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tagoma
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QuoteAssociate Professor or Published Researcher (with a background in Physics / Applied Maths / Machine Learning for a leading university) opportunity to join an academic hedge-fund that specialises in systematic trading.my dumb question: what's an academic HF?

croot
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can't be as good as ltcm

Hansi
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A HF with people that are good at math and programming but lack of knowledge of how markets and trading work?Maybe www.brainbrane.com? http://www.wilmott.com/messageview.cfm? ... TARTPAGE=1
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ppauper
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QuoteOriginally posted by: crootcan't be as good as ltcmthat's the one I thought of as well

EscapeArtist999
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QuoteOriginally posted by: ppauperQuoteOriginally posted by: crootcan't be as good as ltcmthat's the one I thought of as wellltcm was not a systematic trading fund - Rentec or Shaw are the obvious ones that come to mind - they are run by academics. LTCM was never run by the academics and while being a lot more "educated" than you're typical hedge fund I would not have described the place as academic.

ppauper
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indeed (and the OP asked what's a academic HF, not what's an academic HF that specialises in systematic trading), but seeWhen Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein published by Random House in 2000. (ISBN 0-375-50317-X)QuoteThe book tells the story of Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), an American hedge fund which commanded more than $100 billion in assets at its height. Among LTCM's principals were several former university professors, including two Nobel Prize-winning economists. mit Posts: 1169 Joined: February 5th, 2005, 4:52 pm ### academic HF? a hedge fund that does academic research tagoma Topic Author Posts: 18362 Joined: February 21st, 2010, 12:58 pm ### academic HF? QuoteOriginally posted by: mita hedge fund that does academic researchthank you all for your imputs. why would a hedge fund carry out academic research? has this industry the willingness/time(/money) to do basic research (the R of R&D)? EscapeArtist999 Posts: 1620 Joined: May 20th, 2009, 2:49 pm ### academic HF? QuoteOriginally posted by: ppauperindeed (and the OP asked what's a academic HF, not what's an academic HF that specialises in systematic trading), but seeWhen Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein published by Random House in 2000. (ISBN 0-375-50317-X)QuoteThe book tells the story of Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), an American hedge fund which commanded more than$100 billion in assets at its height. Among LTCM's principals were several former university professors, including two Nobel Prize-winning economists.First of all, the Scholes etc were not really the guys in charge making the big trading decisions. Second of all - look at what the OP references: join an academic hedge-fund that specialises in systematic trading. - he's not asking about arbtrage style funds - he has notr explicitly asked about systematic, but to answer the question he is implying then yes it is systematic. ppauper - you really disappoint me with is - I wuold delete your response if I were you.

ppauper
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read the last line of his post !QuoteOriginally posted by: edouardmy dumb question: what's an academic HF?

ppauper
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EscapeArtist999
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QuoteOriginally posted by: ppauperwe've been answering different parts of his post:croot, Hansi, mitt and I answered his "dumb question"EA addressed the job ad he quotedLTCM was not an academic hedge fund other than it had many economics profs (past and present then) working for them. It was run by John Meriwether - who was not and never will be an academic (I may eat my words on this one)Given the context he brings up, discussing LTCM is USELESS to him/her, whereas as Shaw/Rentec is somewhat more relevant. And I would argue that the environment at Shar and Rentec is FAR more academic.
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daveangel
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Quote It was run by John Meriwether - who was not and never will be an academic (I may eat my words on this one) Meriwether taught high school maths for a year
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ppauper
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ppauper
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let's agree to disagree !