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Michael Melvin On Quant Strategies In Currencies, Impact Of QE And Machine Learning

Macro Hive
Finance, Economics, FX, G7, Investment Strategies, Macro

Michael was Managing Director and Senior Research Advisor in Multi-Asset Strategies at BlackRock. Prior to that he was head of Currency and Fixed Income Research in the Global Market Strategies Group at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors. Michael is currently Executive Director of the Master of Finance program and also serves as Executive Director of the Pacific Center for Asset Management at UC San Diego. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank for International Settlements. In this podcast we discuss:

  1. The difference between quantitative and fundamental investing
  2. How to systematically earn alpha in FX markets
  3. How to think about FX carry and momentum strategies
  4. Does flow data have any value?
  5. How the QE-era has fundamentally changed FX investing
  6. The importance of China and the Chinese yuan
  7. How to use machine learning for trading
  8. Why understanding transaction costs is critical
  9. How to benchmark the performance of currency managers
  10. Papers mentioned: Preserving Alpha: The Effect of Trade Size and Rebalancing Frequency on FX Strategy Returns and Active Currency Investing and Performance Benchmarks
  11. Books that influenced Michael: Active Portfolio Management and Autobiography of a Yogi

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