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Quants: The Hottest Markets Right Now

Posted on September 2023

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Financial markets around the world continue to grow in volatility due to the global economy's ever-increasing complexity and technology's constant evolution. As financial organizations compete for top Quants talent to keep up with these fast-paced developments and capitalize on the hottest market opportunities, we take a closer look at these thriving sectors and the trends shaping them:


The Resilience Amidst Uncertainty

Even with the economic unpredictability across the financial landscape, the equities market showcases unwavering resilience. Algorithm-driven hedge funds, particularly those of Quant variety, have been aggressively acquiring stocks, predominantly piling into US equities.

As such, there's a competitive race amongst clients to secure top-tier Quantitative Researchers and Analysts. The objective? To ensure they remain ahead of the curve, leveraging deep insights to navigate the fast-paced nature of the equities market.


Adapting to the Unpredictable

The Russia/Ukraine conflict has further increased the unpredictability of the commodities market, which has always been a hotbed of volatility. But where there's volatility, there's opportunity. This very unpredictability has opened doors for Quants to employ their skills, advocating for better market efficiencies. They also play a pivotal role in developing rigorous risk management strategies, ensuring more profitable trading trajectories for firms.


The Reshuffling of Top Talents

The cryptocurrency sphere is witnessing some groundbreaking developments this year, from the rise of Bitcoin and crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs) within traditional finance (TradFi) institutions, to the strategic moves of Tier 1 shops offshoring their crypto teams due to the US's regulatory atmosphere.

Interestingly, this has opened up a unique opportunity and a reshuffling of top talent, as smaller prop firms, family offices, and crypto-centric funds snap up a significant portion of Portfolio Managers.

Liquid Markets

The High Demand for Intraday Strategies

Liquid markets are seeing a surge in demand from both prop trading funds and hedge funds for Portfolio Managers who excel in intraday/high-frequency strategies. As many hedge funds have invested time and resources over the past few years to craft trading platforms attuned to support rapid strategies, the demand for talent has soared.

This shortage of talent, particularly for Portfolio Managers with established, effective strategies, has resulted in a bottleneck situation.

In summary, as the world of finance continues to evolve, these markets have become pivotal arenas in the competition for skilled Quants professionals. To truly navigate the intricacies of these dynamic fields, having the right talent with a deep understanding of the current landscape is paramount.

For firms actively seeking elite talent, request a call back from leading talent partner Selby Jennings and access a global network of top Quants talent. For professionals aiming to elevate their career trajectory, submit your CV/resume today and one of our talent consultants will get back to you if a role fits your profile.

We also strongly recommend downloading our comprehensive report, "The Real Alpha: Unleashing Talent in Quantitative Finance Hiring." This resource delves deep into the intricacies of hiring in the Quantitative Finance space, offering valuable insights and guidance for both hiring managers and professionals.