EPATTM – Executive Programme in Algorithmic Trading

The Executive Programme in Algorithmic Trading at QuantInsti is designed for professionals looking to grow in the field, or planning to start their careers in Algorithmic and Quantitative trading.

It inspires traditional traders towards a successful Algorithmic trading career, by focusing on derivatives, quantitative trading, electronic market-making or trading related technology and risk management. This comprehensive Algorithmic Trading course offers unparalleled insights into the world of Algorithms, financial technology, and changing Market Microstructure, following an exhaustive course structure designed by leading Algorithmic Traders, Quantitative experts and HFT thought leaders.

Duration – 6 months (4 months of training & 2 months of project work)
Specialisation – Particular Asset class and/or Algorithmic trading strategy through the project work
Online Delivery – A focused learning experience consisting of practical sessions conducted through web-meetings and virtual learning environments
Certification – Assessment comprises of assignments, quiz, project work and attendance. On successful completion participants will receive a Certificate from QuantInsti Quantitative Learning Pvt Ltd

The Curriculum


This module is preparatory material for beginners who have recently started learning Algorithmic Trading.

  • Covers basics in Algorithmic Trading, Statistics, Options & Derivatives, MS Excel
  • Self-study module, to be completed before Live Lectures begin
  • 10-20 hours of coursework followed by mandatory Primer Tests


This module is the first module with live lectures in Algorithmic Trading training and covers some of the most crucial concepts to be applied and used in future.

  • Basic terms, concepts related to orders and data management
  • System Architecture and Risk Management in Algorithmic Trading – complexities involved
  • Order Flow Management, Pegging, Discretion, VWAP strategies
  • 12 hours of live lectures and 10 hours of coursework comprised of assignments and quizzes


A beginner’s module in this Algo trading course that includes concepts from Probability, Statistics, Econometrics.

  • Working with OHLC datasets, indicators and trading signals generation
  • Application of trading strategies in MS Excel, application of statistics in predicting future stock prices and approximations of risk/reward
  • Practical and hands-on sessions imparting computing skills which will be required later
  • 9 hours of live lectures and 8 hours of coursework comprised of assignments and quizzes


Introduction to advanced topics in Quantitative trading courses that requires knowledge on Options and Derivatives and Statistics.

  • Option pricing models and their applications.
  • Building option portfolios on the basis of Option Greeks.
  • Dispersion trading concepts, implementation and road-blocks
  • Designing of a risk management tool that shows sensitivity of options portfolio to different conditions, allowing the trader to modify their portfolio to meet future market scenarios better
  • 12-15 hours of lecture content and 10-15 hours of coursework


R is a popular language for quantitative trading and analysis. Algorithmic trading courses rely on the open-sourced statistical language R for data manipulation and management and Time series Analysis.

  • Introduction to R through basic statistical tests and computations followed by writing codes to build quantitative indicators and trading strategies
  • Useful R tips & tricks to navigate big data sets
  • Implementing model using GARCH (1,1) to predict volatility using R and estimating the parameters of the model
  • Using advanced packages to code trading strategies in R
  • 15 hours of lecture content and 25 hours of coursework


This is the most strategic module for individual traders as well as institutional desk traders who want to set up their own trading desk or are fishing for new platforms/software/infrastructure.

  • Understanding the infrastructure requirements
  • Understanding the business environment including regulatory environment, capital investments required for setting up an Algorithmic Trading Desk
  • In addition to the QI faculty, industry experts are invited to share experiences and insights
  • 3-9 hours of lecture content


It is the most crucial module of this algorithmic trading course with high requirements from students to practice and try strategies hands-on.

  • Exposure to different Quantitative trading strategy paradigms popular in algorithmic trading such as statistical arbitrage, market microstructure, trend following, momentum based, market making, machine learning
  • Evaluate problems and opportunities in global markets through the lenses of econometrics, psychology and statistics
  • Handle uncertainty focusing on risk management in trading
  • 27-35 hours of lecture content and 60-70 hours of course work


Learn to automate your trading strategies in this module of EPAT™. Again, a demanding module which is practical and hands-on, requiring participants to learn and practice Python for backtesting and execution of strategies. Leading experts such as Dr. Yves Hilpisch, author of the book ‘Python for Finance’, is one of the core faculty members for this module.

  • Introduction to automated trading platforms based on Python
  • Learn to write your own codes in Python
  • Object Oriented Programming and Useful Packages in Python for trading
  • Enables participant to implement strategies in the live trading environment
  • 18-24 hours of lecture content and 80-100 hours of course work

  • Participants will complete a project under mentorship of a practitioner/trader that involves ideation and creation of a trading strategy
  • The project topic qualifies for participant’s area of specialization and enhanced learning
  • Alternatively, participants can appear for final examination to qualify for certification

EPAT Faculty

Rajib Ranjan Borah

Globally Renowned Speaker in on Options, Derivatives & News Based Trading Research.

