Form an orderly QIS: hedge funds spur quant products to new heights

Rise of multi-strategy vehicles triggers demand for indexes once seen as competitors

Credit: montage

Banks’ quantitative investment strategies are showing up in the strangest of places: the portfolios of the hedge funds that inspired QIS in the first place.

Interest from hedge funds has propelled a 20% increase in the QIS revenues of the most active dealers over the past 12 months and lifted total estimated notional assets under management to a record $350 billion.

“What’s new is the number and range of hedge funds looking at and trading QIS,” says Guillaume Arnaud, global head of QIS at Societe

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