John Netto

John Netto

Formal First Name
Nick Name
The Protean Trader
1974 - present

John Netto is a cross-asset class trader recognized for developing, executing, and managing proprietary algorithmic and discretionary trading strategies across a range of time horizons, asset classes, and market regimes. Known as The Protean Trader, Netto is considered an expert by many in the industry in analyzing central banks and monetary policy’s impact on the economy and markets. He has carried out multiple live trading webinars where viewers watch his P&L, positions, and orders in real-time for total transparency of his methods. He is also the author of The Global Macro Edge and the creator of the Netto Number, the Risk Factor Compensation System, and the Protean Strategy. Netto is currently a student at The School of Law at Pepperdine University.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Netto is the Creator of the Netto Number, a ratio that measures performance on a return per unit-of-risk basis.

  • He is the Creator of the Risk Factor Compensation System, an incentive structure that allows investors to pay managers for their return per unit-of-risk while lowering the risk of paying them for natural market performance.

  • He is the Creator and Emcee of The Global Macro Edge Series, live and interactive educational workshops bringing together great speakers to help investors understand key global Macro issues.

  • He is the Creator of the Protean Strategy, for which he was named by as Strategy Developer of the Month.