The appliance of science powers Cantab’s growth in quant macro trading

Fri Oct 21, 2011

Former Goldman quant strategies partners Ewan Kirk and Erich Schlaikjer’s Cambridge-based Cantab Capital has assembled a robust systematic macro trading engine since starting their quantitative fund in 2007

Ewan Kirk

The CCP Quantitative Fund has come a long way since its launch in early 2007. Having begun with a modest but respectable $30 million, the strategy has swelled to around $1.7 billion thanks to a combination of strong performance and allocations from investors.

The same is true of Cantab Capital Partners, the Cambridge-based systematic hedge fund firm led by CIO Ewan Kirk that manages the quantitative macro strategy - and which has thrived during a period of high market volatility, but one that has sparked fast-growing investor interest in systematic trading strategies.

In a few short years, and in the face of a major financial crisis, the firm has grown substantially. Assets aside, it has steadily expanded its headcount with an emphasis on hiring highly-qualified scientists from the University of Cambridge, with which it has a strong relationship. And Cantab has also branched out by offering its strategy...


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