What is VIXEK™

VIXEK™ is an indicator to gauge "emotional kinetics" of market movers. It is computed daily and is based on intra-day trading trends. A proprietory formula captures this trend and refines it by including some of the readily available market metrics like VI and others.

VIXEK™ ranges between -5 and +5. Its sign and magnitude indicating direction and strength of powerful "animal spirits" driving the market. It is effective in both bull and bear markets, with its power becoming truly visible when it signals a bearish trend on an "up" day or a bullish one an a "down" day.

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Atul's Investment Philosophy

I do not day-trade. And about 10 years ago I learnt the hard way that "buy and hold" is an expensive strategy.

I still trade only in companies that I personally know something about including ADRs of companies I know from around the world. No "hot stock picks" for me!

For the most part, I focus on "fundamentals". However, I have also come to learn that most of the market is made by "technicians" or "program traders".

This is where VIXEK™ comes in.

Now I can not only anticipate large moves by market makers, I can also take profitable bearish positions with a degree of confidence.


Eric's Investment Philosophy



The Team


  • Our Mission
  • Modelers' Oath
  • Atul V. Minocha
  • Eric J. Gangloff

WeatherVaneWe are a small company based in the Lake Tahoe region of Northern Nevada in the US. Founded in 2010, our mission, very simply, is:

"To Level the Playing Field for Active Individual and Small-Fund Investors"

We strive to achieve our mission every trading day by computing a simple-to-use, data-driven and time-tested indicator that delivers a high-probability early-warning indication of significant market moves likely to take place in the following 4 to 6 weeks.

This is VIXEK™.

WeatherVane for Smart Investments.

At VIXEK™, we wholeheartedly subscribe to "The Financial Modelers' Manifesto" proposed by Emanuel Derman* and Paul Wilmott**.

The Modelers' Hippocratic Oath included in this manifesto is:

I will remember that I didn't make the world, and it doesn't satisfy my equations.

Though I will use models boldly to estimate value, I will not be overly impressed by mathematics.

I will never sacrifice reality for elegance without explaining why I have done so.

Nor will I give the people who use my model false comfort about its accuracy. Instead, I will make explicit its assumptions and oversights.

I understand that my work may have enormous effects on society and the economy, many of them beyond my comprehension.

* Emanuel Derman heads the Financial Engineering program at Columbia University. He is former head of Goldman Sachs’ Quantitative Strategies Group.
** Paul Wilmott is a researcher, consultant and lecturer in quantitative finance.

AVMAtul invented the VIXEK™ indicator and is founder of this venture making its fruits available to other active investors.

He is associate professor at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe in Nevada where he teaches courses in economics, finance, investments, entrepreneurship and marketing.

He has over 25 years experience as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and advisor. Atul started his career with Toyota and was instrumental in setting up their operation in India. In addition to Toyota, he has worked for some of the leading global corporations including Cummins, Honeywell, Kodak, Smith & Nephew and Covance. Most recently he headed a pharmaceutical research services unit of Covance and was also Chief Marketing Officer at Kodak.

His current entrepreneurial interests are in financial services, healthcare, hospitality, organizational & leadership development and alternative energy sectors.

Atul has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India and an MBA from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

GangloffEric Gangloff has served as advisor since June 2010 and has been instrumental in guiding the development of the long-short fund model based on VIXEK™.

Eric is currently the Managing Director and Founder of Summit Alternative Investments LLC that runs a hedge fund investing in consumer receivables.

Prior to founding his hedge fund, Eric served a wide range of industries as a consultant. He began his consulting career with Gemini Management Consulting and later started his own consulting company serving clients in insurance, energy, financial services, telecommunications, internet, computer hardware and related industries.

He also has engineering, sales and marketing experience in small and large companies including Adelphia Cable and General Electric.

Eric has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ilinois.