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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The secretive HFT firm based in Prague

and the Jeopardy Question is....Who is RSJ   RSJ has been a silent but omnipresent force within the futures markets, particularly STIR futures, for nearly twenty years. Founded by Karel Janecek in 1994 they placed their first trade on LIFFE (now ICE Futures) back in 2002 with their first fully algorithmic trade taking place two years later in 2004. 

30 Sep 2021

Top 100 University Alumni in Hedge Funds

We analysed, the academic backgrounds of employees at 90 hedge funds and prop trading firms (see appendix). The analysis is based on public data and covers 82% of the population. We should also caveat that we assigned only one University Alumni per head based on final qualifying institute.      The top 10, by number of alumni, contains 8 American Universities (unsurprising considering that’s where 56% of our target population is based) however the UK also features, with Cambridge and Imperial making it onto the list.  

01 Sep 2021

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