computational finance


  • Part 4 – Nerds Gone Wild – Wired Markets in Distress
  • Financial Nerds Gone Wild – Global Markets in Distress The original plan for this book stopped after the three parts that you’ve just read. These parts are about how markets became machines, and about using more machines to pick stocks and trade them electronically, bringing in an assortment of nifty ideas from finance and computer […]

  • Part 3 – Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification
  • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification in Financial Markets Securities Markets are Machinery Now. This raises the question of how to best participate in the world’s new wired markets. People who use information technology most effectively will be rewarded. Artificial intelligence (AI) as an academic discipline began at the famous 1955 Dartmouth conference organized by John […]

  • Part 2 – Alpha as Life
  • Passive Investing – Active Investing – Alpha Returns Index funds are passive investments; their goal is to deliver a return that matches a benchmark index. The Old Testament of indexing is Burton Malkiel’s classic A Random Walk Down Wall Street, first published in 1973 by W.W. Norton and now in its ninth edition. For typical […]

  • Part 1 – Wired Markets
  • Financial Markets – Electronic Markets Not too long ago, going to a stock market meant you would meet lots of new people who were energetically shouting, running around, and making a mess with great quantities of paper. No more. Visiting a financial market now is more like visiting a telephone exchange. Computers and network gear […]

  • Introduction to Nerds on Wall Street
  • Introduction to “Nerds on Wall Street“ I hope people think of this book as sort of a Hitchhiker’s Guide to Wired Markets. There are no robots parking cars for six million years, but there are robots trading millions of shares in six milliseconds, so maybe that’s close enough. In 2006, I got a call from […]

  • Contents of “Nerds on Wall Street”
  • Foreword by Ted Aronson Part 1 – Wired Markets Chapter 1: An Illustrated History of Wired Markets Chapter 2: Greatest Hits of Computation in Finance Chapter 3: Algorithm Wars Part 2 – Alpha as Life Chapter 4: Where Does Alpha Come From? Chapter 5: A Gentle Introduction to Computerized Investing Chapter 6: Stupid Data Miner […]