Founded by Victor Sperandeo (Trader Vic) in 2000, EAM Partners L.P. is a market leader in the development of innovative financial indexes.

EAM’s indexes have been utilized by the financial and institutional community globally in a broad array of products including annuities, swaps, options, and notes. High-water assets linked to EAM’s indexes exceeded $3.4 billion.

In addition, subsidiaries of EAM have served as commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors to nine hedge funds and numerous managed accounts. High-water assets linked to these products exceeded $650 million.

EAM is comprised of professionals specializing in the financial industry.



President & CEO

Mr. Sperandeo is a professional trader and money manager, with over 46 years’ experience on Wall Street, trading numerous markets, both independently and for others, including George Soros and Leon Cooperman.

Mr. Sperandeo began his career in 1966 and soon became an options trader.  In 1971, he founded his own company, Ragnar Options Corp, which would become the largest OTC securities option dealer in the world by 1972.  Having gained a reputation as an astute trader of both the long and short side of the market, Trader Vic was hired as an independent trader by renowned investor George Soros, managing a short portfolio for the Quantum Fund during the declining market of December 1981 to July 1982.

He has been published in Barron’s numerous times, including the features — “Man of all Markets”, on May 2, 1983, and “Trader Vic the Ultimate Wall Street Pro”, on September 21, 1987 — and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Stocks & Commodities.

Career Highlights

  • Author of three books detailing his philosophy: Trader Vic — Methods of a Wall Street Master, Trader Vic II — Principles of Professional Speculation, and Trader Vic on Commodities: What’s Unknown, Misunderstood, and Too Good To Be True.
  • Featured in the books Super Traders, and New Market Wizards.
  • Author of articles and editorials for dozens of publications such as Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor and many other professional magazines.
  • 2008 Inductee into the Trader Hall of Fame by Trader magazine and included on Ziad Abdelnour’s list of top 100 Wall Streeters.


COO, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Schmidt has 18+ years of senior-level executive experience in the financial industry, with a demonstrated history of facilitating growth, maximizing profitability, and mitigating regulatory and broader operational risks for financial index providers, commodity pool operators, and commodity trading advisors.

Mr. Schmidt holds degrees from Villanova University (B.A.) and Hofstra University School of Law (J.D.), and is admitted to practice before the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York as well as the United States Tax Court.