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Mandy Xu is the chief equity-derivatives strategist at Credit Suisse and a director in the global markets division in New York. She concentrates on index and ETF volatility research, with a focus on cross-asset drivers of equity volatility.

As a strategist, Xu sets volatility outlooks for the desk, publishes regular market commentaries, and provides trading ideas for clients. She also helps clients incorporate the use of derivatives in their portfolios.

Xu specializes in finding mispricings in volatility markets across asset classes. A notable example: One of the desk's largest clients called in May and requested to trade "The Mandy," a nickname given by the client to refer to the trade she'd recommended. In this strategy, she had pointed out that the downside risks in the European equity market were elevated amid a worsening geopolitical situation in Italy, while the market at the time was underpricing those risks.

Another example of her best calls this year included recommending that clients go long the energy E&P sector based on divergences in the volatility of oil versus that of energy stocks.

Xu interned at Credit Suisse during the summer of 2008 and joined the bank in 2010 as a full-time analyst. She was promoted to chief strategist at age 28. She had a stint at the boutique investment bank E.J. McKay in Shanghai as a cross-border M&A analyst.

Xu holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University. She mentors at-risk youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and is a committee lead in the CS Americas Women's Network.

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