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Our webinars will boost your expertise in the latest trends in the industry and share insight into the FDP charter. 
Have a recommendation for an industry related topic, an author we should invite, an article you want to learn more about? Contact us: info@fdpinstitute.org.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CDT   / 1:00PM - 2:00 PM EDT

A Conversation with …. Elena Khoziaeva, CFA, Head of US Equity, Bridgeway Capital Management.The Art and Science of Big Data in Quantitative Investing

Elena Khoziaeva, CFA - Head of US Equity, Bridgeway Capital Management. Elena began working at Bridgeway in 1998 and is a portfolio manager and the team leader for the investment management team. Her responsibilities include portfolio management, investment research, and statistical modeling as well as leading and deploying team resources.
She earned an M.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Houston, where she graduated with highest honors, and a B.E.S. from the Belarusian State Economic University. Elena is a CFA charterholder. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020
12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT

Join the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable for an interactive discussion on alternative investment data with 

  • Gene Getman, CAIA, Client Portfolio Manager, Lombard Odier Investment Managers
  • Peter Hafez, Chief Data Scientist, RavenPack
  • Kathryn Wilkens, CAIA, Sr. Advisor FDP Institute 
  • Rick Roche, CAIA, Managing Director, Little Harbor Advisors 
Topics discussed during the webinar will include:
  • “Alternative Investment Data” Defined
  • Where and How to Source Alternative Data?
  • Separating Signal from Noise with Additive Datasets
  • What Types of “High-Frequency Data” might be most Useful?
  • What are Legal Risks associated with Alternative or Digital Data?
  • How to Select Data Providers; Negotiate Exclusive Data Contracts

Webinar Recordings & Slide Decks 

FDP Info Session: Learn more about the upcoming FDP Exam.
The exam is from October 12 - November 8, 2020. 

Join Mehrzad Mahdavi, Executive Director FDPI and Hossein Kazemi, Sr. Curriculum Advisor FDPI as they discuss:  

WHY the program was created, the industry trends, WHO the program is for, and most importantly: HOW you can obtain your FDP credential. 

We will discuss the curriculum, required readings, learning objectives and offer some sample questions.

A Conversation with Woody Sherman, Ph.D.

Title:  Computational Drug Discovery

Date: May 6, 2020 

Description: The role of AI/ML and High-Performance Computing in Drug Discovery

A Conversation with Imir Arifi, Ph.D.

Title: Machine Learning Models in Credit Risk Analysis 

Date: April 29, 2020

Description: Mr. Arifi demonstrated ensemble models in DataRobot and showed why FDP is important. That is, knowing the models and model parameters are more important than knowing how to program in python.

A Conversation with ... Rick Roche, CAIA 
Title: The Evolution of Machine Learning in Investment Strategies 

Date: April 22

Description: Discover the latest trends in quantitative model development. AI and Machine Learning in Investment Management is an insider’s look into the opaque world of quantitative investing and the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, Big and small Data.

A conversation with ... Ganesh Mani 

Title: Data Supply Chain Management

Date: April 7

Description: Data Supply Chain Management is the collection, organization, flow and streamlining of data – including any pre-processing and normalization steps - to make it usable, guided by domain knowledge, for the next downstream process. Typically, this next step involves analysis via traditional statistical or contemporary machine learning tools. The end goal of the exercise is to generate insights that can imply customer value, inform revenue or pricing metrics, optimize costs and help gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

A conversation with ... George Mussali & Mike Chen

Date: April 1, 2020 

Description: ESG investing is an area of active interest for both the investment and academic communities. Despite the intense interest, there currently is no agreed upon definition of ESG investing, or how to best build investment portfolios that incorporate both return and sustainability dimensions. (Both are important for sustainability-minded investors.) In this article, the authors categorize the broad types of ESG investing currently in the market and introduce an ESG investment framework. This results in a portfolio that optimally combines the dual objectives of alpha and sustainability outperformance. TOPICS: Portfolio theory, portfolio construction, ESG investing

A Conversation with ... Michael Oliver Weinberg and Peter Strikwerda 

Title: Usage of Alternative Data and ML in Asset Classes 

Date: March 25th, 2020 


A Conversation with ... Tony Guida 

Title: Long term Machine LeaPredictions for US Equity Date: March 5, 2020

Description: Tony Guida co-wrote and edited the book "Big Data and Machine Learning in Quantitative Investment", one of the required readings for the upcoming exam. This webinar is titled "Long Term Machine Learning Predictions for US equity" and is a user case study of Chapter 7 of the book which Tony co-wrote with Guillaume Coqueret.

