Quantitative investing
with a twist

We are the publisher of Focus, a quant-minded and independent research report. We also trade the 2Q Portfolio live and with real money.

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Man or Machine?

Systematic or discretionary trading? What’s better?

As quants we’re inclined to favor a systematic approach. However, we realize that systematic and discretionary trading processes are essentially the same, except for that the former encapsulates the decision-making dynamics in a rules-based framework while the latter doesn’t.

Coded trading systems enable us to methodically repeat a tried and trusted method. That’s a great thing. We let the machine place our bets in the markets and remove ourselves from the day-to-day trading process. If our betting system has edge, we should be rewarded with gains.

Humans on the other hand can be highly inventive and see things which a machine cannot – or at least not easily. But how can you make sure that what you see is real and not a noisy Fata Morgana of the markets? Well, you can never be 100% sure, but when you’re able to blend statistical observations with long-term trading experience, you can increase the odds of discovering something valuable.

Twoquants is both. Model-driven, but human.

“No man is better than a machine, and no machine is better than a man with a machine.” (Paul Tudor Jones)

WHO WE ARE

We are two quantitative traders with a background in professional investment management, derivatives trading and quantitative research. We are interested in quant-driven trading strategies and, most importantly, are supported by an AI bot and a really cool dog.

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WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

We think there is a better way to investing than long-only buy-and-hope. We believe portfolios must be protected against large drawdowns while staying exposed to the topside at the same time. We are convinced that there is alpha in the interplay between systems and humans.

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WHAT WE DO

Model-driven, but human – that’s our philosophy. We combine systematic strategies with opportunistic trade ideas and long volatility positions. We trade the 2Q Portfolio live and with real money. We also publish Focus, our unique quant-minded research and trading report.

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