Pioneer in Quantitative Finance and Algo Trading in Asia

We believe in creating stable
and sustainable investment returns
Rigorous risk management
is the priority of our business
Technology has always been in our DNA,
and will continue to take
center stage at our business

ALGO TRADING

New Paradigm

Because of the global economic integration, as well as the soaring role of internet and rapid deployment of technology in the past decade, the ways how we invest have been changed. Paradigm changes in both market infrastructure and investment behavior are therefore observed:

  • In the capital markets, inter-linkages among global markets as well as free and timely fund flow appear.
  • In the aspect of information, information asymmetry is minimized and dissemination of information becomes rapid.
  • For the Government, there is a higher level of intervention, free market rules and norms are changed and interrelation with black swan events appears.

In order to be successful in today’s investment environment, we have to emphasise the capabilities of:

Practice on a diverse spectrum
of investment strategies
Viewing them from
a global perspective
Simultaneously checking on
multiple market conditions
Advanced
technology adoption
Big data analytics & information
processing for timely decision making
Rigorous risk
management
Ultra-low
latency
Accurate trading
execution
Avoiding emotional investing and
human errors resulted from sudden events,
such as political incidences

Unsurprisingly, a market trend shifting from traditional investment funds to algo based funds in the recent years is seen.

The approaches of traditional investment funds are changed as below:

Traditional Approach Algo Approach
Bottom up research Big data research & analytics
Product selection Identify patterns and opportunities – formation of strategy
Trading decision based on personal views and experience Construct quant models generate trading signals automatically
Portfolio construction using subjective approach Portfolio construction using analytical approach
Monitoring Real-time performance and risk monitoring

ABOUT US

Our Business

CASH Algo Finance Group Ltd. (“CAFG”) is a member of Celestial Asia Securities Holdings Ltd. (“CASH Group”, SEHK: 1049). Established in 1972, the CASH Group is a leading multi-faceted service conglomerate, with solid foundation in financial services industry. CAFG marries expertise in financial markets with innovation in technology, engaging leading edge FinTech to create superior and sustainable value for investors.

As the Asia pioneer in quantitative and algorithmic trading, CAFG has been delivering stable returns since 2009, through multiple rounds of market turbulence. Such proven track record is backed by strong infrastructure R&D and active adoption of disruptive technology. CAFG has established a one-stop platform in-house for the entire investment lifecycle, supporting data analytics, strategy deployment, smart execution and robust risk management.

Our Unique Strengths

As a first mover in the field, we have the unique strengths to combine the following key success factors:

Big Data Analytics

Better trading decisions can be brought as they are driven by mathematical / statistical models built upon big data analytics and thorough research on market behavior.

Low latency system

Reaction to market events faster than the competition increases trade profitability.

Time Series Database

The time series database of CAFG supports the research & development, trading process and the post-trade analysis.

Real-Time Risk Management

Application of in-house risk monitoring interface and a centralised market/trading data analytics system help minimise risk around trading decisions. Our risk management mechanism includes both pre-trade controls and post-trade monitoring. Pre-trade controls are adopted in strategy development, trading execution and capital management, followed by immediate risk detection through post-trade monitoring.

Direct Access to World’s Major Exchanges

CAFG is the only FinTech house in Hong Kong which has direct access into the major exchanges in the world, including CME, Börse Frankfurt, SGX, HKEx, and SSE, bringing bigger profits to our clients with fast response to a wide range of markets.

Diversified Portfolio

CAFG has a versatile platform supporting various types of strategies to be adopted for different products.
Strategies: High Frequency Trading, Cross-Market Models, Low Latency Requirements, Calculate Precision, etc
Products: Options and Futures, Commodity Futures (Metals), Commodity Futures (Agriculture), Funds (Exchange Traded Funds / Exchange Traded Note/ Mutual Funds, etc.),Equity,Fixed Income and Derivative Warrants, etc

Our One-Stop Algo Trading Solution

With our One-Stop Algo Trading Solution, we are committed to creating stable and sustainable investment returns for our clients.

1. Back Testing (Historical Data)

A simulation of trading strategy is done on relevant past data in order to gauge its effectiveness.

2. Paper Trade Testing (Real-Time Market Data Feed)

Real-time market data is used to test the effectiveness of the trading strategy.

3. Pilot Testing & Pre-production Risk Assessment

Pilot testing is a trial run of the trading process which can help catch potential problems.

Pre-production Risk Assessment is conducted to identify any risks that could occur during the trading process.

4. Co-location at Global Exchanges

World’s major exchanges are connected to the CAFG.

5. Risk Controls

Risk controls are applied on different levels to minimize the risks.

6. Production (Order & Execution)

The strategy is executed.

