David Berns

David Berns

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David Berns is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Simplify Asset Management, where he leads the development of novel investment strategies that help advisors produce better outcomes for their clients. He is also the Founder and Inventor of Portfolio Designer, a cloud-based asset allocation platform specializing in cutting-edge behavioral and statistical techniques. Berns is known for developing quantitative solutions for the advisory community, with a strong focus on asset allocation and risk management across liquid and illiquid asset classes.

Professional Experience

Academic History


Athena Capital Advisors

DMB Trading

  • Traded private capital on day and swing horizons using a purely technical investment process across all US-based futures.
  • Developed three systematic technical strategies based on simple behavioral tendencies of traders, applicable from hourly to weekly bars.