BACKGROUND

The Evolving Landscape of Financial Markets:

Change is the most unchanging paradigm. Shortening of the Technology Cycle and disruptions impact most in the Financial Markets. Then Financial Markets are the most alluring ‘Gambling Joints’ of this world. Markets in multiple geographies attract the community of avid ‘Gamblers’, namely, the Traders. In this conference we address some of the innovations and technologies which affect the many participants of the Financial Markets. DATA SCIENCE and AI have brought new challenges to the Analysts and Fund Managers. Mathematical Models of Options and Derivatives were harnessed in the innovation of VIX the ‘Fear Index’

This conference is built around two themes:

    • Leveraging alternative data with AI to a competitive advantage
    • Market volatility, Investors’ fear, hedging; the evolution of VIX

EVENT TIME

This event is mainly focused on participants from SE-Asia and India. Hence, the event time is set so that participants from India and China may attend in the afternoon 14:00-18:00 IST on both days.

Attend this event and earn GARP/CPD credit hours.

UNICOM has registered this program with GARP for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. Attending this program qualifies for 14 GARP CPD credit hours. If you are a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM®), or Energy Risk Professional (ERP®), please record this activity in your Credit Tracker.

Discounted attendance offer:
If you are a GARP Alumni, that is, an ERP or FRM certificate holder then avail yourself a 20% discount offer for the event registration fee. To know more about the offer contact us [email: finteam@unicom.co.uk; Vandana.singh@unicom.uk]

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of AI, Machine Learning, Sentiment Analysis.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

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Programme

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN IST
DAY 1 (24 MARCH)
DAY 2 (25 MARCH)

14:00: INTRODUCTIONRead More
Gautam Mitra, CEO, Optirisk/UNICOM

Gautam Mitra, CEO, Optirisk/UNICOM

14:10: The Volatility Virus.Read More
Robin Wigglesworth, Global finance correspondent, Financial Times

Robin Wigglesworth, Global finance correspondent, Financial Times

Volatility is an inevitable part of financial markets. But over the past six decades, volatility has come to dominate risk-management models across the finance industry. At the same time, a motley crew of academics and investment bankers have turned volatility itself into something that can be sliced and diced, bought and sold, just like any bond, stock or barrel of oil. This has arguably made the global financial system more fragile in the process. Here is the story of how volatility became a virus that infected the entire finance industry.

14:30: The history of how and why the modern VIX Volatility Index was revised in 2003-2004 Read More
Devesh Shah, Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co and Co-Inventor of the VIX Volatility Index

Devesh Shah, Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co and Co-Inventor of the VIX Volatility Index

The VIX Volatility Index is a powerful idea and an index for measuring uncertainty in the equity market. What makes it even more powerful is the ability to almost capture it in your fist through tradable derivatives on the VIX itself. Many cross-sectional, inter-market concepts were necessary in the creation of the VIX Index. Several people, each with unique perspectives came together. Let us dive a little deeper into the formation of one of the most popular and successful listed derivatives products of the last twenty years.

14:50: DAILY TRADING STRATEGIESRead More
PROF GAUTAM MITRA, CEO, OptiRisk Systems/Visiting Professor, UCL

PROF GAUTAM MITRA, CEO, OptiRisk Systems/Visiting Professor, UCL

TBC

15:10: Q/A SESSION
Gautam Mitra, Robin Wigglesworth, Devesh Shah

15:30: ICE BREAKING SESSION

15:35: NETWORKING SESSION / SPONSOR BOOTH

15:55: HOW TO BUILD A MONEY PRINTING MACHINE WITH AIRead More
Raul Glavan, Consultant Artificial Intelligence & Asset Management | Trader | Speaker | UBI Enthusiast

Raul Glavan, Consultant Artificial Intelligence & Asset Management | Trader | Speaker | UBI Enthusiast

TBC

16:15: How Features Selection can help improve trading strategiesRead More
Dr. Ernie Chan, Founder, Predictnow.ai Inc

Dr. Ernie Chan, Founder, Predictnow.ai Inc

One major impediment to widespread adoption of machine learning (ML) in investment management is their black-box nature: how would you explain to an investor why the machine makes a certain prediction? If you don’t understand the underlying mechanisms of a predictive model, you may not trust its predictions. Feature importance ranking goes a long way towards providing better interpretability to ML models, and feature selection improves out-of-sample performance of ML models.

