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Databento Interview Spotlights Clemens Kownatzki's Expertise in Quantitative Trading

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In a recent installment Databento’s “Quants Worth Following” interview series, Pepperdine Graziadio faculty member Clemens Kownatzki highlighted key aspects of the quantitative trading industry. Kownatzki, drawing from his extensive background in academia and the financial services sector, provided valuable insights into derivatives pricing, volatility forecasting, and option pricing.

Throughout the interview, Kownatzki shared his journey from being a market maker to academia, highlighting the seamless integration of theory and practical application in his research. He emphasized the critical role of volatility in shaping trading strategies and risk management, offering nuanced perspectives derived from his hands-on experience in the industry.

Surprising revelations emerged as Kownatzki delved into his early passion for music and its unexpected intersection with his career in finance. This unique blend of interests underscored the importance of creativity and innovation in navigating the complex landscape of quantitative finance.

In addition to sharing career advice emphasizing the significance of technical and social skills, Kownatzki offered recommendations for books, papers, and podcasts, enriching the knowledge base of aspiring professionals in the field.

Read more of the interview or watch the interview here