Certeza History

1991

Mathematics Competitions

From an early age Mr. Nelson was fascinated with and drawn to mathematics and often competed in national competitions.

1991

1998

Options Trading

Mr. Nelson's affinity towards complex math lead to an exploration of quantitative finance and derivatives markets. He soon began devising complex derivative strategies focused on Vega.

2002

Volatility Group

Mr. Nelson's focus on Vega eventually led him to participate in a private forum of proprietary traders and academics from across the United States.  The group's focus was volatility forecasting and arbitrage.

2002

2004

CBOE launches VIX Futures

Mr. Nelson becomes one of the first to trade VIX futures.

2006

CBOE Launches VIX Options

Market depth in VIX derivatives increases exponentially and volatility term structure is established making term structure arbitrage possible.

2006

2011

Certeza Asset Management Launched

After spending years refining his volatility algorithims, Mr. Nelson launches Certeza Asset Management.

2012

Managed Accounts Start Trading

Mr. Nelson begins trading managed accounts for investors.

2012

2017

Certeza Macro Vega Fund Launched

Certeza Macro Vega fund is launched.

Why VIX?

Non-Trending

VIX stays within predictable ranges over time and does not trend to ever higher levels due to inflation and productivity.  This makes it an ideal mathematical instrument.

Why Certeza?

Experience
We have been modelling and trading VIX index futures since 2004 when they first launched and have a track record dating back to 2012.

Our Team

Brett Nelson, CFA
Brett Nelson, CFAFounder & CIO
Jim Macfarlane, CFA
Jim Macfarlane, CFACEO
Brett Jensen
Brett JensenCFO / Controller
Patrick Sharp
Patrick SharpCTO