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During the volatile economic climate that surrounded the financial collapse of 2008, gargantuan daily shifts in the valuation of the market seemed to be closely tied to global financial news data. Events that contributed to the generation of negative and positive sentiment had dramatic effects on the market and it was not uncommon for large, publicly traded companies to experience daily changes in their market capitalization by billions of dollars. These swings gave rise to high volume and high frequency event-based trading, initiated by large hedge funds, which further increased market volatility.

These daily market shifts prompted brothers Nate and Evan Crouse, both engineering students at the time, to develop computer software and financial modeling methodologies that attempted to quantify and more accurately predict these large market movements. Over time, knowledge of the project grew and it developed into an exchange of financial and computerized solutions amongst other financially-inclined engineering students at Johns Hopkins University. At the time, the Merkhet Valuation System (or MVS as it was later referred to), was more of an abstract concept than a concrete software platform, but it represented one of the first attempts to use cloud computing technology to predict market psychology through the analysis of web-based financial news data. This was the beginning of The Macro Project.

Following his time as a student, Nate Crouse began his professional career at Booz Allen Hamilton where he developed cutting-edge cloud computing technology in order to help large government entities and Fortune 500 companies make sense of vast amounts of data. Around the same time, his brother, Evan, entered the private sector, working as a chemical engineer for large biotech companies, including Lonza Group. During this timeframe, MVS began to focus its analysis toward high technology companies as well as those with high volatility resulting from high leveraging and high exposure to shifts in the demand curve. As knowledge and popularity of the software platform grew, the members of MVS were bombarded with requests for financial advice, which generated the concept of a non-profit, fully transparent open-end fund as well as access to the logic and theories that contribute to the analysis of publicly traded securities.

In the future, MVS will likely expand as an organization that promotes the free sharing of ideas, methods, and theories for financial engineers and other similarly-minded individuals.

Name and Logo

MVS stands for Merkhet Valuation System. The merkhet or “instrument of knowing” was one of the earliest known tools used for time measurement, developed by the ancient Egyptians and dating back to 600 B.C. Our name implies all-knowingness, attempting to utilize all available factors in order to make time-dependent investment decisions.

The logo is composed of four benzene rings, a chemical that is one of the simplest precursors to a number of organic and biologically intrinsic chemicals.
One of the rings is inset with an oblong spheroid, providing the illusion of an eye, indicative of the “all-knowing” characteristics of the Merkhet System. Although it is impossible to predict the future or know all current aspects of any situation absolutely, the Merkhet System attempts to achieve closer approximations to present and future values of individual securities as well as provide a better method for determining the "value" of the market as a whole.

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