Noel Smith

Noel Smith

Formal First Name

Noel Smith is Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Convex Asset Management. He has over 25 years of experience in volatility trading, market making, and risk management. Smith is a recognized expert in volatility arbitrage, macro, equities, fixed income, index, and commodities. He is also well-versed in high-frequency trading, relevant market structure, and the underlying technology. His venture capital investments have resulted in successful exits in excess of $300 million.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Smith was the seed investor who financed the launch of GETCO, a global high-frequency trading firm that grew to account for 20%+ of trading volume in the United States.


  • Smith is a member of the Board of Directors for Imerman Angels, an international cancer charity that has helped over 35,000 people in over 135 countries. 
  • He is the Head of Options Trading at Tanius Technology, a proprietary trading company that specializes in applying machine learning to large-scale algorithmic trading.



  • Smith was a member of the University of Illinois men’s ice hockey team.
  • He studied Neuroscience at Beckman Institute and was a volunteer at Carle and Condell hospitals, working in the emergency room and surgical ward.
  • He is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where he was a specialist in microwave and satellite communication systems.
  • He is an auto enthusiast and raced competitively in the SCCA Formula Mazda series.
  • He has been an avid guitar player since 1983.