Advancing the Field of Quantitative Finance
formerly the IAFE

Event: SQA Half Day Conference: Risk, Leverage and Alpha
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Citi Auditorium
399 Park Ave at 53rd Street
New York, NY 10043

The International Association of Financial Engineers is pleased to endorse

SQA Half Day Conference:

Risk, Leverage and Alpha

The Society of Quantitative Analysts is dedicated to providing cutting edge content to the quantitative investment community. Last April the SQA hosted an historic conference on "Model Risk, Quants, and the Law" to begin to address two areas that have drawn attention from regulators: culture of compliance and the risk management discipline. We invite you to join us for history in the making, with a continuation of the discussion "Risk, Leverage, and Alpha".

The SQA has gathered five highly respected experts who have both conducted quality academic research on the topic of risk management and at the same time been heavily involved in managing active money or directly advising on how to improve active management by incorporating their unique knowledge of risk and quantitative analysis. The event will be moderated by Melissa Brown, Senior Director, Axioma.

Event Schedule:

8:00am Check-in/Registration with Continental Breakfast

8:30am Jason MacQueen, R-Squared, "The Structure of Risk Models"

9:20am Attilio Meucci, CRO, Kepos Capital, "Fully Flexible Probabilities via Entropy Pooling"

10:30am Ken Winston, CRO, Western Asset Management, "Risk Management for Long-Short Portfolios"

11:20am Lisa Goldberg, UC Berkeley, "Will My Risk Parity Strategy Outperform?"

1:00pm Aaron Brown, CRO, AQR Capital, "Red-Blooded Risk"

Among the many questions to be addressed at this conference:

  • What part of active management should belong to risk management?
  • What are the risk management and leverage nuances to actively running long/short portfolios?
  • How does one improve portfolio performance by actively managing portfolio risk, despite estimation errors?
  • Why doesn't leverage improve performance of the risk parity portfolio over 60/40 portfolio, even in the long-term??


This event qualifies for 5.0 CE credit for CFA and GARP.


Registration Information:

Early Registration through October 31st
SQA Members $300
Non-members $400
Full time Students $100 (limit 10, must present student ID).
Professional discounts available to members of the IAFE