Tuesday, January 29, 2008

My Day Job

Originally uploaded by Jeremy Payne

A little more about me ...

In my "day job", I work for a company called Capital IQ. I've worked there for about 5 years now. We build and sell a web-based research and workflow platform for financial services professionals. It has been a pretty big success and an amazing experience.

At the end of the day we are a technology-driven company. We collect and database loads of information from scads of different sources ... we then scrub it and "link" it up to web-based tools that allow our clients to sift through, filter, retrieve, manipulate, display and otherwise utilize the vast quantities of data we offer in a web and excel-based environment. 10's of thousands of professionals are using our product every day at over 2,500 or so firms worldwide.

Over the last few years, I've learned a lot about modern portfolio and investment theory. I had an MBA in finance, so I had at least some of the terms down ... but the last several years spent talking to hedge fund managers, equity quants and others about the "quest for alpha" has been eye-opening ... the intellectual challenges in and around the area of active portfolio management are fascinating and the rewards for solving them spectacular. This is a theme we will explore on these pages in greater detail in the future.

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