The Society of Quantitative Analysts (SQA) is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on education and communication to support members of the quantitative investment practitioner community.
We seek to encourage the dissemination of leading-edge ideas and innovations relevant to the work of the quantitative investment practitioner. The knowledge of such ideas and innovations can assist portfolio and risk managers, strategists, analysts, traders, regulators, asset owners such as pension sponsors and foundations in performing their functions and responding to the ever-quickening pace of change. The Society welcomes the participation of academics and students.
The SQA provides forums for the presentation of theory and practice by practitioners, academics and regulators with an emphasis on the new and controversial. The Society holds monthly meetings in New York City from September through June. Monthly meetings consist of one-hour talks on a specific topic. The Society also organizes a half-day seminar in the fall on a topic of current interest and a full-day "Fuzzy Day" seminar in the spring on an exporatory topic.
The Society also provides opportunities for communication and interaction among its members and with members of similar societies. All SQA events provide time for members to meet and share ideas, opinions, and experiences.
The SQA, whose history goes back to 1965, continues to be a pioneer in the use of quantitative investment techniques. Today our membership spans the United States and numbers over 250 individuals.
Membership in the SQA includes a number of benefits including access to the members-only section of the SQA website, reduced fees for all SQA events, reduced fees for other events of interest to quantitative practitioners, discounts on a wide range of investment journals, access to presentation materials from past SQA programs, and continuing education credits from the CFA Institute.
The principal mission of the SQA is to encourage the dissemination and discussion of leading-edge ideas and innovations related to the work of the quantitatively-oriented investment professional, including analytical techniques and technologies for investment research and management. These include:
- Practical applications by investment practitioners;
- Academic presentations of theories in finance and economics;
- Concepts from other disciplines that might provide inspiration to the investment practitioner; and
- Regulatory issues that can impact investment practice.