Alpesh, a former barrister, left to trade full time on his own account in 1996. He has written for the Financial Times since 1999, and provided regular market views for Barclays, Merrill Lynch and HSBC, as well as investment talks for American Express and Goldman Sachs. This year he won the Financial Times “Predict the FTSE over 12 months” competition, coming within 0.5% of the final value, using TA. Alpesh is a former Visiting Fellow in Business of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a trustee of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of several investment books published by the Financial Times.