Quantal International, Inc
Quantal International Inc. offers a suite of advanced portfolio-analytics to meet the needs of clients from the investment management industry, together with highly effective on-going customer support and solutions services. Core financial technology consists of global "hybrid" multi-factor models for equities and Government bond returns. The hybrid model combines the accuracy of a latent factor specification -- where common risk factors that cause stocks to move together are inferred from those stock co-movements -- with the explanatory power of a model in which risk exposures are attributed to cross-sectional characteristics. Forward-looking information in implied volatility indexes like VIX are incorporated. Quantal's tried and tested risk forecasts allow users to solve a wide range of portfolio and basket trading objectives, ranging from discovery of unseen factor exposures and stress testing through portfolio tilts to factors that are "best bets" through portfolio rebalancing that incorporates a wide set of client objectives.
We have an exceptionally strong research and development team with key Ph.D. technical strength, and close ties with Stanford and UC Berkeley, world renowned academic institutions. Our knowledgeable and trained personnel provide customized support and consulting services that allow our clients to achieve their individual investment objectives.
We are headquatered in 'sunny' San Francisco, California.
Terry Marsh, President & CEO
Paul Pfleiderer, Co-Founder
Terry Marsh co-founded Quantal International in the 1990s to deliver world-class investment solutions to the institutional market. Terry received his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) and University Medal from the University of Queensland in Australia. Terry served on the finance faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business until 2005, and is a former chairman of the Finance Group there. He is presently an Emeritus Professor of Finance at Berkeley. Before joining Berkeley, Terry was an Associate Professor of Finance at MIT. He received a Batterymarch Fellowship and was a National Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He has consulted for the New York Stock Exchange, the Options Clearing Corporation, Banamex, and the Industrial Bank of Japan, and was a member of the Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms that investigated the October 1987 stock market crash. Terry was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo in 1993, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fixed Income, the Journal of Investing, and the Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies. He is a Member of the Advisory Board for Studies in Economics and Finance, a Board Member of the Japan Society of Northern California, and a Member of the Rosebrook Capital Advisory Board.
Rishi Srivastava, Chief Technology Officer
Rishi Srivastava’s experience scales from early startup to mid-size enterprise, ranging from building global workforce, inspiring and leading large diverse teams in a dynamic fast-paced environment, to strategic planning and execution of product roadmap. His key strengths are Project / People / Product Management, Business Analysis and Technology Assessment. He has more than 20 years of commercial enterprise software experience, in areas like Portfolio Analytics and Factor Based Risk Models, and Financial Services.
His early startup work experience at Extensity Inc., was as a Lead Engineer in the core-technology team, where he invented technologies like Group Based Data (US Patent), Workflow Engine (US Patent), and Bob (Extensity Business-Object) Inheritance mechanism. Extensity had a successful IPO and was later acquired by Infor.
As CTO of Quantal Inc, he manages and coordinates large cross-project local and remote development teams responsible for Quantal Risk Analytic enterprise products. He also initiated and completed the migration of Quantal’s on-prem platform to the AWS cloud. He has extensive hands-on experience in building full-stack SaaS based highly scalable secure enterprise web applications using AWS technologies.
Paul has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. He is a Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and C.O.G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and served as Head of the finance group from 1995 to 2002. Paul's research interests are in market microstructure and the design of financial markets, disclosure regulation, corporate finance and venture capital, and portfolio theory and portfolio optimization. He was awarded a Batterymarch Fellowship in 1987. Paul teaches in Stanford's Executive Program, and has consulted for a number of financial institutions.
Larry Tint, Chairman
Lawrence Tint is the President of Cantor Comparative Advantage, LP, as well a Partner and Senior Managing Director of Cantor Fitzgerald, LP. Larry served as Vice-Chairman, US CEO and member of the Global Management Committee of Barclays Global Investors (BGI), now part of BlackRock, between 1990 and 2000. At BGI Larry conceived, patented and introduced Lifepath Funds, the industry’s first target date funds, now accounting for more than half of all 401k contributions. Larry also conceived and introduced iShares, the market leading issuer of exchange traded funds and one of the most successful new financial products of all time. Before BGI, he served as President of Sharpe-Tint, Inc. an investment management and consulting company he started together with Nobel laureate William F. Sharpe. His industry experience also includes senior research and development roles at Wells Fargo, Trust Company of the West, Wilshire Associates and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Tint has served as a member of the Haverford College Board of Managers and as chairman of the Haverford College Investment Committee. He has also served as a member of the Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Business Board of Visitors and is on the Board of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Mr. Tint received his AB in economics from Haverford College in 1967 and his MBA in finance and operations research from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972.