Grainstone Lee Insights

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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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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Technology H121 Hiring review

Who is hiring, where and what are the in-demand skills ?  We have analyzed the career websites of over 70 quant focused hedge funds and trading firms to answer that question. This report covers jobs posted during H1 2021 for: Software Engineering  Infrastructure  Quant Dev  Dev Ops 

29 Jul 2021
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Quant Analysts Salary report

This report analyses the salaries of Quantitative analysts/researchers in the quant trading industry from 2019 to date from a universe of the top 70 quant hedge funds and proprietary trading firms. 

16 Jun 2021
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Software Engineer Salary report 2021

This report analyses the basic salaries (not including bonus) of software engineers in the quant trading industry from 2019 to date from a universe of the top 70 quant hedge funds and proprietary trading firms. 

13 May 2021
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How to prepare a strategy pitch deck

Preparing a pitch deck is a process that most aspiring and accomplished portfolio managers will have to go through at some point in their career. Having seen the good and bad we thought it would be useful to prepare a checklist of what you should include.

17 Mar 2021
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When team moves go wrong…

I am joined today by Jonathan Maude, Employment Law Partner at Vedder Price to discuss a very contentious recruitment practice, namely, team moves. This is a follow-on conversation from our previous discussion regarding non-competes to understand what are the legal implications and risks associated with team moves.

02 Dec 2020
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Internal Stakeholder Management Strategy

The real challenge within a business is often internal stakeholder management. If you fail to identify your stakeholders and meet their needs, your project is doomed to fail.

19 Nov 2020
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Renaissance Technologies – who do they hire in research and tech?

With annualised returns of roughly 40% spanning three decades and a lifetime non-disclosure agreement for employees, it’s safe to say Renaissance Technologies is a bit of an enigma. Despite a bit of a slip in their long-term equity fund this year, the (short term) Medallion fund is still reportedly up 25% YTD. If I knew how they produce those returns I wouldn’t be stuck in a very hot and humid office on outskirts of London, however, we have been able to analyse who does i.e. RentTec employees. 

13 Aug 2020
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Hiring landscape across quant investment May – July 2020

We analysed the career sites of 52 of the most prominent hedge funds and proprietary trading firms that employ

23 Jul 2020
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What to expect from a Headhunter phone interview

To help you get the most out of your call with your Headhunter, we’ve put together a short guide.

13 May 2020
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8 Tips for Writing Effective Job Adverts

When hiring in such a competitive market like quant strategists and developers, you must find a way to stand out.

01 Apr 2020
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