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Tayfun Icten

Tayfun Icten is a senior analyst, manager research, for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers alternative strategies.

Before joining Morningstar in 2016, Icten was a managing member of Alpha Performance Partners, an alternative investment specialist firm. From 2004 to 2009, he served as director/portfolio manager for XE Capital Management LLC, a fixed-income, multi-strategy hedge fund where he managed $150 million multi-strategy portfolio. Before joining XE in 2004, Icten was a vice president/portfolio constructor for Zurich Capital Markets (ZCM) Asset Management Group. At ZCM, he also performed due diligence on the firm’s overall hedge fund exposure, including structured product deals.

Earlier in his career, Icten was a derivatives trader for Millburn Corporation; a research analyst for the CISDM (the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets, a university sponsored-alternative investment research center) where CAIA Association originated; and an assistant bond trader for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Istanbul.

Icten holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, cum laude, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also attended the Bosphorus University Physics Department (the top Physics program in Turkey) before he transitioned to finance.