Dr. Ernest P. Chan

Author of ‘Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and Their Rationale’

Shaurya Chandra

Faculty for workshops on Algorithmic Trading programs conducted by Indian National Stock Exchange

Dr. Yves J. Hilpisch

Author of ‘Python for Finance – Analyze Big Financial Data’ published by O’Reilly

Nitesh Khandelwal

Co-Founder iRageCapital and QuantInsti. Expert in Inter-Market Studies.

Abhishek Kulkarni

Head of Quantitative Research department at QuantInsti. Leading analyst and quant expert.

Sameer Kumar

Sameer leads the Low Latency Programming division at iRageCapital Advisory Pvt Ltd.

Dr. Hui Liu

Author, IBridgePy, an open sourced software to trade with Interactive Brokers.

Radha Krishna Pendyala

Radha works as a Data Scientist at Thomson Reuters.


Gaurav Raizada

Gaurav is a Co-Founder & Director at QuantInsti & iRageCapital Advisory Pvt Ltd. Expert in Market Microstructure.



 
 
 
Rajib Ranjan Borah
Rajib Ranjan Borah

Rajib is the Co-founder & Director of iRage Capital Advisory Pvt Ltd & QuantInsti Quantitative Learning Pvt Ltd. At iRage, he leads the derivatives practice and works with exchanges, financial & educational institutions to design educational programs. He conducts workshops in United States, Europe and Asia.

     
     
     
    Dr. Ernest P. Chan
    Dr. Ernest P. Chan

    Ernie is the Author of ‘Quantitative Trading: How to Build Your Own Algorithmic Trading Business’ and ‘Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and their Rationale’, both published by John Wiley & Sons. Ernie also teaches courses and workshops in trading and finance in London, Singapore, amongst other countries.

       
       
       
      Shaurya Chandra
      Shaurya Chandra

      Shaurya is a Director at iRageCapital Advisory Pvt Ltd. He leads the firm’s advisory practice in India on research, strategy development and risk management. He has advised extensively with core focus on the statistical research strategy development backed by rigorous back testing and setting up systems and processes for risk management.

         
         
         
        Dr. Yves Hilpisch
        Dr. Yves Hilpisch
        Hilpisch is the founder and managing partner of The Python Quants GmbH, Germany, as well as co-founder of The Python Quants LLC., New York. As a graduate in Business Administration with a Dr.rer.pol. in Mathematical Finance, he lectures on Computational Finance.
           
           
           
          Nitesh Khandelwal
          Nitesh Khandelwal

          Nitesh has a rich experience in financial markets spanning across various asset classes in different roles. He is also the Co-founder of iRage Capital Advisory Pvt Ltd and QuantInsti Quantitative Learning Pvt Ltd. At QI he is also heads the department for training in derivatives & inter-market studies.

             
             
             
            Abhishek Kulkarni
            Abhishek Kulkarni
            Abhishek is the Head of Quantitative department at QuantInsti. He pursued Masters in Financial Mathematics at Dublin City University, Ireland. When he is not glued to time series analysis, he spends time playing chess, drawing portraits and trying very hard to play flute. He is currently teaching Quantitative modules in EPAT.
               
               
               
              Sameer Kumar
              Sameer Kumar

              Sameer is a C++ evangelist who designs and builds financial strategies with built-in intelligence. He leads the infrastructure development team along with the low latency programming division at iRage Capital Advisory Pvt Ltd. At QI, he shares his experience on low latency systems as well as strategies involving artificial intelligence.

                 
                 
                 
                Gaurav Raizada
                Gaurav Raizada

                Gaurav is a Director at iRage Capital Advisory Pvt Ltd and leads the firm’s advisory practice in India on systems, performance and strategies. He has consulted extensively with core focus on strategy development and execution, including trading systems development, latency reduction, optimization and transaction cost analysis.

                   
                   
                   
                  Dr. Hui Liu
                  Dr. Hui Liu

                  Author, IBridgePy, an open sourced software to trade with Interactive Brokers. Founder, Running River Investment LLC

                  Dr. Hui’s major trading interests are US equities and Forex market. Running River Investment LLC is a private hedge fund specialized in the development of automated trading strategies using Python. Hui is the author of IBridgePy, a famous Python trading platform that allows traders to implement their trading strategies quickly.

