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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

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

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

China Focus

In this edition of China Focus we analyse the different options for overseas firms to set up in China and more specifically the China's Private Fund Market and it's participants. 

28 Jul 2021

Who is Hudson River Trading?

In this report we seek to shine a light on a secretive, highly regarded HFT firm.. Hudson River Trading.

13 May 2021

Our top 5 short squeezes

Unless you've been living in a cave (and with all the CV19 restrictions in place it does sometimes feel like that) you couldn’t avoid the short squeeze on Gamestop last week. Short squeeze shot up the Google search rankings as retail investors jumped in. We thought it would be interesting to look back in time at some of the other short squeezes and the reasons behind them.

03 Feb 2021

10 bank prop desks – where are they now?

This article looks at some of the prominent funds in the quantitative investment world and examines their prop desk history. 

03 Sep 2020

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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