Note: Guida's book "Big Data and Machine Learning in Quantitative Investment" is a required reading for the October/November 2020 FDP Exam 

A Conversation with ... Joe Simonian

Date: February 27, 2020

Description: Joe Simonian is the founder and CIO at Autonomous Investment Technologies, LLC, as well as the co-editor of The Journal of Financial Data Science.

Note: During this webinar Simonian discusses "A Machine Learning Approach to Risk Factors: A Case Study Using the Fama–French–Carhart Model" a required reading for the October/November 2020 FDP Exam 

A Conversation with ... Seoyoung Kim 

Date: February 19, 2020 

Description: Dr. Seoyoung Kim is a Professor of Business Analytics at Santa Clara University and co-author of "Zero-Revelation RegTechDetecting Risk through Linguistic Analysis of Corporate Emails and Newsl"

Natural language processing is a fast-growing area of data science for the finance industry. Recent advances in financial technology (FinTech) have dramatically transformed the financial landscape with respect to the way we access, invest, and transfer financial capital. In this article, the authors explore a promising avenue for the use of natural-language processing in an effective yet non-invasive method by which to monitor the health and integrity of financial institutions and corporations in general by analyzing corporate emails and news.


A Conversation with ... Gene Getman 

Date: January 29, 2020 

Description: Gene Getman is a Client Portfolio Manager for the 1798 Alternatives group, focused on Investor Relations for the Hedge Fund business. He is the Product Specialist for the 1798 Q Strategy and other innovative or capacity constrained alternative investment strategies based in New York. More importantly: Gene is the co-author of "Big Data is a Big Deal: An investor’s guide to the applications and challenges of alternative data" Note: The "Big Data" paper is a required reading for the March 2020 exam.


A Conversation With ... Guen Dondé
Date: January 22, 2020

Description: Our conversation with Guen Dondé, head of Research at the Institute of Business Ethics. Co-researcher of "IBE Ethics at Work" and "Implications of AI on Business Ethics". Thought provoking, engaging, and great learning overall!

Note: the three readings discussed are part of the required readings for the October/ November 2020 exam.  

Panelists: Guen Dondé, Kathryn Wilkens, Sr. Advisor FDP Institute, Mehrzad Mahdavi, Executive Director, FDP Institute, 

FDPI Candidate Orientation for the March 2020 Exam
Date: January 15, 2020

Description: This webinar features members of the FDP Curriculum Team as well as Candidate Relations. The following topics are discussed: Curriculum materials, exam format, and available resources. For each topic we discussed the required readings, keywords, learning objectives and sample questions. 

Panelists: Mehrzad Mahdavi, Executive Director, FDP Institute, Hossein Kazemi, Sr. Advisor FDP Institute, Keith Black, Managing Director Content Strategy CAIA.


Learn more about the FDP designation.
Date: December 19, 2019

Description: The Financial Data Professional Institute (FDPI) was established by CAIA Association to address the growing need in finance for a workforce that has the skills to perform in a digitized world where an increasing number of decisions will be data and analytics-driven.

Panelists: William “Bill” Kelly – CEO, CAIA Association; Mehrzad Mahdavi, Executive Director, FDP Institute; Hossein Kazemi, Sr. Advisor, CAIA & FDPI; Keith Black - Managing Director Curriculum at CAIA and recent FDP charter holder;  Mirjam Dekker, Project Manager, FDPI  


Learn more about the FDP designation 
Date: July 17, 2019

Description: The Financial Data Professional Institute (FDPI) was established by CAIA Association to address the growing need in finance for a workforce that has the skills to perform in a digitized world where an increasing number of decisions will be data and analytics-driven.

Panelists: William “Bill” Kelly – CEO, CAIA Association; Mehrzad Mahdavi, Executive Director, FDP Institute; Hossein Kazemi, Sr. Advisor, CAIA & FDPI; Mirjam Dekker, Project Manager, FDPI  


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