16:35: Smart Volatility BetasRead More
EUAN SINCLAIR, Quantitative Analyst, Hull Tactical

Euan Sinclair, Quantitative Analyst, Hull Tactical

  • Review of SKEW
  • Extracting skewness for risk reversals
  • The skewness premium
  • Monetizing skew pemium

16:50: Q/A SESSION
Raul Glavan, Sudarshan Sawal, Euan Sinclair

17:10 NETWORKING SESSION / SPONSOR BOOTH

17:25 Brain AI and NLP Approaches to the creation of Alternative Datasets in Finance and Smart Baskets.Read More
DR. Francesco Cricchio, CEO, Brain

DR. Francesco Cricchio, CEO, Brain

Brain is a research oriented company that develops proprietary signals and algorithms for investment strategies on financial markets, combining Statistical methods, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing techniques.

We will show the application of Brain Artificial Intelligence Platform to create proprietary datasets that are integrated by Clients in systematic trading strategies, some datasets at ticker level like the Brain Sentiment Indicator, Brain Machine Learning Stock Ranking and Brain Language Metrics on Company Filings; other datasets are at general market level, like the Brain Market Sentiment, and Risk ON/ OFF signals. We will focus on the latest released dataset Brain Language Metrics on Company Filings and the related use cases exploring the language analysis of company reports and the study of possible relations with firms’ future performance as discussed in recent papers.

Finally we will show the application of the NLP module of the platform to perform a thematic selection, among a large universe of companies, of a basket of stocks whose business is focused on a specific theme (e.g. nanotechnology, cell therapy, genetic engineering and others). The selection can be combined with proprietary alternative datasets and allows to create at low management fee Thematic or Smart Indices, active and passive ETFs, mutual funds.

17:45 Q/A SESSION
Matteo Campellone

17:50 PANEL 1: VIX: THE FEAR INDEX, VOLATILITY VIRUS OR AN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY?
Moderator: Prof. Gautam Mitra
Panelists: Robin Wigglesworth, Devesh Shah, Euan Sinclair, Raul Glavan, Dr. Ernie Chan

18:40 SESSION ENDS

14:00: INTRODUCTIONRead More
Gautam Mitra, CEO, Optirisk/UNICOM

Gautam Mitra, CEO, Optirisk/UNICOM

14:10: The Art of Data ScienceRead More
Dr. Ganesh Mani, Adjunct Faculty, Carnegie Mellon; ex-SSgA & FDP Institute Advisory Board

Dr. Ganesh Mani, Adjunct Faculty, Carnegie Mellon; ex-SSgA & FDP Institute Advisory Board

The dynamic world produces data that is constantly changing. Financial markets can be particularly mercurial, triggered by geopolitical events, regulation changes, industry news and earnings outlook of companies. Exploiting data science to explain or predict the ebb and flow of security prices can be a bit of an art. Knowing which data – from the plethora of traditional and alternative datasets – to focus on, what techniques to use (e.g., traditional statistical, historical-data-intensive deep learning, reinforcement learning, forward-looking simulations or a combination); and, what aspects to model are nuanced decisions that will significantly affect portfolio risk and return. Human-machine teaming is also a focus area and I hope to address some of the above themes in my brief presentation. A subsequent panel will elicit multiple opinions in this milieu.

14:30: THE SOURCES OF ALTERNATIVE DATARead More
Saeed Amen, Founder, Cuemacro and Alexander Denev, Head of AI – Financial Services Advisory, Deloitte

Saeed Amen, Founder, Cuemacro and Alexander Denev, Head of AI – Financial Services Advisory, Deloitte

Harnessing non-traditional data sources to generate alpha, analyze markets, and forecast risk is a subject of intense interest for financial professionals. A growing number of regularly-held conferences on alternative data are being established, complemented by an upsurge in new papers on the subject. Alternative data is starting to be steadily incorporated by conventional institutional investors and risk managers throughout the financial world. Methodologies to analyze and extract value from alternative data, guidance on how to source data and integrate data flows within existing systems is currently not treated in literature. Filling this significant gap in knowledge, The Book of Alternative Data is the first and only book to offer a coherent, systematic treatment of the subject.

