Entrepreneurship is our common heritage
Alfred Escher founded one of Switzerland’s largest banks, Credit Suisse, and three of its largest insurance companies to finance and insure the Gotthard railway line and tunnel. Since there were not enough engineers available for this massive undertaking, he also co-founded the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).
In his spirit and in the best Swiss tradition, we embrace entrepreneurship and long term thinking in our organisation.
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ETH Zurich is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics university in Zurich, Switzerland. It was founded in 1854 with a stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, serve as a national center of excellence in science and technology and provide a hub for interaction between the scientific community and industry. 21 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to students or professors of the Institute in the past, the most famous of whom was Albert Einstein.
Since the 1990s, ETH Zurich has been supporting the foundation of companies based on its research achievements. The objective is to turn such research results into marketable products and to create qualified jobs.
Strategic partner of Credit Suisse Asset Management
Credit Suisse Asset Management is the asset management arm of a truly global financial powerhouse, with a footprint in 50 countries, and 47,000 employees from over 150 different nations.
The business offers investment solutions and services globally to various types of clients, including pension funds, governments, foundations and endowments, corporations and individuals, along with its private banking businesses. The asset management capabilities span a diverse range of asset classes, with a focus on traditional and alternative strategies.
1992-1995: Prof. Didier Sornette wins a contract with AEROSPATIALE / EADS (now Airbus Industries) to develop a prediction system for the rupture of pressure tanks embarked in the European Ariane rocket based on the analysis of acoustic emissions. This “rocket science” is the first step in the invention and development of LPPLS (Log Periodic Power Law Singularity) techniques for the prediction of complex systems.
1995-1998: While working as a professor at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), Prof. Didier Sornette introduced LPPLS for earthquake precursory analysis and forecasts.
2006: Prof. Didier Sornette joins ETH Zurich and launches a dynamical group to study the predictability and control of crises and extreme events in complex systems. The study is applied to financial bubbles and crashes, earthquake physics and geophysics, the dynamics of success on social networks and the complex system approach to medicine (immune system, epilepsy, etc.) toward the diagnostic of systemic instabilities.
2013: Prof. Didier Sornette and Qunzhi Zhang incorporate Sentiment Studies GmbH as an ETH Zurich spinoff to develop and deliver innovative applied science in the new field of behavioral financial indicators.
2014-2017: David Solo joins ETH Zurich spinoff team to help develop a unique set of LPPLS-based investment portfolio strategies.
2017: Experienced portfolio managers from Credit Suisse join forces with ETH Zurich spinoff team to finalize and operationalize the LPPLS-based investment portfolio strategies. Sentiment Studies GmbH is transformed into Systematic Investment Management AG, an independent joint venture between Credit Suisse Asset Management and the ETH Zurich spin-off.
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What makes us unique
We aspire to deliver superior investment performance and outstanding client service by applying cutting edge systematic approaches at the intersection of science and finance.
We are at the forefront of providing our clients with solutions that incorporate the latest scientific insights into the functioning of financial markets. Our approach is next-generation behavioral finance – we incorporate the collective behavior and interactions between decision makers in financial markets, leading to positive and negative hierarchical feedback dynamics between market participants. This in turn leaves detectable signatures in stock prices, leading to windows of limited predictability which we systematically exploit and harvest in our equity strategies.
We serve sophisticated investors around the globe by delivering investment solutions based on the systematic use of scientific insights. Our highly committed, interdisciplinary team is configured to deliver first-class performance and solutions to our clients through our ingrained focus on continuous R&D and technological progress. We offer an inspiring and stimulating place to work, encourage an open feedback culture and embrace entrepreneurial spirit.