Donald L. Luskin is the Chief Investment Officer of Trend Macrolytics LLC. Luskin's 30-year career as an entrepreneur, executive, investment manager and commentator has been built around his passion for the application of technology and innovation to the challenge of investing.
Prior to founding Trend Macrolytics with David Gitlitz, Luskin was Vice Chairman and co-Chief Investment Officer of Barclays Global Investors, where he worked with the world's largest institutional investors to create innovative indexing and quantitative investment management strategies.
After Barclays, Luskin was CEO and cofounder of MetaMarkets.com, and manager of the pathbreaking OpenFund – the world's first mutual fund to disclose all its holdings and trading activity in real-time on the Internet.
Luskin was the inventor of the POSIT ECN, and founder of Investment Technology Group at Jefferies & Company. He has been a hedge fund manager and an options market maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Pacific Stock Exchange, and the New York Stock Exchange.
Luskin runs a blog based on his forthcoming book, "The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid," in which he examines the obstacles to wealth creation by ordinary people. He is the author of "Index Options and Futures: The Complete Guide," and editor of "Portfolio Insurance: The Guide to Dynamic Hedging," both published by Wiley & Company.
Luskin's column is published weekly on SmartMoney.com and he contributes frequently to National Review Online. Luskin also appears regularly on CNBC's "Kudlow & Company" and on Bloomberg TV, CNN and Fox News. He was formerly a columnist for TheStreet.com and Business 2.0.
His commentaries have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Pensions & Investments, the American Spectator, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Detroit News.