Merlin Announces Chief Market Strategist

October 25, 2011 ( - Merlin Securities, a technology solutions provider and prime brokerage services firm, announced that Rick Bensignor has joined the firm as Chief Market Strategist.

In this new position, Bensignor will produce behavioral market strategy research focused on a wide variety of asset classes and macro-economic commentary that will be made available to all of Merlin’s existing MerlinPrime, MerlinSHARP, and Merlin Institutional Group (MIG) clients. Bensignor will report directly to Stephan Vermut, Founder and Managing Partner of Merlin Securities, and will be based in the firm’s New York office.   

According to the announcement, Bensignor brings experience from Morgan Stanley, Dahlman Rose, and Bloomberg, LP. Within Morgan Stanley’s Principal Strategies Group he was the group’s chief market strategist. Previously, he had been the firm’s Institutional Investor-ranked technical strategy analyst and oversaw its technical research product for four years. Bensignor also served as the head of technical analysis, futures, and commodities at Bloomberg, managing product development, sales, and marketing. Before that, he was Morgan Stanley’s commodities technical strategist and head of its institutional commodity futures sales desk, which followed his 12-year trading career as a broker and independent trader on the floor of several New York futures exchanges.    

Bensignor received a BS in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany with honors.