Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chicago Quant Meetup Group Started

The Chicago area now has a Quant Meetup group.

This group will meet to study and understand Quantitative topics in financial engineering. Typically this group will be working through a chapter each month from a well known book in quantitative finance. However, this group is by no means an academic only group. Some of the group members will form organizations to try out the strategies studied in the real world (By actually pooling capital together and forming an investment club or joint venture). Topics that will be discussed: Volatility, Delta Neutral Hedging, Leverage, Risk Arbitrage, Statistical Arbitrage, Strangles, Straddles, Barrier Options, and other strategies.

ALL levels of quantitative financial engineer or investor wishing to understand will be welcome.

ALL members should be willing to chip in a few bucks each month to help defer the cost of a meeting place, and printing of some handouts, plus coffee.

ALL Members are expected to do some reading and preparation before each meeting.

There is NO NEED to have a Ph.D. some knowledge of Calculus is helpful, but almost all of the concepts can be picked up and understood with just an inquisitive mind. That said, Ph.D.s are more than welcome.

About the meetings, we will meet 1 or 2 times per month depending on needs. The meeting will be about 2 hours long, 50 minutes of a presentation, followed by open discussion/questions, and finally a social period over some coffee.

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