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Past Events

Two Hot Spots on Chicago's Fin Tech Scene

Two Hot Spots on Chicago's Fin Tech Scene

Chicago, IL
The next Chicago QWAFAFEW meeting will feature the founders of two Chicago financial technology startups, Dave Jaberg of GX2 Systems and Euan Sinclair of FactorWave. FactorWave brings sophisticated factor trading in equities and options to the broader investing public with an innovative and excep...
Tuesday, June 14 2016 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

The Illinois Public Pension Crisis: A Quantitative Perspective

The Illinois Public Pension Crisis: A Quantitative Perspective

Chicago, IL
Last year the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously declared unconstitutional the pension reform law passed in 2013 by the Democratic dominated legislature and signed by former Governor Quinn. Many believe that undue generosity at the bargaining table and severe underfunding in past years have creat...
Thursday, March 3 2016 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

RateWatch: Higher, Lower For Longer, Just Right?

RateWatch: Higher, Lower For Longer, Just Right?

Chgo, IL
The federal funds rate has become a collective obsession amongst a host of market participants. After a decades-long bull market in bonds, driven by a concomitant secular decline in interest rates, investors may soon face a new challenge: navigating a rising interest rate environment. The Novembe...
Monday, November 16 2015 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Liquid Alternatives

Liquid Alternatives

Chicago, IL
In recent years there has been increasing interest in liquid alternatives investing as investors strive to enhance return and diversify risk while maintaining liquidity. The October QWAFAFEW meeting brings together experts and leaders to discuss unique perspectives and approaches in evaluating th...
Thursday, October 15 2015 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Expanding Modeling Frontiers: Sentiment and Nonlinear Techniques

Expanding Modeling Frontiers: Sentiment and Nonlinear Techniques

Chicago, IL
The next Chicago QWAFAFEW meeting explores two new approaches to understanding markets. Sentiment analysis looks for actionable information in online news and social media. Nonlinear techniques can often provide useful information when standard methods fail. Speakers from two new Chicago companie...
Thursday, June 4 2015 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Options Skew Indexes and Equity Factor Nonlinearity

Options Skew Indexes and Equity Factor Nonlinearity

Chicago, IL
The next Chicago QWAFAFEW event explore potential innovations in the construction of options skew indexes and in the modeling of asset prices.  Greg Forsythe, President of Revelation Investment Research, titles his presentation "If Some is Good, Is More Always Better, and What if it Isn't?" Greg...
Thursday, April 30 2015 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Intelligent Approaches to Smart Beta

Intelligent Approaches to Smart Beta

Chicago, IL
“Smart beta” refers to a broad range of indexes and ETFs that venture beyond the traditional cap-weighted design framework. The March QWAFAFEW meeting brings together experts and thought leaders to discuss unique perspectives and approaches in evaluating the benefits and risk considerations when ...
Thursday, March 12 2015 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Anticipating and Managing Tail Risk

Anticipating and Managing Tail Risk

Chicago, IL
The November QWAFAFEW meeting brings together experts and leaders in risk management to discuss unique perspectives and approaches in the industry dealing with tail risk.  Still vivid in our memory is the Credit Crisis of 2008 when most portfolios suffered extreme losses, and correlation among ri...
Thursday, November 13 2014 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Quantitative Views on ESG and Social Investing

Quantitative Views on ESG and Social Investing

Chicago, IL
Thursday, June 12 at the IIT Stuart School, Room 580The June Chicago QWAFAFEW meeting will examine the spheres of ESG and social investing. ESG, or socially responsible investing, utilizes standardized information regarding corporate social and employment, environmental and governmental practices...
Thursday, June 12 2014 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Volatility Products in Chicago: The First Decade

Volatility Products in Chicago: The First Decade

Chicago, IL
The March Chicago QWAFAFEW meeting will survey the development and promise of volatility products on the tenth anniversary of their launch. The panelists will include volatility product creators, traders and users. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 26, from 5:00  to 7:00 p.m. at CBOE, ...
Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:00 PM 7:00 PM
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