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Systematic Investment Management AG launches quant fund

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers:

Zurich-based Systematic Investment Management AG (SIMAG) is launching as an independent joint venture between Credit Suisse Asset Management and a spin-off company of ETH Zurich. ETH Zurich is one of Switzerland's top science, technology, engineering and mathematics universities. The firm will operate a quantitative hedge fund that builds on ETH Zurich's continuous technology R&D.

"Our mission is to push the envelope at the intersection of finance, mass psychology, and physics with new investment approaches," says Dietmar Peetz, a partner at SIMAG, in an interview with Opalesque New Managers. "Our aim is to make complexity science investable."

SIMAG is led by Pascal Schneider who is also head of business management for Credit Suisse Asset Management in Switzerland and EMEA. Peetz and Daniel Schmitt will lead the portfolio management team. Peetz joined SIMAG in January of this year after having worked as head of systematic return at Credit Suisse. Schmitt was also part of the quantitative investment team at Credit Suisse, where he was a portfolio manager and researcher. Qunzhi Zhang, is senior researcher. He started as senior researcher at ETH Zurich, focused on predicting extreme events in financial markets.

The strategy looks for untapped sources of return in equity markets using a quantitative approach. "We systematic......................

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