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This Old School Hedge Fund Is Going Quant

EVANSTON, ILL.—Alec Litowitz, founder of one of the country’s largest hedge funds, raised a simple question at the firm’s investment committee meeting: How often do mergers fall apart?<p>No one had the answer, so the Magnetar Capital LLC founder assigned a team of analysts to pore through three …

Analysts Have Never Been This Bullish on Value Stocks… And That’s Bad

By some measures, value stocks are the most crowded they've been in three decades<p>Uh oh. Everybody loves value stocks. Disciples of legendary value investor Benjamin Graham seek out overlooked stocks they can buy on the cheap. Now, though, after enjoying a large postelection pop, some analysts say …

The Quants: Meet the New Kings of Wall Street

How machines and their masters are rewiring the investment world<p>For the first time in history, there is such a thing as human-free investing.<p>Using high-powered computers to construct abstruse models, quantitative traders instantaneously analyze an amount of data that is too vast for any one human …

Investing

With 125 Ph.D.s in 15 Countries, a Quant ‘Alpha Factory’ Hunts for Investing Edge

Igor Tulchinsky’s WorldQuant is part of the forefront of a new quantitative renaissance in investing<p>As a 20-something computer engineer looking for a job in the 1990s, Igor Tulchinsky hit on an idea: Mail thousands of flattering letters to CEOs of companies believing one of them would land on the …

Investing

The Quants Run Wall Street Now

For decades, investors imagined a time when data-driven traders would dominate financial markets. That day has arrived.<p>Alexey Poyarkov, a former gold-medal winner of the International Mathematical Olympiad for high-school students, spent most of his early career honing algorithms at technology …

Wall Street

How BlackRock Is Bringing Its New Quant Funds to the Masses

is bringing robot-driven investing to its Main Street customers. As part of an overhaul of its stock-picking unit, the world’s largest money manager said Tuesday it is creating a line of quantitative investing strategies that will be available to retail investors. The broad revamp of the $275.1 …