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Joined: Aug 2018
Posted: 2018-08-10 16:50
HitmanH is right as far as Cubist, no real short term infrastructure but if I recall correctly they did have some people colocated, and if not colocated then latency was borderline absurd. Almost went there years ago and had some discussions with their tech guys, could barely get away with running what we have there.

The quantbot manager platform is for the less entrepreneurial or if one doesn't have the alpha/team to go it alone then a great option. So the huge advantage of being there is that costs are shared and data is cleaned and ready to go as is the system to trade through including hft infrastructure. Maybe most similar to WorldQuant.

Probably lower payouts than other multi-manager places but likely easier to get up and running with their tech platform. For example had been at Millennium years ago and they provided us with raw data but had to parse/clean it all and had our own trading infrastructure (pretty much only given some servers).

Usually it's people who are solo who go there cause otherwise would make sense to try and get funded directly by Schonfeld for example but then gotta directly bear all costs like compliance, data, and technology and it ain't cheap.


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Joined: May 2018
Posted: 2018-08-10 21:50
Cool, really appreciate the insight anonq. So how would you say the risk/drawdown tolerance compares at a quantbot/WQ versus a millennium/cubist? In other words, does quantbot put up with bigger DDs before cutting people/teams, since presumably they allocate less capital or ramp up more slowly?


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Posted: 2018-08-11 19:16
cubist/quantbot maybe a little more patient but it's so situation specific so like is the fund in a drawdown making them more cagey, do they feel optimistic that you're on the right track but just in a historically large drawdown, or do they think you've lost your edge and the drawdown is just validation for them of that. So maybe the mean drawdown tolerance at one firm is larger than others but at the individual level I don't think it matters as much.

I would likely still go with the best payout structure/tech platform that allows for success. Usually do have contractual drawdown limits but tend to get ignored on the funds side when they want to cut size, and if one does try to enforce the contract more likely to lose goodwill so definitely a trade off there.


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Posted: 2018-09-07 03:47
Any color on Walleye?


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Posted: 2018-09-12 23:37
Azx: hadn’t heard of Pan either, thanks. Wikipedia has them as real estate developers. Another well known shop out of Minnesota bought a lot of real estate as well.

I find this fascinating because (a) the liquidity is completely different (b) is r.e. then the most obvious other kind of play for pure-numbers / pure-money people?

The firm I am thinking of iirc bought a bunch of LV property after a major price drop. Which sounds classic Graham+Doddian… (although I would argue book value means much less in a totally artificial landscape which would be better as a national park than having subsidized airplanes to it.)

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Posted: 2018-09-13 00:11
Don't know walleye and might be completely wrong here....but that software stuff sounds weird:

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Posted: 2018-09-13 00:30
@Rashomon: fixed

@Maggette: totally agree about the software....


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Posted: 2018-09-26 09:55
I don't find that particularly strange, actually seems quite common. Another example is DRW. Props shops inevitable tend to build up a lot of excess cash over time, which will eventually needed to be invested in real assets where real estate seems to be the easiest route.

What would be a more obvious play for a prop shop in your opinion?


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Posted: 2019-01-05 11:47

RSJ claims to do 50+% of volume in ICE

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Posted: 2019-01-06 13:05
It’s always hard to compare shops with different AUM levels doing “similar” Strats. A shop that can do some level of success on, say, pairs trading, can’t be compared to another shop running 10x the capital.

As a general rule of thumb, low AUm shops can have awesome returns and relatively high sharps compared to their larger counterparts but often those Strats don’t scale. To go from 200mn to 2blllion or from 2bill to 20bill is a business strategy, not a trading strategy. It involves an acumen in cobbling together synergistic Strats And asset classes, salesmanship and the ability to get balance sheet from PBs.

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Posted: 2019-01-07 07:23

The article says they are the biggest trader in LIFFE, doesn't say they do 50%+. I doubt anyone does more than 20% in major exchanges. Even the fastest players tend to leave some money on the table.
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