‘Using Python To Analyse Financial Markets’

When: Thu 25 January, 6:30-8:00pm

In this talk we will demonstrate the benefits of using Python to analyse financial markets. We discuss the parallels between the stages involved in solving a generalised data science problem, and the specific case of developing a trading strategy. We briefly describe how open source Python libraries finmarketpy, findatapy, and chartpy aim to tackle these specific stages. In particular, we discuss how abstraction can be used to generate clean code for developing trading strategies, without the low level details of data collection and data visualisation. Later, we give Python code examples to show how we can download market data, analyse it, and how to present the results using visualisations. We also give an example of how to implement a backtest for a strategy using finmarketpy.

About the speaker: Saeed Amen is the founder of Cuemacro. He has a decade of experience creating and successfully running systematic trading models at Lehman Brothers (where he co-developed MarQCuS which had $2bn AUM), Nomura, the Thalesians and now at Cuemacro. Independently, he runs a systematic trading model with proprietary capital. He is the author of Trading Thalesians – What the ancient world can teach us about trading today (Palgrave Macmillan). He graduated with a first class honours master’s degree from Imperial College in Mathematics & Computer Science. He is also the co-founder of the Thalesians.




‘Careers in Risk, Insurance, and Wealth Management’.

When: Thu 30 November, 6:30-8:00pm

Do you have a deep understanding of statistics, an historical perspective, and a willingness to work with data? Then this event may well be for you. Professionals from Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Accenture, and other organisations will be involved in the event.


Presentations will cover:

  • InsureTech: the role of technology in risk and insurance, job market trends in this area incl. “data science”
    •             Standards of technical competence, certs (finance, actuarial, risk, etc),
    •             Career paths, incl. for mature students and career changers
    •             Job market post-Brexit
    •             What specific skills are needed to be successful in the sector
    •             Bridging the gap between academic theory and industry practice

Why attend? Many good reasons. One such reason is that if you study economics, mathematics, statistics, or computer science then these companies would simply love to meet you. Worth noting that the last financial crisis was primarily a banking crisis, and as insurance industry representatives have regularly emphasised, the solvency of the insurance sector as a whole does not appear to be threatened. Why not? The answer is risk management. Come to the event and find out more.

Where: MAL 624