15:00: Q/A SESSION
Dr Ganesh Mani, Saeed Amen, Alexander Denev

15:20: ICE BREAKING SESSION

15:25: NETWORKING SESSION / SPONSOR BOOTH

15:45: Another Step in the Evolution of Financial Markets?Read More
Nick Wade, Director, Asia Pacific Marketing, Northfield Information Services Asia Ltd and Dan diBartolomeo, President and Founder, Northfield Information Services

Nick Wade, Director, Asia Pacific Marketing, Northfield Information Services Asia Ltd and Dan diBartolomeo, President and Founder, Northfield Information Services

Abnormal market behaviour, speculative bubbles and busts, are not new phenomena. Speculative trading has no doubt occurred since the dawn of time, often fuelled by over confidence, greed, easy access to credit, and the siren song of watching other people get rich. As risk model providers, how can we deal with market data that is disconnected from underlying economic reality? In this presentation we discuss the innovative approaches Northfield has pioneered to make risk models adapt to real-world problems with market data, harnessing alternative data and looking for regimes in volatility.

16:05: DISCOVERING INTELLIGENCE IN UNSTRUCTURED CONTENT  Read More
Dan Joldzic, CEO and Quantitative Researcher, Alexandria Technology

Dan Joldzic, CEO and Quantitative Researcher, Alexandria Technology

TBC

16:25: PREDICTING INTRADAY RISK AND LIQUIDITY WITH NEWS ANALYTICSRead More
Dr. Giuliano De Rossi, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs and Dr. Ryoko Ito, Quantitative Execution Services, Equities Execution Research Strat, Associate, Goldman Sachs

Dr. Giuliano De Rossi, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs and Dr. Ryoko Ito, Quantitative Execution Services, Equities Execution Research Strat, Associate, Goldman Sachs

  • Introducing a news-driven model to predict intraday volatility and volume with an application to stocks in Russell 1000 & STOXX 600
  • Power of news in native languages: Further application to stocks in TOPIX 500 using Nikkei news

16:45: Q/A SESSION
Christopher Kantos, Dan Joldzic, Dr Giuliano De Rossi, Dr Ryoko Ito

17:05: NETWORKING SESSION / SPONSOR BOOTH

17:20: The Application of Sentiment Analytics in China Stock Market ​Read More
Song Lu, Head of Quantitative Research, ChinaScope Ltd

Song Lu, Head of Quantitative Research, ChinaScope Ltd

  • Introduce Chinascope’s technologies and methods in extracting Chinese news articles
  • Construct stock level sentimental factor of stocks in the CSI500 index
  • Construct industrial level and macro level sentimental index of China stock market
  • An empirical application of the sentimental analysis in China commodity market.

17:40: PANEL 2: THE ART OF DATA SCIENCE
Moderator: Ganesh Mani
Panelists: Saeed Amen, Christopher Kantos, Song Lu, Sonam Srivastava, Matteo Campellone

18:30: VALEDICTORY SESSION

18:35 SESSION ENDS

Speakers

SAEED AMEN

Founder, Cuemacro

DR. MATTEO CAMPELLONE

Executive Chairman, Brain

DR. ERNIE CHAN

Founder, PredictNow.ai Inc

ALEXANDER DENEV

Head of AI - Financial Services Advisory, Deloitte

DAN DIBARTOLOMEO

President and Founder, Northfield Information Services

Raul Glavan

Consultant Artificial Intelligence & Asset Management | Trader | Speaker | UBI Enthusiast

DR. RYOKO ITO

Quantitative Execution Services, Equities Execution Research Strat, Associate, Goldman Sachs

DAN JOLDZIC

CEO and Quantitative Researcher, Alexandria Technology

CHRISTOPHER KANTOS

Sales and Marketing Director, EMEA at Northfield Information Services

Marta Lopata

Chief Growth Officer, Thinknum

Song Lu

Head of Quantitative Research, ChinaScope Ltd

Dr. Ganesh Mani

Adjunct Faculty, Carnegie Mellon; ex-SSgA & FDP Institute Advisory Board

Prof Gautam Mitra

CEO, OptiRisk Systems/Visiting Professor, UCL

DR. GIULIANO DE ROSSI

Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

Sudarshan Sawal

Quantitative Researcher, PredictNow.ai

Devesh Shah

Retired Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co and Co-Inventor of the VIX Volatility Index

Sonam Srivastava

Founder, CEO ; Wright Research

EUAN SINCLAIR

Quantitative Analyst, Hull Tactical

Nick Wade

Director, Asia Pacific Marketing, Northfield Information Services Asia Ltd

Robin Wigglesworth

Global finance correspondent, Financial Times
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