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Quantitative analysts or “quants” use a variety of data to build algorithms and computer models following mathematical and statistical approaches. Thanks to advances in computing technology, quant investing has flourished over the past two decades. Automated trading strategies dominate financial markets today and smart beta factor investing has taken off commercially. Meanwhile, newer approaches using big data are gaining acceptance as more data becomes available digitally.

Although these are explicitly quant approaches, quantitative techniques in varying degrees are used by almost all investment firms. This is trend will only accelerate in the future. Truly, we are all quants now.

Against this backdrop, this webinar looks at the dynamics of quantitative investing and helps us explore career opportunities in this attractive discipline.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an overview of the quantitative investing landscape
  • Learn about career opportunities for CFA® charterholders and candidates
  • Review roles, responsibilities, and career paths
  • Discuss hiring practices and competencies required

This is the archived version of a live webinar that took place on 10 December 2020

About the Speaker(s)

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Abhishek Dhall CFA

Abhishek Dhall, CFA, is vice president and quantitative research analyst at the Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM), India. In this role, he is responsible for research, development, and support of quantitative and socially responsible equity investment strategies for the firm’s institutional and high-net-worth clients.

Dhall leads the Equity Research and Portfolio Management Group at NTAM, India, where he oversees the firm’s research initiatives across quantitative research, portfolio management, equity research, and retirement solutions.

He is a member of the senior management forum at Northern Trust, India, and he has collectively led initiatives around financial acumen and talent development aimed at more than 6,000 Northern Trust partners.

Before joining Northern Trust in 2013, Dhall was a member of the equity research team at Thomas White International, Bangalore, where he was responsible for developing equity investment strategies for emerging markets.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. He is a CFA charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute, and a member of the Indian Association of Investment professionals. He is also a certified Financial Risk Manager.

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Kishor Bagri CFA

Kishor Bagri, CFA, brings a rich experience of more than 22 years across multiple industries and functions including 15 years in capital markets. He has flair across the investment chain including research, portfolio management, wealth management and investment sales. He was a portfolio manager with ING Investment Management as Sr. VP and portfolio manager, managing INR 2000 cr of AUM including INR 400 cr of offshore assets. During his 9-year stint in ING Investment Management, he has worked across investment styles – fundamental, quantitative etc. Bagri has also worked in various roles and functions including sales, business development in financial services, FMCG and telecom industry. He received CFA® charter in 2006 and is a member of the Board of Director at CFA Society India.