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Quantitative Analysis Definition and Quiz

An investment strategy that has gained popularity since 1990s due to its academic and scientific approach.
  1. Define - Define quantitative analysis for investments.
  2. Context - Use quantitative analysis in a sentence.
  3. Quiz - Test yourself.
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Updated: February 18, 2021
Quant funds often get a bad name in the press, justifiably from high-profile hedge fund blowups, but unfairly due to the lack of statistical and mathematical acumen by investors and the media. Learn more below.

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Understanding Quantitative Analysis for Investment Decision-Making


Quantitative Analysis is the process of evaluating investments based on the systematic review of financial ratios, momentum measures and style factors across broad groups of securities. These strategies benefit from consistency, minimal human bias, breadth and the ability to evaluate many securities using the speed of a computer. Quant investing is often associated with structured, rules-based, academic and scientific approaches to security selection.

Synonym: Quant Investing

For context, as with many industries, quantitative strategies have disrupted the status quo and taken large market share. Investing in the 20th Century was dominated by long-term buy-and-hold fundamental asset management firms and funds like Fidelity Magellan and Dodge & Cox Stock Fund.

In the 21st Century the volume of information available to investors has climbed exponentially, so quantitative approaches involving alpha models, risk models and algorithmic trading models gained popularity. Not only that, but the marketing blitz of thematic funds through ETFs has made it easier to gain assets without a proven approach and long-term track record. It is for this reason that strategies marketed as smart beta, factor portfolios, tilt funds and minimum variance funds took market share from long-established stalwarts.

In a Sentence

Bev:  I'd like to see specific risk and more quantitative analysis measures for our funds.
Ann:  I'm good with that, but we don't want to mention the 'Q' word or we'll be labeled.


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Which of the following is a disadvantage of quantitative analysis? | Breadth or Crowding or Diversification or Measured Risk?


A comparison of the EV-to-EBITDA Ratio across all 2000 stocks in the FactorPad 2000 Index would be most common in which strategy? | Fundamental or Quantitative or Technical?


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