QWAFAFEW (pronounced “quaff-a-few”, Quantitative Work Alliance for Applied Finance & Economic Wisdom) is an informal organization for discussions of quantitative investment topics. QWAFAFEW has active chapters in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles Metro, New York, Pittsburgh, Princeton, San Francisco, Stamford CT, and Washington DC.
NEW YORK QWAFAFEW CHARTER
Organizational Purpose: For quantitatively oriented investment professionals to gather together informally, discuss quantitative issues, and relax over drinks with their colleagues. The name QWAFAFEW (pronounce “quaff-a-few”) is intended as a double entendre. The acronym is derived from Quantitative Work Alliance for Applied Finance Education and Wisdom. The organization is meant to provide a collegial forum to promote the sharing of analytical research pertinent to the investment industry. The forum is also serves as a conduit for networking..
Atmosphere: Casual and informal
Officers: Officers are elected by the general membership. The Steering Committee guides this process.
Financial Issues: QWAFAFEW is a not-for-profit club. Annual Dues are collected from members in addition to admission fees in order to cover meeting costs. Membership is on an individual, not a corporate basis. Presenters, members, and nonmember attendees are presumed to represent themselves, not their organization. Receipts are provided once per month. Members of other chapters pay membership rates to attend New york meetings.
Meeting Frequency: Generally, 12 times per year, and at least once per month. Venues rotate with time of year, target audience, and sponsorship opportunities.
BOSTON QWAFAFEW (Original Chapter)
QWAFAFEW is an informal organization of quantitatively oriented professionals in various aspects of financial services (primarily investment management). The group was formed a number of years ago to provide a venue for quantitative researchers to discuss their evolving work with peers. As the field has become more “main stream” our membership has also broadened. Our membership includes a wide variety of interests and levels of responsibility. The members span the gamut from owners and senior executives of investment related organizations to recent entrants to the industry. Most attendees have some technical training beyond the M.B.A. level, and many have Ph.D.s All share a common interest in quantitative solutions to understanding investment markets.