PETER LUDWIG, CFA
Accomplished CFO with a strong track record in financial analysis, revenue/profit growth, balance sheet management, and process optimization. Excelled as financial risk manager in various front & middle office roles for fixed income trading desks at major banks, as well as CFO for two successful energy firms. Skills include accounting, financial & operational auditing, budgeting, risk management, trading & hedging, portfolio management, research, and regulatory compliance. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel/VBA), accounting software, and trading & risk management systems.
As CFO, increased firm profit margin over 20%, generating monthly savings through cost-cutting strategies such as staffing modifications, technology improvements, vendor negotiations, and brokerage-related projects.
Utilizing automation skills and diverse financial background, combined three positions into one: risk/operations manager, finance/accounting, and analyst/broker; resulted in a 10% boost to firm cash flow.
Successfully managed BBL’s investment portfolio; analyzing and trading equities, fixed income ETF’s & options. Outperformed the S&P 500 by over 300 bps since the portfolio’s inception, April 2018.
As middle office risk manager created T-0 risk-based P&L process/report for Exotic U.S. Rates trading desk, with 95% accuracy versus the next day final run. The desk previously received P&L explanation on T+1 only.
BBL BROKERS LLC, Houston – TX 2012 – Present
Chief Financial Officer
BBL has an extensive network of the largest firms in the natural gas and electricity markets, and specializes in pricing/risk services, market research, hedging, and execution. Led the re-branding of BBL Brokers in March 2018 with a core team and 3 partners. Initially hired in 2012 by former CEO to provide fiscal leadership, risk management, automation and model enhancements, and gain compliance in the regulated U.S. derivative industry.
Increased productivity, improved client/trader relationships, and significantly reduced fixed costs in the first year of BBL’s operation, resulting in a 25% increase in profit margin vs previous year of the former entity.
Implemented BBL’s risk management program, actively monitoring energy markets to provide advice on capturing target prices and avoiding price risks. Provide position reports, alerts for market opportunities, and VaR analysis.
Gained National Futures Association approval (CFTC compliance) in less than three months, a timeframe not often accomplished in the futures industry. Successfully lead annual financial/operational (independent) audits.
Launched BBL’s initial accounting processes. Create and analyze monthly financial statements. Automated trade confirmation procedures, saving the firm over $100k in consulting charges.
As FP&A manager, manage strategic initiatives and organizational planning. Effectively communicate with company stakeholders regarding financial trends, regulatory issues, and firm welfare.
Successfully manage budget (vs actual), revenue cycle, AP/AR, payroll, GL, and account reconciliations.
Generate and share market research. Assist in delta hedging of client option positions (price, delta, volume).
Profitably manage BBL’s investment portfolio with value investing philosophy; tactical asset analysis capitalizing on behavioral finance overreactions particularly in volatile markets.
Developed BBL’s natural gas volatility curve spreadsheet and submit daily vol smile to clearing exchanges. Also created electricity pricing data spreadsheet used by power brokers to relay more accurate markets to clients.
Drafted and implemented BBL’s Supervisory Requirements, Anti-Money Laundering Policy, and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, as well as assisted IT in creation and testing of BBL’s Cyber Security (ISSP).
Effectively completed NFA’s on-site examination of BBL’s monthly financial statements (GAAP compliant) and daily net capital calculations, as well as firm procedures and compliance programs.
Built and monitor BBL’s website and manage other marketing aspects of the firm.
BANK OF AMERICA / MERRILL LYNCH – New York, NY 2010 – 2012
Risk & PL Manager – Exotic U.S. Rates, Inflation Options, & Structured Products
Instrumental in providing the interest rate business with risk and position management, market and VaR analysis, senior management PL/risk commentary, and liaising with other teams such as finance, technology, and trading desks.
Led Risk team with management relying heavily on myself as sole contributor able to produce for and interact with complex (quant-oriented) exotic derivative trading desk.
Modernized entire T+1 risk and P&L production, automated with newly coded Excel/VBA explains, as well as added market commentary explaining changes.
JP MORGAN CHASE / BEAR STEARNS – New York, NY 2007 – 2010
Lead Trade Assistant / Risk Analyst – Emerging Market Derivatives
Supervised three analysts in the production of daily P&L, trading positions, and risk scenarios for the Latin American derivative trading desk. Acted as trading floor liaison between traders, sales, and support areas. Products included interest rate/cross currency swaps, forwards, swaptions, caps/floors, and other exotic/structured products.
Eliminated risk (delta/gamma/vega) and P&L errors after taking ownership of modeling new trades and products.
Improved end-of-day market data environment generation/validation, enabling more accurate trading results and timely front office reporting.
PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL – Newark, NJ 2005 - 2007
Team Lead – Derivative Operations
Managed junior staff in daily reconciliation of derivative trading activity and establishing hedge accounting relationships.
Led research and correction of more than 500 interest rate, currency, and credit default swaps with contract differences between the accounting and trade management systems.
CERTIFICATION, LICENSE & EDUCATION
Villanova University, School of Business, Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Issued Sep 2019, CFA Institute ID 413454
Series 3 – Commodity Futures License (2013)