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Who is Qube Research & Technologies ?

- A quant fund with a predominantly French leadership team that hires a lot from banks and is doing incredibly well. We could of course be talking about Squarepoint but in this article we will be analysing Qube Research and Technologies ("Qube" for rest of this article because we are not trying to hit 5,000 words so strap in because this is not the first abbreviation); the prop group spin out from Credit Suisse that doubled profits last year.

10 Nov 2022
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The Quant Recruitment Report 2022

This is the semi-annual Grainstone Lee report analysing the recruitment patterns of firms that employ quantitative investment strategies. The report contains an in-depth analysis of the hiring and competitive landscape within key geographical regions. The semi-annual report contains thousands of sourced data points across the largest financial job functions from Quantitative Investment & Trading to Business Development and Compliance.

14 Sep 2022
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Building an offshore cyber security team from scratch

As some of you may have noticed, it’s getting a bit tricky to hire software engineers. Understatement of the year out of the way, it’s true, demand for technical talent globally is fierce. With that in mind, we thought it would be useful to talk to Rowena Everson.

30 Jun 2022
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Top 100 Hedge Funds - leverage and $ AUM per Investment professional

This report analyses the $ AUM employed per investment professional for the top 100 hedge funds by AUM. We also analyse the amount of leverage applied to AUM by strategy and firm. 

26 May 2022
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The Quant Investment Salary Report 2021

This report analyses the basic salaries, not including bonus and sign-on, across the front and back office, excluding technology (a separate report on tech salaries can be found here) for the quant trading industry in 2020 and 2021 from a universe of 90+ quant hedge funds and proprietary trading firms.

21 Apr 2022
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The Technology Salary Report 2021

This report analyses the basic salaries (not including bonus) across software engineering, infrastructure and dev ops for the quant trading industry in 2020 and 2021 from a universe of 90 quant hedge funds and proprietary trading firms. 

23 Mar 2022
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The Quant Trading Talent Report 2021

This report analyses the flow of talent into and out of the quant trading industry during 2021. We used a sample universe of the top 93 hedge funds and prop trading firms that employ quantitative trading strategies (list at bottom).

24 Feb 2022
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UK Visa Requirements

If you are looking to move to the UK to study or to work, this article is for you. We have provided a summary of the different types of visas, requirements, costs, and anything else you need to know in the most comprehensible way!   Take a look at the table below, for an overview.

26 Jan 2022
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US Visa Requirements

In this article, we provide an 'easy-to-follow-guide' (not legal advice) on our understanding of the visa requirements to work and remain in the US. 

25 Jan 2022
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Website Ghosts of Christmas Past

For our Christmas special this year, we thought it would be fun to have a look at early websites from the quant universe. It was a simpler time, when flash players flashed and "sites we like on the internet" gave a personal blog like feel to the web visitor. Just the kind of warm, fuzzy, nostalgia you should expect from a Christmas special.    So, in no particular order please find below our top Top 5 along with a complete directory of over 90 quant hedge funds and prop trading firms initial attempts at a website (with links courtesy of The WayBack Machine).  

21 Dec 2021
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Global Quant Investment Hiring Report | Q3 2021

This is the quarterly Grainstone Lee report analysing firms that employ quantitative investment strategies. The report contains an in-depth analysis of the hiring and competitive landscape within key geographical regions.   The quarterly report contains thousands of sourced data points across the largest financial job functions from Quantitative Investment & Trading to Business Development and Compliance.  

18 Nov 2021
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Who is FINAL ?

Born in 2001, out of a small garage in Herzliya Israel with, reportedly, just $6m in capital, Final has tried hard to stay out of the limelight. In this article we pieced together the few bits of public information and have tried to summarise their growth.

18 Nov 2021
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