About Pinnacle Quant

Pinnacle Quant, LLC is a boutique commodity trading advisory firm that specializes in systematically trading the E-mini S&P 500 futures. Pinnacle Quant, LLC was established by its principal, Raffi Sosikian on June 23rd of 2018. On October 2nd, 2018 Pinnacle Quant, LLC registered as a CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor) with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and became a member of the National Futures Association.

Just a bit of background on the principal – Raffi had always been fascinated with computers and coding, and started taking web development projects in 1996, which is when he first optimized a site for Yahoo! (Google wasn’t around then). That spawned new requests from clients who wanted him to optimize their sites, which ultimately led to Register Everywhere, Inc, a company that he grew from just a one-person shop to 8 employees, and additional independent contractors. A company that in its height generated over a million dollars in sales in a year. Raffi had his share of misses too. For example, Sosbuzz, Inc, a patented in-house developed search engine that took up lots of time and money ($1.3 mil), and went nowhere. However, after the realization that Sosbuzz, Inc wasn’t going anywhere he began to look at the markets. He found himself reading articles, and books, and pouring over charts of how markets move. The repeated patterns he noticed on the charts fascinated him, particularly the patterns he noticed on the $ES charts. At first, he began to experiment trading manually. He would have a few wins, and then a big loss, and he would stop trading for months at-a-time.

In 2015 he decided to automate the process of trading. He started from scratch and tried to run backtests on various trading instruments. He started with the obvious stocks, then ETFs like $SPY, then back to stocks that had “news,” but nothing seemed to work on any consistent level. He then started testing futures instruments, particularly the E-mini S&P 500 ($ES). He quickly noticed the chart patterns on the Emini Spooz ($ES) were far more repeatable and consistent than anything else he had seen.

He kept adding to his trading script’s code base, trying different variations, running backtests, analyzing each trade one-by-one to get a full understanding of when the markets went in his trade’s direction, and when they turned.

This was a very long, arduous, and tedious process, as thousands of backtested trades were analyzed, but it had to be done, and for thorough understanding it had to be done manually (not machine learning). It took years. The trading script had become far more robust and tactical as a result of the granular level of analysis, but finally by late June of 2018, he was ready. Using his trading system he did 30 trades from June 25th, 2018 until September of 2018, that he discussed during his interview with Matthias Knab of Opalesque TV here* – his trading system produced nearly a 97% win rate; 29 out of 30 trades were winners. He felt it was finally ready.

It was now crunch time, as the Series 3 examination was on September 21st, and he had a lot of studying to do. The exam was scheduled at 12:30PM, and he had to be there 30 minutes early to check-in. He caught himself reading the last chapter of a Series 3 book he purchased online at the parking lot of the Prometric testing center. Raffi thinks of himself as someone who has a pretty decent memory about things he reads with interest, but this was a lot of data. Thankfully, he passed his exam, and started to prepare for the NFA membership.

Since then, Raffi took about a year off to spend some time winding down his Register Everywhere, Inc business, has watched hundreds of hours of interviews from industry experts, attend industry conferences to learn everything there is to know about the money management industry. He also spent time improving his trading script to be able to handle significantly larger size. 

Now, that’s quite enough about Raffi. Let’s talk about why you are on this site, and what you are trying to accomplish with your funds. Are you currently trading your own money? Have you tried finding a good money manager? Have you tried working with hedge funds that claim to have top quants working on a highly secretive statistically based trading model, only to discover upon review of their disclosures that they can’t beat the market?

The more you look around trying to figure who is best qualified to manage your portfolio, the more time you are wasting not having your dollars earn more money for you. Stop wasting time! How long have you waited for your money manager to be right? Isn’t it time for you to have that talk with them?

You need a money manager whose interests are aligned with yours. Do you want a money manager who will charge you commissions on top of what your broker charges you just to make a trade for you? They can rack-up hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees over a year just placing trades for you. How about that management fee? Imagine paying someone 1 or 2% of your investment aggregate, when they can’t beat the market, and some actually lose money, and still get to charge you money for losing your money! At Pinnacle Quant, LLC we do not charge any commission fees beyond the fees that your broker will charge you, and we charge $0 for managing your money. We offer full transparency via our separately managed accounts so you can see each trade we make. Plus, there’s no lock-up period, which means you can stop our services at any time by simply sending an email that you wish to stop.

So how do we make money you ask? We charge an incentive fee based on our performance. Fair? Do you feel that our interests are aligned in that scenario? We do, because we know that if we don’t perform well, you will ask us to stop trading; so we have a vested interest to perform as well as we possibly can. Want to spend some time vetting out Raffi? No problem, give us a call!

Raffi and his wife Betty have two children, and they live in Los Angeles (Sherwood Forest), CA.


*Futures trading involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.


Our goal is to create a win-win-win situation for our partners, our clients, as well as ourselves.

Raffi Sosikian, MBAPrincipal of Pinnacle Quant, LLC, CTA

*Futures trading involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.

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