He co-founded Cantab Capital Partners in 2006, which became part of GAM Systematic in October 2016. His daily focus is research and development, risk management and managing the quantitative team. Prior to founding Cantab, Ewan Kirk ran the 120-strong Goldman Sachs Strategies Group in Europe, where he was responsible for all of Goldman Sachs’ quantitative technology. Ewan Kirk holds a PhD in Mathematics (General Relativity) from the University of Southampton, a Certificate in Advanced Study in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and achieved a First Class degree in Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He is based in Cambridge.
11 January 20192018: An anomaly rather than the new normal
2018 has been a challenging year for systematic strategies as the underlying environment was plagued by a series of headwinds. GAM Systematic Cantab’s Ewan Kirk reflects on the year and considers what steps, if any, should be taken when investment conditions go awry.
Thursday, August 31, 2017Trend Is Not Your Only Friend
Simple rules on macro assets can create very attractive returns. We present a simple Trend system and a simple Carry system in which the combination of the two return streams appears very attractive.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017A Game You 'Probably' Can't Lose
GAM Systematic’s Dr Ewan Kirk and Dr Tom Gillam pay a short visit to a world of odds-based binary bets and apply their findings to a more familiar financial landscape.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017LSE Alternative Investments Conference - Algorithm Aversion
Dr Ewan Kirk, Chief Investment Officer of GAM Systematic’s Cantab team, spoke at the LSE Alternative Investments Conference in London in January 2017. He questioned why investors in general are sceptical of systematic trading while long term performance seems to indicate that the performance of models is at least as good as that of humans. So why the scepticism?
Thursday, December 08, 2016You Probably Can't Lose
What can an interesting and surprising experiment with finance students and finance professionals tell us about financial decisions and how to maximise extracting returns from low information content systems?
Friday, November 25, 2016Machine Learning Masterclass
Computers can now drive cars more safely than humans and beat world champions at games as complex as chess and Go. So can they, and should they, be let loose with investment portfolios? We bring together two experts to discuss the potential and the limits of machine learning. (Source: Asset TV)
Wednesday, October 26, 2016Beneath the Sizzle of Artificial Intelligence
Dr Ewan Kirk, CIO and founder of Cantab Capital Partners, which is now part of GAM Systematic, discusses artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016Does my Tail Look Fat in This? Part 2
Investors and managers are concerned with “fat tails”. In the second part of this post, we look at kurtosis in more detail.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015Does my Tail Look Fat in This? Part 1
Investors and managers are concerned with "fat tails". In part one of a two part article we look at where fat tails come from and how they can be managed.
Thursday, May 21, 2015Algorithm Aversion
Investors in general are sceptical of systematic trading. Why could this be? Long term performance seems to indicate that the performance of models is at least as good as that of humans. So why the scepticsm?