                  Dr. Hui Liu obtained his bachelor degree and master degree in materials science and engineering from Tsinghua University, China and Ph.D. from University of Virginia, U.S.A. His MBA was from Indiana University, U.S.A, and his study interest at Indiana was quantitative analysis.

                     
                     
                     
                    Radha Krishna Pendyala
                    Radha Krishna Pendyala

                    Radha works as a Data Scientist at Thomson Reuters. His work involves applying machine learning and quantitative financial modeling techniques to large datasets in order to solve specific problems in the financial sector. Prior to Reuters, he has worked as a portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He has more than a decade of experience in building financial and statistical models.

                    Radha has obtained his masters in financial engineering degree from City University of New York, a post graduate degree in management from Indian Institute of Management, Indore and a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

                      Success Stories

                      Jacques Francois Joubert

                      Quantitative Analyst at NMRQL,
                      South Africa

                      “I spent a great deal of time looking for the CFA equivalent for algorithmic trading and EPAT is the closest match. I loved how the course covered a wide range of topics. When I started the course I had plans to go back to university to study maths further but just before finishing the course I got hired by a coveted quantitative hedge fund as a quantitative analyst. A special thanks to the faculty.”

                      Marco Nicolás Dibo

                      CEO at Quanticko Trading S.A.
                      Argentina

                      "I am very happy with the support provided by the administration team. Faculty is greatly committed at resolving queries. Having worked at one of the leading brokerage houses, I would certainly want to get into algorithmic trading and this is where QuantInsti’s EPAT course will help me."

                      Aris Skliros

                      Associate at Morgan Stanley,
                      Hungary

                      "At Quantinsti, I learnt to develop quantitative strategies which can be used in Algorithmic & High Frequency trading. The faculty at Quantinsti is highly knowledgable. The insights which they bring into classroom from their experience as consultants are very valuable and make each lesson very effective. The online learning experience was quite good give me the flexibility for viewing the recordings of missed lectures."

                      Dr. Panashe Chiurunge

                      Founder, Chengetedzai Central
                      Securities Depository, Zimbabwe

                      "I am starting an Algorithmic and High-Frequency desk later on, so for me the best (part) was to get the actual experience and the knowledge on how to implement the strategies that would be useful on my own desks. In this program, you learn from the basics to advanced statistics. It is an amazing experience because you learn to work on the advanced trading platform which is used by many trading desks."

                      EPATTM Alumni Profile

                      We train participants who come from very rich and inter-disciplinary backgrounds both in terms of their academic background and their industry experience.

                      Students from all the inhabited continents have participated in EPAT™.

                      The course is designed for working professionals with a keen interest in financial markets and technological advancements. In every batch of EPAT™ we see a rich mix of traders, analysts, developers, quants, risk managers, founders, desk owners to provide a unique experience of interacting and networking with fellow participations.

                      Learning how to build a perfect trading strategy is one thing, but it is really the execution of ideas that separates the sheep from the goats. Our students have mastered the art of execution with projects, which are not only innovative but also ground breaking. They leverage the knowledge gained during the EPAT™ and transform them into original, ready-to-publish research works.

                      A few of the project topics recently completed as a part of EPAT™ coursework included:

                      • Development of Cloud-Based Automated Trading System with Machine Learning by Maxime Fages and Derek Wong
                      • Pair Trading Strategy and Backtesting using Quantstrat by Marco Nicolas Dibo

                      EPAT Admission

                      Who can apply?

                      QuantInsti’s Algo trading course is aimed for individuals working in, or intending to move into the buy or sell-side of business focusing on derivatives, quantitative trading, electronic market-making or trading related technology and risk management.
                      Executive Programme in Algorithmic Trading™ provides practical training to Quants, Traders Programmers, Fund Managers, Consultants, Financial Product Developers, Researchers and Algo Trading Enthusiasts. It provides insights on the fundamentals of quantitative trading and the technological solutions for implementing them.
                      Each participant who is accepted in the course has a high level of intellectual curiosity, a strong interest in finance, and strong analytical skills. Although there is no specific degree requirement, most participants will have backgrounds in quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, physical sciences, engineering, operations research, computer science, finance, or economics. Participants from other disciplines should have familiarity with calculus, spreadsheets and computational problem solving.

                      Admission Process

                      Prior to admission, a counselling session will be conducted that will focus on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of participants. These sessions do not necessarily decide the participants’ eligibility but help counsellors assist them with informed guidance prior to enrolment.

