Quantnews Monthly Digest | August Issue

Your monthly news & research update for all things quant trading

In this issue, blockchain expert Tomaso Aste* provided insight on factor-based investing, applications of blockchain and the future of AI in trading in an interview with us. Guest author David Bergstrom* walks us through an application of a K-means clustering algorithm, and FXCM’s Rob Pasche explains how to identify a market range when using an algorithm. Finally, be sure to register for one of our algo trading webinars to learn how to automate your trading or further refine your skills.


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New this month

INTERVIEW:  EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | BLOCKCHAIN EXPERT TOMASO ASTE*

Initially from a physics background, Tomaso Aste* has unique insight on financial modelling, machine learning and blockchain. In this interview he discusses his research on factor-based investing to reduce dimensionality of a problem, machine learning trends, and his beliefs on the future of financial markets. Read the interview to find out more.

TUTORIAL: 3 WAYS TO IDENTIFY A RANGING MARKET WITH YOUR ALGO

Market ranges are simple to visually identify, but when relying on an algorithm to identify a range bound market, a trader needs to be able to define this using technical tools and rules. This article will discuss 3 ways to programmatically identify a ranging market. Read this tutorial and learn to incorporate range trading in your system.

RESEARCH: K MEANS CLUSTERING AND CREATING A SIMPLE TRADING RULE FOR SMOOTHER RETURNS

In this article, David Bergstrom* explains how he uses K-means clustering, an iterative refinement algorithm, to group data points for analyzing the returns of data within a particular cluster. Bergstrom* provides Python sample code for calling and training the data, and testing the algorithm. Read this article to learn more about K-means clustering.


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