Peter was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland and joined international commodity trader Volkart Brothers Ltd in 1978. After a couple of years at the head office, Peter was sent to several postings overseas to learn the various facets of the physical commodity trade. Between 1981 and 1988 he has worked in different capacities in the U.K., Mexico, Colombia, Japan and Pakistan, before moving permanently to the United States in 1989. As CEO of Volcot America Inc Peter was responsible for the firm’s cotton trading operation in the US, Australia and South America. During this time he was also a director of several industry bodies, such as the National Cotton Council, the International Cotton Association and the American Cotton Shippers Association.
Having developed a keen interest and passion for Futures and Options trading ove the years, in 2002 Peter decided to branch out into the risk management side of the business and he is currently advising Plexus Cotton Ltd., a U.K. based trading company, as their Director of Risk Management. Peter has traveled to over 50 countries during his career and is known for his common sense approach to the market, using a combination of fundamental and technical analysis in his decision making. For the last fifteen years he has been publishing his views on the cotton market and the economy in a weekly market letter, which has gained a loyal following.
Peter also teaches the annual course on Futures and Options at the International Trade Seminar in Liverpool and the International Cotton Institute in Memphis. Peter has been residing in Phoenix, Arizona since 1993 and enjoys traveling, scientific reading and outdoor activities.