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Leslie Kramer, Contributing Writer
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ICM Asset Management Adjusts to Technological Innovations and Government Regulations

Head trader Tim Olsen is confident ICM Asset Management will overcome and adapt to market changes brought on by regulations and he would like to see a product that brings more liquidity to the marketplace.

ICM Asset Management
Tim Olsen
Head Trader

ICM Asset Management
601 W. Main Ave.
Suite 600
Spokane, WA 99201

Assets under management:

$1.4 billion.

Fund(s) for which you trade:

We are a separate accounts manager.

Types of products traded:

Small-cap value, small- to mid-cap value, mid-cap value, and large-cap core and value. We also trade actively managed municipal and corporate bonds.

Daily volume in equities:


Structure of trading department:

We have three traders on the desk, including myself and then one other senior trader and a junior trader.

Previous Positions:

I came to ICM from Jefferies & Company, where I was an account executive. I spent approximately 10 years at Jefferies.

Vision for the Future

New technological innovations will continue to compete for our order flow, and new government regulations will attempt to create a level playing field for all. Buy-side traders will continue to see a delicate balance between too much and too little regulation. We will continue to see old trends and rules in the industry - such as soft dollars (28e) - challenged, improved and clarified. The buy-side trader has to be able to react to these all very quickly and understand how the sell-side partners are adapting to them or how they are exploiting them.

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