About Us & Our Philosophy

First & foremost, we're all about integrity

It can be difficult to justify giving money to a fund manager if they don’t have their own money in the fund. Their risk-management may be skewed by shorter-term incentives for bonuses, whilst a major blow-up, at worst, costs them a job (while they walk away with their wealth in tact). At Quant Alpha our own money is heavily invested into our algorithms, run with our own software. When we invite others to utilise our technology, we are sharing the on-going maintenance & support that can only come from a dedicated business owner with their own money on the line.

We believe in, and love what we do.

Our team

Integrity. Foresight. Discipline.
Simon has over 20 years of experience in the investment banking and financial markets industry. Initially trained in risk management, he has always been involved in building applications for the trading floor. Trading on his own account throughout this time, once he discovered systematic trading there was no turning back. When Simon is away from his desk you’ll find him surfing, rock-climbing or mountain-biking.

Rianco has a professional engineering background spanning 6 years with a Masters in Engineering. During this time he has also honed his expertise as a Quantitative Analyst specializing in the design and testing of quant trading systems through a personal journey into the world of trading & finance, ignited by an unrelenting desire to extract alpha from, and understand the intricicies of the markets. Rianco revels in pushing his physical limits, embracing the thrill of intense workouts when he detaches from the digital landscape.



Originally graduating in Mathematics and Chemistry, David worked as an industrial chemist for many years before transitioning to a quantitative trading career. David has developed deep experience in data analysis, strategy development and has built a powerful back-testing platform and order management system for fully customized and completely automated portfolio management. David specializes in intraday system development and understanding the technology for sophisticated order management with the broker. He regularly runs and rides as fast as his not-25-anymore body will allow him.


A few of our market-beliefs that shape our thinking
Market Inefficiency
We learned at university that markets were efficent and full of rational decision-makers… then we entered the real world. Evidence of bad, emotional decisions and behavioural biases is everywhere. Hence we love the idea of creating robust systems before risking real money, and then getting out of the way, least we interfere with a good thing. The theory of behavioural finance provides compelling evidence that markets are not, in fact, efficient.

We are entrepreneurs at heart and love all forms of investing. Building and analysing businesses & investing for the long-term in sound companies is a wonderful idea. We hear about expert fund managers and research analysts producing all sorts of fantastic analysis – but for the most part their returns are lack-lustre (to put it kindly). They do tend to have a great story, and stories sell, but we are focussed on serious out-performance & genuinely belive the return profile from trading a diversified group of ‘all weather’ algorithms provides the best risk-return profile. By building a diversified set of strategies, we aren’t limited to “value investing” or any other single alpha factor. We can do mean reversion & trend following; shorter-term & longer-term; equities; currencies; commodities; rates; long & short. The value of this diversfication is that we can sum our returns, without summing our draw-downs.

Behavioural Finance
Below we touch on some of the cognitive biases that impact decision-making in the markets. The hypothesis that fear, greed, over-confidence, remorse and other emotions can result in mis-pricing of securities is born out by our extensive research. Our approach to generating alpha in the markets is to base our own models upon sound principles of human behaviour – which are as old as humans themselves.

Exploiting a niche
If we wanted to be a part of the crowd, or thought like everyone else, we would have taken the easy road. But we took the one less travelled, and that made all the difference.

Systematic & Quantified
On a podcast interview with a value-investing fund manager, the interviewer made the following insightful comments: “One thing we would always focus on when I was looking at funds was whether the manager was ‘true to label’ … Results are transient, but what you are really buying is the process.”
Algorithmic trading represents the single most “true to label” form of investing – where there is no deviation from the plan. The benefit of having asked, and answered all the practical questions like, “how often has this happend in the past?”, & “what happened next?” is manifest.

Decision-making in trading & investing

Our philosophy emphasizes concepts that we expect to play out in the markets - shaping the way we build our algos.
Here's a brief summary of some examples of those concepts and how they relate to trading:

Confirmation Bias
Confirmation bias is a classic! No doubt we have all fallen victim to it at one time or another. It is simply the tendency to interpret, believe or recall information that affirms one’s existing beliefs. If the evidence is ambiguous, often it will be interpreted in a way that supports an existing position.

Experiments (or resarch) designed to prove (not disprove) a theory can result in illusory correlations being found. In building investing models it is important to search for information that supports our hypotheses, but it is equally important to search for information that disconfirms our ideas! Being open-minded is key. Our goal is to find real and lasting inefficiencies that can generate profit, not feed our egos.

Experiments show that individuals tend to depend too heavily on the first piece of information they have when making decisions. Similar to framing (below), the answer to a second question depends which question was asked first. We don’t want to assess probabilities incorrectly, based on a subjective reference (anchor) point!

If market participants are prone to over-reacting to news, then we stand ready to capitalise on their bad judgement.

Availability Bias
If a coin flipped 10 times in a row and yielded 10 heads, what is the more likely outcome of the next flip?

Of course, heads and tails are both still equally likely. The belief that the next flip is more likely to be tails because it’s “due to come up” is known as the gambler’s fallacy, which is an example of the availability bias. Essentially, this bias occurs when our estimates of probabilities are influenced by what is most “available” in our memories. Avoiding biases like these are very much why we love quantitative trading.
In a famous experiment about the psychology of choice, Tversky and Kahneman shed light on the problem of framing; how we ask a question, or frame a problem, can influence our choice of outcomes. Traders constantly assess alternatives in making decisions about prices. In evaluating alternatives, it is important to understand that a mistake framing the problem could lead to choosing an inferior alternative.
Game Theory
The market is comprised of multitudes of supposedly rational decision-makers interacting under uncertainty, moment by moment. How we expect others to act or react to particular events (which can depend on their biases as mentioned above) is crucial information. If we can measure the probabilities associated with these decisions – even better! All prices are determined by supply and demand urgency associated with buyers and sellers. The one sitting at the poker table with a solid understanding of risk management and capital preservation, and an appreciation for how past actions of their opponents provide insights into how they think, is sitting in a strong position!
In God we trust, all others must bring data.
- Attributed to W. Edwards Deming
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