                      Admission Steps

                      EPAT Admission Process

                      Important Dates

                      Date Event
                      6th May ’17 Lectures begin for Batch 34 of EPAT
                      6th March ’17 Last date to avail Tier-1 Early Bird discount for Batch 34
                      6th April ’17 Last date to avail Tier-2 Early Bird discount for Batch 34
                      Programme Duration 4 + 2 Months (Classes + Project)

                      Early Bird Fees

                      Date Indian Residents Regular Fees
                      Till 6th March ’17 Rs. 1,45,000* $ 3,600
                      Till 6th April ’17 Rs. 1,60,000* $ 4,000
                      Till 6th May ’17 Rs. 1,70,000* $ 4,250

                      * Additional 15% Service Tax Applicable for Indian Resident Participants

                      Discounts are available for residents from emerging markets, contact us for more details at contact@quantinsti.com

                      Merit Based Discount on course fees are available based on your scholarship test score. Click here to avail

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                      Learning Experience

                      QuantInsti offers interactive online learning experience including live lectures, tutorials, problem solving interactions with faculty. Our Algorithmic Trading courses provide 24-hour access to all recorded lectures and program materials, accessible through your laptop, tablets & phones.

                      EPATTM live lectures are recorded and uploaded onto personalized learning portal. Each participant gets their own account, allowing him/her to access the following:

                      • Live & Recorded lectures
                      • Lecture notes, Stimulating exercises, additional reading material
                      • Sample code and spreadsheets
                      • Live one-to-one interactive lecturer support

                      The learning management system will track your learning and provides immediate feedback on your progress. A dedicated learning manager will regularly discuss your progress over call and chat to understand your queries and progress. Most tools and softwares used in the programme are open sourced and available for free to allow students to continue learning post course completion.

                      Why this Algo Trading Course?

                      • Practical Exposure – Acquire the knowledge, tools & techniques used by traders in the real world
                      • Expert teaching & support – The EPATTM faculty is an acclaimed team of academicians and professionals who are all specialists in the field
                      • Career Services - Our career services and job resources become available to you the moment you begin the program and last throughout your professional career

                      Six-months of Algorithmic Trading Training at QuantInstiTM

                      Life Long learning at QuantInstiTM

                      We promise lifelong learning to students post EPATTM completion, which comprise of:

                      • Access to a network of faculty and alumni, who are practitioners and researchers in Quantitative, Algorithmic and High Frequency Trading
                      • Reaching out to the industry members through our online communities, Linkedin groups
                      • Assistance in placement and career growth in the relevant roles
                      • Invitation to guest lectures which include new technological innovations, training to work on new platforms, advancement in the relevant field

                      FAQs

                      Over the past decade or so, Algorithmic trading has been adapted by various governments and exchanges globally. The market share of Algorithmic trading has been increasing ever since. It is expected that markets will become more efficient and exchanges will manage risk better in coming years as the industry adapts more technological advancements.

                      Benefits of QuantInsti’s Executive Programme in Algorithmic Trading include:

                      • Exposure to the various strategy paradigms which are used globally for Algorithmic trading
                      • Automate your trading strategies, by learning the tools & skills required to write and implement the strategies
                      • Get trained to start Algorithmic Trading on your own, as you learn everything from networking and the hardware aspect of HFT to regulatory environment for handling desk operations
                      • Career progression to algorithmic trading industry - Benefit from Placement Services at QuantInsti after successful completion of the program.
                      • Specialize in a specific asset class or strategy paradigm by undergoing a project under a faculty member who is an expert in the same domain

                      Thousands of course participants from over 35 countries working across different backgrounds such as financial markets, technology, and quantitative finance have benefited from the Algo trading courses offered by QuantInsti.

                      On successful completion of this Quantitative & Algorithmic trading course, participants would be conceptually comfortable with:

                      • Managing High Frequency Data and building econometric models
                      • Learn how to back-test, implement and trade advance quantitative strategies
                      • Using programming skills to build low latency trading systems
                      • Using statistical packages and integrating them to your trading system
                      • Understanding of market making, spread optimization, transaction cost analytics and advance risk management
                      • Using Option pricing models for running volatility books and make markets
                      • Electric blend of practical and theoretical knowledge

                      Course participants come from various backgrounds. We invite retail and professional traders to join our program and prepare for the future. The certificate will be of special interest to those working in the fields of Finance, Technology & Sciences under specializations that include - Traders, Hedge fund managers, Brokerage service providers, Data providers, Risk managers, Fund managers, Consultants; Coding experts, Financial product developers, Machine learning enthusiasts, Low latency software developers; and Mathematicians, Quant professionals, Actuarial scientists, respectively.

                      A personal machine with a good internet connection is all that is required to get started immediately. As soon as you enrol, you will be provided with learning material that will assist you through the entire duration of the program.

                      Successful students have given 15-20 hours per week to review and complete the course work within a period of 4 months before proceeding to 2 months of the project work.