Steven Cortes started in financial markets in 1994 as a Government Bonds salesman for Prudential. In 1998, he left sales to trade independently, using technical black-box models on global Government Bond markets.
In 2002, Cortes started Veracruz, a research consulting firm that provides real-time market research to broker/dealers, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds. Veracruz research covers global markets from Equity sectors to Currencies to Fixed Income.
Concurrent with running Veracruz, Cortes continues to proprietarily trade and provides frequent on-air analysis as a Contributor to CNBC.
In 1994, he graduated from Georgetown University, where he was nominated by the University for the Rhodes Scholarship, played varsity football and was named a George F. Baker Scholar. Cortes lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.