CTAs consider the future at Battle of the Quants

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Quantitative finance is having something of a moment. Investors are moving back into quantitative strategies as they look for ways to find yield in a low growth market environment. Some are also attracted by the prospects of machine learning, big data and how those technologies could lead to new trading ideas. Yesterday, quantitative finance insiders gathered at the Battle of the Quants in New York to consider what these new developments mean for the industry. Pick whichever technical term you want – machine learning, neural networks, deep learning, all of these ideas have been around since the 1980s or earlier. But only recently, have technologists developed the kind of computing power necessary to make machine learning economical. Now that high-performance computing has gone mainstream, algorithms…

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