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LFIS & QMI Research Partnership

In May 2018, LFIS announced a partnership with the Quantitative Management Initiative (“QMI”) to develop new areas of quantitative research with potential real-world application.  The partnership is in line with the QMI’s commitment to promote quantitative finance and its contribution to investment management in terms of research, risk management and creating value for investors globally.

The QMI was launched in 2012 and is part of France’s Fondation du Risque and supported by the Institut Louis Bachelier.  Associated research is principally carried out by teams from the leading Paris universities of Paris-Dauphine and ENSAE (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique).  The initiative aims to produce world-class research with practical applications by encouraging cooperation between quantitative management professionals and academic researchers.  The initiative leverages on France’s rich quant heritage, extensive pool of research and quantitative investment management talent and amplifies this powerful combination on a global platform.

The partnership between LFIS and QMI will focus on the three main stages of quantitative investing: artificial intelligence and signal generation, portfolio construction and risk management and real-world implementation challenges.  A worldwide call for research projects aligned with these themes will soon be issued.  Proposed projects will be assessed by a Committee including representatives from Paris-Dauphine, the Fondation du Risque, LFIS and other leading quantitative asset managers.  LFIS’ support will help finance selected research projects, with the findings presented at a closing conference.  

A quantitative approach is an essential part of our DNA at LFIS. The partnership with QMI amplifies our internal research efforts. We hope the partnership will support and nurture the next generation of quantitative talent. Most of all, we intend to apply the findings to help our clients go beyond traditional asset management approaches and to access a robust, repeatable roadmap for performance.

Sofiène HAJ-TAÏEB – Co-Founder and CEO of LFIS

LFIS’ strong quantitative research and development capabilities are a valuable source of ideas and inspiration for QMI’s research. Through this partnership we seek to build and strengthen the collaboration between the academic and professional worlds of quantitative management and to bring the QMI’s research to life.

Gaëlle LE FOL – Professor at Dauphine and Scientific Director of QMI

Quant Vision Summit

The inaugural Quant Vision Summit event organized by LFIS and QMI took place in Paris on October 4, 2018.  The event brought together over 150 professionals in quantitative finance, including academics, quantitative asset managers and institutional investors from across Europe and beyond.  The objective of the event was twofold:

  • To build bridges between academic and professional circles along the lines of models already in place in the U.S. and the U.K.; and
  • To highlight the presence and capabilities of Europe and Paris in new and innovative areas of asset management.
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