Denise Shull intended to climb the ladder at IBM when she found herself bit by two other bugs – psychology and trading. In 1994, as she finished her master’s in neuroscience at The University of Chicago, she unexpectedly joined a group of traders at the Chicago Board Options Exchange in one of the first “upstairs” trading firms. Moving to NYC in 1997 to run a trading desk, her unique set of experiences converged in the publication of her first trading psychology article in 2004.
In 2006, CME Group featured what was becoming her novel take on the psychology of risk decisions. She knew she was onto something when trader after trader said “I thought it was only me”. She began speaking to trading groups of all types and the trend continued – traders reported that finally someone “got it”. In 2012, McGraw Hill published Shull’s book Market Mind Games: A Radical New Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk. One reviewer called it “a veritable Rosetta Stone of Trading Psychology” and another “Ahead of Its Time”.
Shull officially founded The ReThink Group as Trader Psyches in 2007. Her goal then and now is to make the latest in brain science practical to those who take risk for a living. Her team includes three coaches and a second practice group in hedge fund manager selection, portfolio construction and positioning. Today their work is known worldwide and includes clients in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia and Australia.
She has appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in the US and Asia, Bloomberg, “Cavuto”, PBS and Discovery. Profiles of her work with fund managers, bank, floor and high-net worth traders have been appeared in the FT, WSJ, The Globe and Mail and Risk Professional. Columns by Denise have appeared in Psychology Today, Hedge Fund Intelligence, All About Alpha, Huffington Post, Business Insider and The Compliance Exchange. In 2014, Shull’s lead authorship of the trading psychology chapter will appear in Wiley’s Investor Behavior, The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing.
In addition to her AM from Chicago, Shull is also a graduate of Harvard Kennedy’s “Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance” program. She resides in New York City and belongs to the Association for Psychological Science, the Hedge Fund Association, New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, 85 Broads and 100 Women in Hedge Funds.
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