Systematic Quant funds are a rapidly rising part of the hedge fund and smart beta world. Although there is a large focus on high-frequency by academics, medium-to-low frequency algo trading accounts for over $350bn AUM and is the highest growth segment of the HF world. This course covers the underlying principles behind algorithmic trading, including analyses of trend-following, carry, value, mean-reversion, and relative value strategies. We will discuss the rationale for the strategy, standard strategy designs, the pros and cons of various design choices, and the gains from diversification in portfolio strategies. Finally, since the industry is plagued by overfitting and resulting poor performance, we will discuss p-hacking (or 'financial charlatanism') and various strategies to avoid it.
What am I going to get from this course?
Algorithmic Traders - Recognize the reasons commonly-used strategies work and when they don't. Understand the statistical properties of strategies and discern the mathematically proven from the empirical. Acquire an understanding of methods to prevent overfitting.
Academics/students - Gain familiarity with the broad area of algorithmic trading strategies. Master the underlying theory and mechanics behind the most common strategies. Acquire the understanding of principals and context necessary for new academic research into the large number of open questions in the area.