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Next Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017

September 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| $30

Next Boston QWAFAFEW Meeting: 

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017


Time: 6:15 PM sharpe

3rd Floor of the Tennis & Racquet Club, 939 Boylston Street

RSVP to hugh@QWAFAFEW.org

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Designing Quantitative Strategies & Complete, Error-Free Attribution


QWAFAFEW discussion led by:


Leigh Sneddon, PhD, CFA




Designing quantitative strategies


We present a method of designing quantitative strategies. It forecasts strategy performance; quantifies the impact of strategy design choices; provides quantified what-if scenarios for informed risk-return tradeoffs; and promotes higher information ratios. It includes formulae that are model-based, compact, and quickly evaluated. Several examples demonstrate their use, including: incorporating ESG tilts and Smart Beta investing into active stock-selection; using custom risk controls; exploiting IC differences across sectors, and discovering the impact of correlations on performance. The findings on correlations disrupt our understanding of breadth. Monte Carlo simulations verify the conclusions.


Complete, error-free attribution


We describe a risk and return attribution system for active quantitative strategies. It attributes performance to the strategy’s signals and portfolio construction. It attributes all performance and has no errors, plug, or re-distribution. The advance provides the first accurate answers to questions concerning signal performance and trends, risk budgeting, new signals, events, constraints and factor tilts. This in turn promotes better future returns and raises the level of conversation between asset managers, clients and prospects.







Leigh’s asset management roles include Managing Director, Head of Global Portfolio Analytics, BlackRock; Managing Director, Head of Proprietary Analytics, Barclays Global Investors; Director of Research, Westpeak Global Advisors; Deputy Director of Research, State Street Global Advisors; and Senior Portfolio Manager, State Street Global Advisors. Prior to entering the asset management industry, he provided innovative solutions at US intelligence and defense agencies, Bell Laboratories, Princeton University, and Oxford University.


Recognizing that thousands of investment professionals dedicate their careers to risk, he has formed Mayfield Investment Solutions, Inc. to focus on innovative analytics enhancing risk-adjusted return. Leigh’s education includes a PhD in Theoretical Physics at Oxford University, an MA in Mathematics at the University of New South Wales, and a BSc (First Class Honors) at Sydney University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


“Leigh has consistently developed innovative approaches to challenges in investment management. He applies theory and insights to deliver practical solutions of use to active managers” – Ron Kahn, Global Head, BlackRock Scientific Equity Research



Extra Bonus 


QWAFAFEW members and their guests are also invited to attend a breakfast at Northfield’s offices on Thursday, September 21st 2017 at 8.00am for an Introduction and Demonstration of the new COMPLETE ATTRIBUTION SYSTEM (CAtt).


The breakfast will be hosted by Northfield president Dan diBartolomeo, joined by Leigh Sneddon, the creator of COMPLETE ATTRIBUTION.


VENUE: Northfield headquarters, located on the water in Boston’s North End. Parking available:                      

2 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110


To RSVP, or for any questions about the breakfast or COMPLETE ATTRIBUTION, please contact Richard Pearce at Northfield: richard@northinfo.com  617 208 2052 

Or register on the Northfield website: http://www.northinfo.com/events.php


Please RSVP hugh@QWAFAFEW.org


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All annual dues ($150) should be paid to Boston QWAFAFEW by credit card, Bitcoin or check.

By credit card (PayPal)



By Bitcoin

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By check:

Executive Management Associates

12 Academy Avenue

Atkinson, NH  03811




Please RSVP for all meetings you plan to attend: hugh@QWAFAFEW.org

Guests who do not RSVP may have to wait to enter the meeting, due to space constraints (capacity=100, BFD).


Guest fees ($30) can be paid through EMA (check or PayPal, bring receipt) or bitcoin (at address above).  The $30 guest fee can be paid by bitcoin, cash or check at the door, no credit cards at the meeting. Please bring exact change (eg: two twenties = $40 Guest Fee).


As always, if you have names or discussion topics, please forward them to any member of the Steerage Committee


Questions, comments:



Steerage Committee

Hugh Crowther

Dan diBartolomeo

Mike Dunn

Steve Gaudette

Sri Krishnamurthy

Mark Kritzman

John Minahan

Donna Cool Murphy (Dinners)

Larry Pohlman

Dan Potter

Dan Rie

Evan Schulman

Michael Wilcox


The members of the Steerage Committee are responsible for coordinating the program content.

Program suggestions from members are always welcome.


RSVP to: hugh@QWAFAFEW.org


September 19, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




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3rd Floor of the Tennis & Racquet Club, 939 Boylston Street
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