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October 2022


October Newsletter

Keep up to date on the latest CQA news.

CQA Updates:

     After a successful September event we're moving right into our newest initiative - a joint project with the SQA. We'll be co-sponsoring two seminars with the SQA, one in November and one in May. All CQA and SQA members are invited to tune in for these virtual seminars. We wanted to start things off on a high note and we're happy to announce that Cam Harvey has accepted our invitation to be the first speaker.
     Please see the info below on the CQA Challenge. If you have any recommendations of schools to participate, please let Kai know as soon as possible. The Challenge begins on October 31. Not all of the presentations from September are available for download, but those that are can be found on the CQA website using the link below. We're trying to get as much participation in this newsletter as possible and we've included a few links that our members might find interesting. We continue to invite members to make submissions of interesting content they think will be of interest to the CQA membership.

- Dan Cardell
CQA - SQA Virtual Seminar
Join us November 9th for the first in a series of seminars that will be jointly produced by the CQA and SQA. The call will begin at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. We're delighted to have Cam Harvey as our featured speaker presenting "DeFi: An Institutional Investor’s Perspective." You must register for the event to receive the call-in information.
Speaker Showcase
Campbell Harvey is a professor of finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served as president of the American Finance Association in 2016.

Cam obtained his doctorate at the University of Chicago in business finance. He has served on the faculties of the Stockholm School of Economics, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Cam has published over 125 scholarly articles on a variety of topics and has received many awards, including the 2015, 2016, and 2022 Best Article Awards from the Journal of Portfolio Management. He was also awarded the 2020 Quant of the Year Award from Portfolio Management Research.
Cam teaches courses on blockchain technology and decentralized finance, technological initiatives in business, and an advanced asset management course. His book, DeFi and the Future of Finance was published Fall 2021.
CQA Investment Challenge 

Do you know of some current students (either undergrad or grad) who are interested in the 2022-2023 CQA Investment Challenge competition?
The competition runs from October 31st to March 31st. Each school can register up to 3 teams with 5 students per team. There are 3 rounds. The first round is based completely on compliance. The second round (top 20 portfolios) is based on compliance and returns. The final round (top 10 portfolios) is based on compliance, returns, and a video that the team needs to create.  A mentor/teacher is not required for each team, but it’s useful to have a mentor/teacher so that we can reach the school next year and inform them of the competition.
First place gets $3,000, second place gets $2,000, and third place gets $1,000.
For a listing of the rules Click Here
For a quick PowerPoint of the key rules Click Here
If you know of some students (or a professor at a school) that would be interested in the competition, then please have them email Kai Petainen, at
Member News
Reuters Interview
Recently CQA member Satya Pradhuman was interviewed by Reuters. In this interview Satya addresses the divergent relationship between technology and industrial spending, as capital budgeting always involves a rationing within a firm; to accelerate spending on one channel limits the ability to consume in other segments. The forces described underway are tectonic shifts coming together, forcing a ramp-up of a new industrial phase.
Watch Now
Fall Conference Presentations
Click to download.
Recommended Reads
"The Bank of England is snapping up bonds to stabilize debt markets — but that goes against its aim of stemming inflation. Here's what you want to know."
Melissa Brown has recommended this article featuring her Qontigo associate Christoph Schon.
"Valuing Liquidity: Pricing the Option to Do Something Else" and
"Understanding How Risks Combine in Multi-Asset Class Portfolios (Or Minding Your P’s and Q’s)"
Dan diBartolomeo and Northfield Information Systems have an excellent newsletter that they distribute to clients and friends. This issue features two articles written by Dan.
"Scientific Beta: Designing more defensive solutions"
Upcoming Events
Inquire-Europe & Inquire UK Seminars
Spring Seminar co-hosted by Inquire-Europe and Inquire UK
Republic of Malta - March 26-28, 2023
Autumn Seminar hosted by Inquire-Europe
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany - Sept 24-26, 2023
Las Vegas
We are looking forward to seeing everyone again at the Spring 2023 Conference - April 12-13, 2023.
If anyone has suggestions for speakers please email Melissa at
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