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Tuesday, February 23rd – Mark Carhart, Kepos Capital and Tony Webb, FINCAD

February 23, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Please renew your annual membership. Details below.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016



“Hedge Fund Returns:  What Do We Know?”
    Mark Carhart, Chief Investment Officer, Kepos Capital


“Advanced Curve Building Frameworks: Best Practices”
  Tony Webb, PhD, Lead Quantitative Analyst, FINCAD


VenueBourbon Street Bar and Grill, 346 W  46th Street, Between 8th & 9th Aves, New York,  NY 10036

http://www.bourbonny.com/contact, accessible 42nd Street, Port Authority (A, C, E lines)


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Please renew your annual membership.

12-month membership dues of $120 available at the door (Use Paypal Link: https://qwafafew.wordpress.com/purchase-qwafafew-nyc-chapter-membership/  or bring Check or Cash to the door on the night of the event after you RSVP), and attend this meeting for free.

5:30- 6:15 Registration, Networking, and Refreshments
6:15 – 6:20 Chapter Business – Mike Carty, New Millennium Advisors

6:20 – 7:15  “Hedge Fund Returns:  What Do We Know?”,   Mark Carhart, Chief Investment Officer, Kepos Capital

Hedge funds are positioned as skill-based investment strategies that add value to any investors portfolio.  We look at the hedge fund data and attempt to discern some key results, including:

• What does the standard hedge fund database tell us about the distribution of hedge funds?

• How does this change when considering survivor bias,  backfill bias and missing end-of-life returns?

• How does serial correlation and factor exposure affect our expectations for hedge fund value added?

• How much factor exposure is there in hedge funds, and how has it varied over time?

• How can investors assess the incremental value of hedge funds in their portfolios?

7:15 – 7:30 Refreshment and Networking Break

7:30 – 8:30 “Advanced Curve Building Frameworks: Best Practices”, Tony Webb, PhD, Lead Quantitative Analyst, FINCAD

The ability to quickly adapt to new market dynamics is critical to maintaining a competitive trading advantage.
Without a future-proof curve building framework, every unexpected market change requires time-consuming modifications to curve building methodology, and limits your ability to capture new opportunities.

Join Dr. Tony Webb as he discusses best practices for a robust curve building framework that enables:

  • Calibration and interpolation which reflects your market view
  • Rapid adaptation to market challenges such as negative rates, LCH/CME basis, and OIS discounting
  • Accurate hedging with comprehensive real-time risk
  • Meaningful aggregated risk from consistent model sharing across traders, desks, and portfolios

8:30 Adjournment



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12-month membership dues of $120 available at the door (Use Paypal Link: https://qwafafew.wordpress.com/purchase-qwafafew-nyc-chapter-membership/  or bring Check or Cash to the door on the night of the event after you RSVP), and attend this meeting for free.

Student membership available for $60 (first meeting, ie this one, for free)

Transitional membership available for $80 (1st meeting free)






        Mark Carhart, Chief Investment Officer, Kepos Capital

Mark Carhart is the Chief Investment Officer and a founding partner of Kepos Capital. Prior to founding Kepos in 2010, Mark was a Partner and the Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Quantitative Investment Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and prior to GSAM he was an Assistant Professor at the Marshall School of Business at USC and a Senior Fellow at The Financial Institutions Center at The Wharton School. Mark’s publications include articles in The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies and the Financial Analysts Journal, and he received the FAJ’s Graham and Dodd Award in 2014. He is also a co-author of Modern Investment Management: An Equilibrium Approach. Mark earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1988, became a CFA Charterholder in 1991 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1995.  He serves as Chairman of the Board for both InTandem Cycling and Friends of the International Charter School, and is also a Board Member of TIME Advisory Council.


Tony Webb, PhD, Lead Quantitative Analyst, FINCAD

Dr. Tony Webb is FINCAD’s Lead Quantitative Analyst and is responsible for defining the development roadmap for analytics across all products, and for external communication of quantitative research and thought leadership. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, an MBA, and a PhD in computational fluid dynamics from the University of British Columbia.


QWAFAFEW NYC 2016 schedule

Tuesday, January 26th – Dan diBartolomeo, President, Northfield Information Services and Anish Shah, Investment Grade Modeling, LLC

Tuesday, February 23rd – Mark Carhart, Kepos Capital and Tony Webb, FINCAD

Wednesday, March 23rd (please note date change)- Tim Gaumer, CFA, Global Director of Fundamental Research at Thomson Reuters & TBA

Tuesday, April 19th – Peter Hafez, Chief Data Scientist, Ravenpack & TBA

Tuesday, May 24th –  Ding Liu, Senior Quant Researcher, AB Bernstein, will present on “Pure Quintile Portfolios”  and Yin Luo, CFA, Managing Director, Global Head of Quantitative Strategy, Deutsche Bank “Quantitative Investing of Bank and Insurance Stocks”
Tuesday, June 28th – Indrani Di, Senior Director, Risk Management, TIAA-CREF will present “Decomposition of Total Volatility in U.S. Equities: How Important is Idiosyncratic Risk” and TBA

Tuesday, July 26th – Mary Ann Bartels, BofAML & TBA

Tuesday, August 23rd – TBA

Wednesday, September 7th – Jason MacQueen, Director of Research, Northfield Information Services Inc. “Rules-based Style Rotation : Dynamic Switching with Smart Portfolios” & TBA

Tuesday, September 27th – TBA

Wednesday, October 26th – TBA

Wednesday, November 16th – Dr. David N. Esch, Managing Director of Research, New Frontier Advisors & TBA

QWAFAFEW is now soliciting presentation volunteers to schedule in 2016.  Send a note to qwafafewnyc@outlook.com if you are interested. New York is the primary focus.  However, if you wish to present in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles Metro, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Princeton, San Francisco or Washington, DC, please include that in your response and that information will be conveyed accordingly.  As always, presentations must involve research and be educational in manner; while products can be mentioned and touched upon briefly, no product presentations will be accepted.  Disclaimer: Volunteering does not guarantee acceptance.

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Voting form located at:




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February 23, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


356 W 44th Street – Bar with New Name
356 West 44th Street,
New York, NY 10036 United States
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