Reporter (Options Columnist)
Steve Smith has more than 20 years of investment experience and an expert level of options knowledge. He was a seat-holding member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) from 1989 to August 1997. During that period, Mr. Smith acted as both a market maker and traded for his personal account. He was at the forefront of leveraging the Web to educate and expand his business reach. While Mr. Smith continues to trade for his own account, in 1998, he joined TheStreet.com as the senior option columnist and chief derivatives strategist. In 2003, he launched an option-based newsletter, OptionAlert, which was awarded the MIN "Best Business Newsletter" in 2006. In 2009, Mr. Smith joined Minyanville as a contributor and launched the proprietary OptionSmith newsletter. In 2010, he joined New Vernon Capital, a family of hedge funds with over $2 billion of assets under management, as risk market consultant to utilize option strategies to reduce portfolio exposure and enhance returns for the four main funds. In addition, Mr. Smith earned a BA in English from Emory University.