Stock investing is not a job for the faint hearted. It requires high level intelligence, enthusiasm, technology, business acumen, and passion. Due to the rapid advancement of AI and computer-generated trading techniques, tech savvy companies are dominating the hedge fund arena.
Two Sigma is one of these companies. Founded in 2001, the company now manages assets of an estimated $51 billion.
Founded by David Siegel, John Overdeck, and Mark Pickard, the company holds a headquarters in NYC, with other offices located in some the world’s major cities. Siegel graduated from MIT with a PHD in computer Science, a passionate programmer and investor, he worked for established hedge fund companies D.E Shaw and Tudor investments before co-founding Two Sigma 17 years ago.
Two Sigma owe their recent spike in success to their valuable and incessant research into algorithms, AI technology, and computer aided trading programs. They currently employ over 1200 people from scientific, mathematical, business, programming, and engineering backgrounds.
Through their huge portfolio of investors, they support the retirements of millions of people across the world. They also assist breakthrough research, education and a range of charities and non-profit foundations.
Half of the managers of the top 25 global hedge fund managers use computer generated investing strategies. David Siegel has spent a career both investing into research for such technologies, and investing in talent and innovation as a strategic imperative. Two Sigma is a data driven hedge fund that absorbs huge amounts of information to predict the price of securities. They also own a market-making business, a Bermuda reinsurance company, and operate a venture capital arm.
Siegel and Overdeck have become multi billionaires and Two Sigma remains one of the fastest growing hedge fund investor companies on the planet. This is all down to dedication, research, investment, and calculated risk. The company is so dominant in the marketplace that it can demand fees of 3% of assets and 30% of profits from it’s biggest fund. This is 1/3 more than the industry standard.
Siegel said in a late 2015 interview:
“The challenge I think facing the investment world is that the human mind has not become any better than it was 100 years ago, and it’s very hard for someone using traditional methods to juggle all the information of the global economy in their head,”
Siegel said at an investor conference earlier this year. In fact, Two Sigma’s data scientists and systems analyze more than 10,000 data sources, using 75,000 CPUs with 750 terabytes of memory. Their hedge funds have executed more than 1.2 billion trades over the last 14 years. He believes that in the future, no human brain will ever be able to beat the computer when it comes to investment management.
With the rise of artificial intelligence, the creation of new algorithms, each powered by complex mathematical genius and knowledge… The face of the trading industry is changing fast. Companies such as Two Sigma and digital pioneers such as David Siegel have taken the time and invested the money into embracing and developing such technologies. Thus, they will continue to dominate the market and change the way that people look at investing.
The future of trading looks as though it may be entirely digitised and heavily reliant on the innovation of A.I systems.
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