stalemate in Washington, which hopefully will end today, has left worried investors and changed market dynamics.
August through October are traditionally the weakest months for trading. The markets aren't doing anything in 2013 to buck that trend.
As the economy continues to strengthen, the markets should be in decent shape for the remainder of the year.
The U.S. economy is still struggling, but many indicators are pointing to a gradually improving economic climate.
Investors and traders continue to defy the seasonal factors that normally impact the market. Auto sales are up, jobless claims are down, but the probability of a correction remains high.
Many financial reporters spoke about the market's vulnerability in the wake of the Associated Press Twitter hack, but the real story should have been the market's resiliency, as benchmarks returned right to where they were before the rogue report hit.
New limit up/limit down rules will add additional complexities to the markets in an attempt to curb volatility. Let's see how they actually work.
US equity markets soared to new highs in March, while the conflict in Cyprus raised concerns that led investors to flee the eurozone and seek safety in US credit and debt markets, writes Michael Levas,, CEO of Olympian Capital Management.
Following a strong January, February was not as enthusiastic for the markets. Plus, it seems as if investors are embracing sequestration, but is that a good thing?