Our Team

We have nearly a century of compelling investment experience, including researching and developing risk-mitigating equity market strategies and managing money for multi-billion dollar firms.
Some of the brand name firms we’ve worked with include:

Trout Trading, Willowbridge Assoc. Chesapeake Capital, and the Virginia Retirement System
Eric Dugan

Eric Dugan

Founder & Chief Investment Officer

Eric is a highly trained investment professional who specializes in providing stock market investors the defense they so desperately seek. His trading skills were developed under the tutelage of legendary hedge fund manager Monroe Trout. At Trout Trading, Eric learned from one of the industry’s great masters how to use financial instruments to reduce risk and enhance returns.

Eric spent the first fifteen years of his three-decade career at billion-dollar funds Trout Trading and Willowbridge Associates, and he left to set up his own shop just in time for the global financial meltdown.

In 2008, he traded a long-only S&P 500 strategy in his own account with a positive 3.34% annual return vs. the S&P’s decline of -38.50%. His long-only S&P 500 strategy was profitable in a horrific year because it avoided many of the declines the market experienced in 2008.

This success raised a question: what if, instead of exiting his long positions to avoid market downturns, he had gotten short to profit from them?

The "short" analysis of his long-only trading indicated that Eric had a gift for the short side. From this discovery, 3D Defender was born. Shorting the stock market is typically viewed as the most difficult thing any active equity manager can do, and Eric’s skill in this area is unsurpassed.

Tom O'Donnell

Thomas O’Donnell III

Principal & Managing Director

Tom entered the institutional investment arena in 1987 through his work at the Virginia Retirement System. His most senior responsibility was managing the stock market risk in a $10 billion global equity portfolio and a $500 million managed futures program.

As an institutional investor helping to ensure the financial well-being of tens of thousands of beneficiaries, he was keenly aware of two things: One, the stock market goes up and down, and two, fiduciaries cannot pay their beneficiaries with negative returns, so minimizing the risk of large losses is key.

This awareness fueled Tom’s efforts in finding reliable means to manage equity market risk. As a result, he and his colleagues at the Virginia Retirement System pioneered the use of alternative investment strategies to mitigate intolerable portfolio risks. Since then, Tom’s has spent over three decades devoted to educating and serving institutional investors who wish to use alternative investment strategies to reduce risk and enhance returns.

He is an invaluable source of knowledge and guidance for investors who are considering 3D’s programs to manage their own equity market risk.

Philip Babine

Philip Babine

Portfolio Manager, Trader

Philip Babine has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. In this role, he is part of the firm’s trading team involved with the trade execution and clearing of 3D Capital’s investment programs. Phil has written and developed trading systems for global markets and is part of the firm’s systems research and development effort.

Prior to joining 3D Capital, Phil was a Senior Trader at Willowbridge Associates and Union Spring Asset Management. A multi strategy global Hedge Fund located in Princeton N.J. He was instrumental in building the firm’s systematic 24-hour global trading desk, overseeing the Asian futures and currency markets, and researching and developing trading strategies across the global markets. Phil earned a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island.

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If you manage risk in your clients' portfolios and have nothing that specifically seeks to profit from stock market declines, we'd love to speak with you. Please get in touch with us.

The stock market will move up and down forever; being prepared for both outcomes is necessary.