Grainstone Lee Insights

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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Top 50 HFT firms and their history

Who were the pioneers of HFT? What companies created the 'next generation'? And what does the outlook for these companies look like?

25 Jun 2020
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中国焦点第一期

中国焦点第一期

19 May 2020
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Who are the Quant Funds Building in China?

In this edition of China Focus we look at the progress western funds including Two Sigma, DE Shaw and Winton have made breaking into China’s domestic asset

13 May 2020
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