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Quants, the alchemists of Wall Street

Saturday 09th October 2010 from 19h30 to 21h00
Salle 1 / Auditorium

Directed by
Marije Meerman
Produced by

Documentary, Netherlands, 2010, 50 min

Audacity Prize

What are the risks of treating the economy and its markets as a complex machine? Will we be able to keep control of this model-based financial system, or have we created a monster? Quants are the smart math wizards and computer programmers in the engine room of our global financial system who designed the financial products that almost crashed Wall Street. The credit crunch has shown how the global financial system has become increasingly dependent on mathematical models trying to quantify human (economic) behaviour. Now the quants are back to business in yet another technological revolution in finance: high frequency trading or trading at the speed of light. A story about greed, fear and randomness from the insides of Wall Street.


Debate with :

  • Marije Meerman, director
  • Gerko Wessel, documentary researcher
  • Christophe Michel, head of Quant at Crédit Agricole CIB