About Us

Quantitative techniques are widely used in many areas of finance. Everything from option pricing, algorithmic trading, portfolio construction, strategy backtesting, price modelling and statistical arbitrage rely heavily on some really interesting mathematical, statistical and computational techniques.

Our members are drawn from people working in all areas of the quantitative finance universe. As such, we aim to offer seminar topics and discussions over a wide range of topics.

Members benefit both from learning within and outside of their specialisations; and of course from great networking opportunities with like minded individuals.

The Q Group has had a strong calendar of events this year and have shared an additional three events with the Sydney Financial Markets Workshop (SFMW), Monash University and the Centre for Applied Financial Studies (Adelaide).

For a selection of our recent events refer to the Events page

24 events were held during 2017, including mini Colloquiums in both Sydney and Melbourne, plus partner events with Monash Uni and RMIT in Melbourne and the Sydney Financial Mathematics Workshop.

Below is a list of the events organised or held so far in 2018:

Sydney Lunch Series
January - Smart Beta Bond Portfolios
February - Is more always better? How much skill is required to benefit from a new asset class?
March - Talent vs Luck: The role of randomness in success and failure
April - The ETF industry and its relevance in Australia
May - Robust Statistics and Financial Economics
June – Machine Learning Tools for High Dimensional Data

Melbourne Seminars
January - Smart Beta Bond Portfolios
February - Issues in Market Liquidity
April - Risk Communication & Online Risk
May – Panel discussion on forecasting models, the uncertainties and associated risks

March - The 2018 Monash-Q Group Colloquium was held in Melbourne

Q Group members can also attend seminars run in conjunction with the Sydney Financial Mathematics Workshop (SFMW).

ALL OUR EVENTS are free for members, and generally include a meal and / or drinks, and give you access to the other lunches and dinners such as our ‘Lunch with an Agenda’. Plus you can attend both the AGM and the Colloquium (full and half day Colloquiums are held in each of Sydney and Melbourne), with stimulating speakers. This represents very good value for Members.

Membership fees are GST exempt and the fee schedule is below.

  • Sydney $275
  • Melbourne $150
  • Full-time Student $50
  • Overseas $0
  • Other States $100
  • Country $100

We have a Linked In Group that Members and friends of the Q Group are welcome to join. Please note that members of the Linked In Group are not necessarily financial members of Q Group Australia. If you need to verify membership of an individual please contact qgroup.sydney@gmail.com. If you would like to seek formal membership of the Q Group Australia, please visit the Membership page of our website.

The Institute of Quantitative Research in Finance Incorporated is registered as an Incorporated Entity in New South Wales. Our ABN Number is 49 978 071 714.