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IAQF & Thalesians Seminar Series: Expected Returns and Large Language Models. A Seminar by Dacheng Xiu.

  • 09 Apr 2024
  • 6:00 PM (EDT)
  • Fordham University McNally Amphitheater 140 West 62nd Street New York, NY 10023


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6:00 PM Seminar Begins

7:30 PM Reception

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Fordham University

McNally Amphitheater

140 West 62nd Street

New York, NY 10023

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We extract contextualized representations of news text to predict returns using the state-of-the-art large language models in natural language processing. Unlike the traditional word-based methods, e.g., bag-of-words or word vectors, the contextualized representation captures both the syntax and semantics of text, thus providing a more comprehensive understanding of its meaning. Notably, word-based approaches are more susceptible to errors when negation words are present in news articles. Our study includes data from 16 international equity markets and news articles in 13 different languages, providing polyglot evidence of news-induced return predictability. We observe that information in newswires is incorporated into prices with an inefficient delay that aligns with the limits-to-arbitrage, yet can still be exploited in real-time trading strategies. Additionally, we find that a trading strategy that capitalizes on fresh news alerts results in even higher Sharpe ratios.


Dacheng Xiu is Professor of Econometrics and Statistics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His current research focuses on developing machine learning solutions to big-data problems in empirical finance. Xiu’s work has appeared in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and the Annals of Statistics. He has served as Co-Editor for the Journal of Financial Econometrics and has been on the editorial board as an Associate Editor for many prestigious journals, including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Econometrics, and Management Science. He has received several recognitions for his research, including the Fellow of the Society for Financial Econometrics, Fellow of the Journal of Econometrics, AQR Insight Award, EFA Best Paper Prize, and Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award. He has been recognized as one of Poets & Quants’ Best 40-under-40 Business School Professors of 2023. At Booth, he teaches a variety of courses related to FinTech, Big Data, and Statistical Inference to MBA, college, and PhD students. Xiu earned his PhD and MA in applied mathematics from Princeton University.