MATTHEW HUNTER - Associate
Matthew has more than 40 years of experience in commodities as a private sector trader/manager and as a senior person within two federal regulatory agencies. Recently, he retired from government service. In his last position as Deputy Director of the Surveillance Branch at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, he was charged with leading a team to detect illegal commodities trading conduct with an emphasis on uncovering market manipulation. In order to do so, he changed the CFTC culture to focus on computer programs and data organization to uncover market abuses. Matthew conceptualized and directed the computer programming processes which allowed CFTC surveillance staff to respond to requests about market participant trading activities within hours of receiving data. Matthew framed the analysis conducted by staff concerning market participants’ activities impacting prices, volatility, potential market disruptions, and acts involving potential fraud.
As the commodities-trading subject matter expert for the CFTC and for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for specific commodities and for general trading conduct, he mentored staff to assist in their discernment of market participant behaviors, as well as contributed to a wide range of policy issues.
Prior to his government service, his history includes over 25 years in commodities trading at investment banks, precious metals trading firms, and power trading companies. He was directly engaged in all phases of profitable commodity trading in energy, precious metals and foreign exchange, including hedging, arbitrage, forwards, options, derivatives, futures, global inventory management and speculative endeavors. He has built trading desks, managed portfolios, and advised large Fortune 500 firms and central banks on derivative use and hedging strategies.