Steve Cohen doubles down while many are throwing in the towel on quant strategies. Don’t be blinded by the science, apparently, Ph.D. mathematic boffins are also clueless on how to trade these markets.
For many Quant funds, it seems like a deja vu of December’s heavy losses. Quant funds select securities using complex quantitative analysis where investment decisions are primarily based on numerical methods rather than by human judgment. But the rocket science, applied to market trading, has yet to prove itself to be consistently profitable
“Steve Cohen doubles down while many are throwing in the towel on quant strategies”
Steve Cohen doubles down expanding his Point72 and hiring the best of the best
Yet many quant funds have decided to close shop nursing some heavy losses on their books.
HBK Capital Management is the latest hedge funds wagering on algorithmic trading to call it a day. The Dallas-based firm which manages a total of $8 billion, is liquidating a more than $400 million quant fund and returning capital to investors, based on a statement Friday, according to Bloomberg.
HBK Capital Management ditches quant strategies, meanwhile Steve Cohen doubles down
Here is what HBK Capital Management had to say.
“HBK’s decision was prompted by a revaluation of its equity statistical arbitrage effort, which performed exceptionally well through 2014 but less well in recent periods” according to the statement from the $10 billion firms. “Although recent performance compared favorably with many similar funds, it did not meet HBK’s return objectives”.
“Although recent performance compared favorably with many similar funds, it did not meet HBK’s return objectives”
HBK Capital Management
HBK is the latest fund to fall amid hard times, struggling to make money amid bouts of market volatility.
“2018 wasn’t much better with an eye-watering $19 billion being pulled from quant funds last year”
Steve Cohen doubles down during a period where Investors yanked $8 billion from quant funds in the first four months of this year
According to data from eVestment. What’s more, 2018 wasn’t much better with an eye-watering $19 billion being pulled from quant funds last year.
Even the so-called ultimate champion of quant investing, Cliff Asness, used the words “crappy” and “terrible” to describe his funds latest performance.
“It’s not just one factor that’s not working” said Ian Heslop, London-based head of global equities at Merian Global Investors, who manages the firm’s absolute return fund. “It’s a material cross-section of standard factor implementations that are not predicting stock returns at the moment.”
So Steve Cohen doubles down in quant investing, in what could turn out to be not much more than sleek marketing
A quote from Warran Buffet comes to mind, “Never invest in a business you can’t understand”.