DeGraaf’s New Research Firm Gets a Pulse


New York, NY – Less than two months ago, Jeff DeGraaf, Institutional Investor’s top ranked technical analyst for the past six years, left ISI to open his own hedge fund and to set up his own independent research firm.  Last week, DeGraaf’s new research firm, Renaissance Macro Research, has joined Boston-based agency broker, Pulse Trading’s growing platform of independent research firms. 

The resulting commercial arrangement will enable buy-side clients to obtain New York based Renaissance Macro’s combination of top down macro research and technical analysis, with the ability to pay for these services by trading through Pulse Trading’s agency trading desk, or their BlockCross ATS.  

Prior to his work at ISI, Jeff DeGraaf had built his reputation as a top ranked technical analyst at both Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co.  Joining DeGraaf at Renaissance Macro is a team of at least seven sales and research professionals – six of whom worked with Jeff when he was at ISI.

This new development reflects the continuation of two trends that have been evident in the financial markets over the past few years.  The first trend is top ranked sell-side analysts setting up their own independent research firms.  Over the past few years, numerous sell-side analysts have successfully set up their own research operations, including Dana Telsey, Ed Wolfe, Ivy Zelman, Bill Pecoriello, Stuart Graham, Jeffrey Sprague, and now Jeff DeGraaf.

The second trend is agency brokers either partnering with, or acquiring, independent research providers in an effort to provide their buy-side clients with additional value in order to increase the average commission rate clients would be willing to pay them.  Numerous firms have done this in recent months, including ITG, Instinet, Capis, among others.

Refer below to read the full text of the Press Release announcing the arrangement between Pulse Trading and Renaissance Macro Research.


Renaissance Macro Research joins Pulse Trading’s Research Platform


Boston and New York – March 30, 2011 – Pulse Trading, a national Institutional agency brokerage firm headquartered in Boston, announced today that it has added Renaissance Macro Research, a leading Macro/Technical based research firm, to its Pulse Research Platform. Pulse’s Research Platform is a unique alliance of securities research firms that provide buyside investors with a range of independent equity research.

Renaissance Macro Research is exclusively dedicated to providing unique, insightful and unbiased top-down analysis from thought leaders in their sector. Led by Jeff deGraaf, the top-ranked Technical Analyst in Institutional Investor’s annual survey, RenMac has a suite of differentiated and actionable products and services.

“We wanted to provide clients with an easy, high quality option to trade, and Pulse Trading was a natural fit,” said deGraaf, Chairman of Renaissance Macro Research, LLC. “ The Pulse research platform is a fully integrated service that allows us to publish to our high standards, while giving clients the benefit of an experienced agency desk and the BlockCross ATS.”

“We are honored that Jeff and his team have selected the Pulse Research Platform,” commented Jeff Forbes, Director of Pulse Research Partners.  “We view this as a great partnership for Pulse Trading & RenMac.  Pulse Clients will now have access to the industry’s top ranked technical analyst and RenMac’s clients will be able to utilize the full suite of Pulse’s products.”

About Renaissance Macro Research:

Renaissance Macro Research was founded to provide the highest quality macro based research on Wall Street. Jeff Degraaf and the founders of RenMac are committed to helping clients view the world through a different lens not readily available from traditional investment houses and boutiques. For more information please visit:, or call us at 212-537-8811

About Pulse Trading:

Pulse Trading, Inc. is a national brokerage firm offering a broad range of services to meet the high demands of institutional investors seeking the best trade executions, investment technology and customer support in today’s fast-changing securities markets.

For more information please visit:, or call us at 617-316-5620.


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Jan Hunter, 617-371-1122


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