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    • 14 Feb 2023
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    • Fordham University: McNally Amphitheater 140 West 62nd Street New York, NY 10023

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    How can a market making algorithm use information in the order book when computing bid and ask quotes? Market making models, such as Avellaneda and Stoikov (2008), compute bids and asks around the midprice, to minimize inventory risk. In practice, the midprice may be a poor estimate of the fair value, particularly for cryptocurrencies, where the tick size is relatively small. Using Bitcoin data, I backtest market-making strategies around the midprice, as well as other microstructure adjusted prices. In particular, a new definition of fair price, which we call the Volume Adjusted Mid Price (VAMP) consistently outperforms the mid price, from the perspective of a market maker.


    Sasha Stoikov has 15 years of experience at the interface of academia, startups and the finance industry. He is a Senior Research Associate at Cornell Financial Engineering Manhattan (CFEM) and was a VP of High Frequency trading at Cantor Fitzgerald. He has also launched a music tech startup called Piki.

    • 28 Mar 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 2201 G street, School of Business, Funger Hall suite 108. Washington DC, NW 20052

    Financial Engineers Give a Personal View of Their Careers in Quantitative Finance

    A Series of Panel Discussions for Students Interested in a Career in Quantitative Finance

    Tuesday, March 28th

    Program: 6:30 p.m.

    Reception: 8:30 p.m.

    2201 G Street, School of Business

    Funger Hall Suite 108

    Washington DC, NW 20052

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    School of Business





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July 12, 2022

The IAQF Announces the Winners of the Eleventh Annual IAQF Academic Affiliate Membership

Student Competition

New York, NY, July 12th, 2022 -- The International Association for Quantitative Finance ( is pleased to announce the winners of the Eleventh Annual Academic Affiliate Membership Student Competition. Twenty-five teams representing fourteen academic programs submitted papers in response to this year's competition problem which focused on predicters of the state of the market. The full problem can be found on the IAQF Site hereThe competition submissions went through a blind, multi-level selection process and were reviewed by a judging panel comprised of IAQF Board Members. Six teams were selected as winners. The winning papers are available below.

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Douglas Breeden

Douglas Breeden is William Priest Professor and former Dean of Duke’s Fuqua School.  He served at Chicago, Stanford, North Carolina and Fischer Black Visiting Professor at MIT, winning ”Outstanding Teacher.”

Breeden published seminal research on insurance prices implicit in options, and Consumption CAPM. His “Central Bank Policy Impacts on Insurance Prices,” won Q-Group’s Roger Murray Prize and was presented globally to central banks.

Breeden was elected to the AFA Board and lifetime Fellow.  The IAQF named Breeden “Financial Engineer of the Year.”

Breeden holds a Stanford Ph.D., and S.B. from M.I.T., was Co-founder of Smith Breeden and on Commonfund’s Board.

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