Sang Lucci Partners Capital has veered off the beaten path by temporarily booting its best traders off Wall Street. A group of the firm’s most talented traders was sent to Los Angeles in May to have their brain waves tracked by scientists as they participated in simulated day of buying and selling.
Twenty six traders took part in the company’s most recent experiment, which was sponsored in-part by TruBrain, a company that formulates nutritional supplements to improve brain function. While the results of the testing are not yet conclusive, TruBrain creators say that supplement’s active ingredients are proven to increase brain performance without the need for harsh stimulants.
The hope is that following the brain patterns of traders under normal working conditions will allow researchers to track when they are at their peak performance and if a dietary change will increase positive results. Test administrators are optimistic; others believe that the brain may benefit even better from having a small “break” before working. Lenox Hospital’s Dr. Robert Graham, who has no affiliation with San Lucci or TruBrain, says the test can show changes in the brain but not necessarily if it’s working smarter or not. He explains that slowing things down is as effective as speeding things up and believes calming down the senses before stress heightens the brains function without the risks associated with caffeine or other chemicals.
Although Sang Lucci is a small hedge fund by comparison, founder Anand Sanghvi has made headlines more than once for his unconventional wisdom and willingness to buck tradition. Sangvhi and Sang Lucci trainer Haim Bodek, a cognitive sciences major, operate the firm as though through a glass office. Sang Lucci Tweets their Profit and Loss daily and reports all activities to a University of Notre Dame professor, who is researching issues within the stock market structure.