What is it about engineers and seeing the world through a quant lens? We’ve talked to plenty of quants who have an engineering mindset; but this episode’s guest is an actual engineer – doing his mechanical engineering work by day and dishing on portfolio construction at night via his excellent Breaking the Market blog and @breakingthemark twitter handle. Whether it is diving deep, real deep on arithmetic versus geometric returns, comparing performance measurements to Tiger Woods major’s performances, or calling Trend hot air, Matt Hollerbach puts his thought processes for all to see on the web. He does it to not only document his journey to quantlightenment, but also to get called out by pros who are increasingly finding a familiar voice in his writings, and teach those coming into the space. Jeff and Matt talk golf, the DC area, being anonymous versus having a name, LMGTFY, mechanical engineering, rebalancing, Gold, rebalancing, expecting a miss in your portfolio construction, Bryson DeChambeau, why its never as easy as it seems to write a great blog post, a library of quant research, Renaissance, Claude Shannon, rebalancing, and more. Enjoy!
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