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Education

The ultimate weapon: Education

No matter your age or your mood, we all have to constantly reinvent ourselves. We love to think, to solve problems. We have the passion, the appetite for learning. And consequently, we encourage Education in (almost) every possible way. The company won’t tell you what to study, when to study it or where. If you are motivated enough, you will find the education program that allows you to grow and be better at work. We pay the bill, but you make your choice and invest your time and effort.

As we have an international environment (we have 7 nationalities, and growing), we have in-house language classes. They’re for free as long as they’re taken seriously.

There are so many things happening out there, that we like to discover the most interesting ones in our regular formation talks.

Technology

Technology and us: inextricably linked

Technology didn’t help much when we were born: the data processing capacity was poor (we had to manage with a Sinclair Spectrum) and there were no gadgets to give us a hand.

So we soon understood that we’d better develop our own technology. That’s why we’ve always had our own IT team, so as not to depend on third parties.

Today, we leverage the latest technologies to innovate an Artificial Intelligence that helps to fight against the uncertainty of the markets.

We create what we need. And that means using a lot of imagination, taking risks, and of course, learning from others.

But if things go wrong, we are the only ones to blame.

Life

To work. To learn. To live

Work comes first. But to be honest, the nice surroundings, sports, education opportunities and wonderful food are welcome too. We think that good ideas may arise from cinema, books, playing sports, reading blogs, talking with friends, playing with children, lying on a couch… basically from living. So we make sure our people have room left to live.

We have a flexible schedule. We just make sure that we’re in harmony with our team mates.

We offer in-house sports programs: boxing, TRX, functional training, "military" ETS training, bike routes… and of course, our contested ping-pong league!

Our cook prepares delicious home-made food for us every day, and we can always have a healthy snack in our favorite ETS spot: la casita.

Research

Research runs in our blood

R+D is core business for us. We research by ourselves or in good company (Universities mostly). Endogamy is synonymous with decline. Our quant investment strategies come from science, discipline and -why not?- creativity too.

Whatever scientific background our researchers have, they all have one thing in common: they are passionate about finding state-of-the-art solutions to financial challenges.

From Statistical Modelling to Machine Learning Techniques, from Quantitative Methods to Financial Engineering, from Technical Analysis to Econometrics; our Data Scientists are not scared to experiment and they are certainly not averse to investigating any possible solution irrespective of its origins.

Sometimes nothing beats simplicity and coherence, but that doesn’t mean they shy away from complex algorithms or areas they’ve never ventured into before. They are both inquisitive and critical, constantly asking “why” and unsatisfied with unfounded conclusions.

The researchers’ team has created its own blog, www.quantdare.com, as a way of exploring new knowledge areas. It is also a way of sharing interesting content and learning from the experience of creating it.

Aware of the importance of being in contact with the academic environment, we are running projects with the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the European Open Business School (EOBS).

Structure

Agile structure: the lighter, the better

We’ve always been allergic to bureaucracy and hierarchy (and it’s getting worse). That’s why we stand for equality and diversity within an Agile structure.

We think that in the finance world there’s a lot of innovation to do regarding how to get things done. So we try to practice what we preach:

  • Flat organisation. It is much more flexible and open to change than age-old hierarchy.
  • Autonomous teams. Every small team is in charge of a project. The members of these multidisciplinary teams must be able to make decisions, solve problems and deliver results on time. A team is like an organ that fulfills a function. Communication with other organs is thus needed to keep the whole organism healthy and working.
  • Agile methodologies. Collaborative thinking, quick production, quality assurance, testing. And back to the start. We’ve been using Scrum for a while, but only when it’s the best option. Sometimes Kanban suits us better. And we are increasingly attracted by Design Thinking. The point is to use these tools because they help, not because they’re trendy.
  • Maximum freedom, maximum responsibility. Once they know their objectives, that’s all people and teams need to do their jobs.

Meaning

What we do has to make the world a little bit better

What we most value is a stimulating job with real impact on people’s lives, made together with talented colleagues. We fight to make investment a little bit fairer.

In almost thirty years of financial experience, we’ve learnt a lot about how to improve people’s lives through capital preservation. We work to develop a wealth management that assures a quiet journey. In other words: we try to provide stability, security and peace of mind.

That probably sounds less sexy than the astonishing products and apps that tech startups are launching all the time (we are crazy about a lot of them as well). But to keep your savings safe when the markets collapse and to see them grow steadily in the long term can make a dramatic change in your life. It’s the kind of change that allows you to keep your home, for example, instead of losing sleep worrying about your money.

That has a lot of impact on the middle class. But we wanted to put our knowledge at the service of people with no financial capacity at all. We tried with microcredits but it turned out not to be a very good idea.

From failure, the program Saving For Learning was born, first in Peru, later in Ecuador and Guatemala. Our Foundation Investment and Cooperation has helped more than 6,000 people that couldn’t meet their basic needs. They are learning how to save and manage their money in confidence circles. No loan sharks, no banks, no intermediaries. Besides now meeting their basic needs, they’ve achieved self-esteem, democratic habits and integration.

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