Key Development

  • 1998– Corporate mission of CASH Group (HKSE:1049) set to marry advanced technology with financial services
  • 2009– CAFG, a pioneer in Asia,founded
  • - The first algo-trading strategy launched
  • - Expanded into global markets/products: equities, derivatives, commodities, index futures, currencies, etc.
  • 2014 – Research center set up at the Hong Kong Science Park
  • - Research & Development on one-stop trading solutions platform and a wide spectrum of trading strategies
  • - Grew to 6 trading teams and over 30 trading strategies
  • 2016– Granted SFC License on Asset Management

Our Vision

Re-define the financial market

  • The world’s leading innovative trading infrastructure
  • Across multiple channels, times zones and borders
  • Low latency, high resilience and security

Be the pioneer in quantitative finance & algo trading

  • Add value with personalised quant models and algo trading experience
  • Leverage innovative ICT capabilities and a team of world-class professionals

Perform our social responsibilities

  • Educate and promote quantitative finance amongst students
  • Empower their career growth

Professional Management

Dr. Bankee Kwan, JP
Chairman
DBA (Hon), MBA, BBA, FFA, FHKSI, CPM(HK), FHKIM

Dr Kwan is responsible for devising the overall business strategy of the Group. Dr Kwan has extensive experience in corporate management, strategic planning, marketing management, financial advisory and banking. An MBA graduate from The Murdoch University of Perth, Australia and a BBA graduate from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr Kwan was also conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree in Business Administration. Dr Kwan is also a fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants, UK; the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute and the Hong Kong Institute of Marketing (HKIM). He is a Certified Professional Marketer (HK) of HKIM.

Dr Kwan is a firm believer in youth education and development. He is a John Harvard fellow of the Harvard University, US; a member of the Harvard University Asia Center Advisory Committee; a trustee of New Asia College of The Chinese University of Hong Kong; an honorary fellow of The Open University of Hong Kong; a member of the Court of City University of Hong Kong, an Adjunct Professor of Hang Seng Management College and an advisory professor and a honorary member of the Board of Trustees of Nanjing University. Dr Kwan is also an honorary advisor of several higher education institutions, including the LiPACE of The Open University of Hong Kong and the Academy of Oriental Studies of Peking University

In addition to education, Dr Kwan is also active in serving the community. Currently, he is the deputy chairman of the Business Facilitation Advisory Committee (BFAC) and also the convenor of the Wholesale and Retail Task Force (WRTF) of BFAC; a non-executive director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA); a standing committee member and deputy convener (Hong Kong and Macao Members) of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Shanghai Committee; executive vice president of Hong Kong-Shanghai Economic Development Association; a Justice of Peace (JP) of the HKSAR; a member of the Election Committee for the Fourth and the Fifth Term of the Chief Executive Election of the HKSAR; a director, honorary advisor and past chairman of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association (HKRMA); a member of the Minimum Wage Commission (MCW); the Small and Medium Enterprises Committee (SMEC), Trade and Industry Department and the Organising Committee of the HKMA/TVB Awards for Marketing Excellence. Dr Kwan has also been a member of the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the HKSAR and an honorary advisor of the CEPA Business Opportunities Development Alliance.

In December 2009, Dr Kwan was named “Entrepreneur of the Year 2009” in the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards as organised by Enterprise Asia, which recognised his outstanding entrepreneurial success and significant contributions to economic life and society. In April 2016, Dr Kwan was named “Man of the Year for Leadership in Asia” by IAIR, the world’s leading financial magazine. The annual IAIR Awards recognise outstanding professionals who actively promote excellences in innovation and sustainability. In August 2018, he was bestowed with the “World Outstanding Chinese Award” organised by World Chinese Business Investments Foundation, which recognised his great contribution to the global Chinese society.

Prof. Hilton Chan
CEO
PhD

Prof. Chan is responsible for steering the Group’s strategic business direction. He is one of the pioneers in FinTech, computer forensics and information intelligence with solid operational experience in IT-Business strategies and architectural design, Algo trading IT-Business infrastructure, digital wallet apps using BlockChain and crypto-currency, and the FinTech/InsurTech infrastructure deployment. Prof. Chan received a Doctorate Degree of Philosophy in Information System Management from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Bernard Law
Executive Director
MBA, FCCA, FCPA, FHKSI

Mr Law is in charge of leading corporate development projects of the Group. Mr Law has extensive experience in financial management and accountancy. He received a Master of Business Administration Degree from The University of Warwick, UK. He is a fellow member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a fellow of Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.

Dr. Alfred Ma
Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer
PhD, MPhil, BSc, CFA, PRM, ASA

Dr Ma is responsible for algo trading development. He has extensive experience in the field of financial engineering. He received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Operations Research from the Columbia University, a Master of Philosophy Degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Lewis Li
Chief Financial Officer
BBus, CPA(Aus), CPA

Mr Li is responsible for overseeing the Group’s overall financial and accounting management. Mr Li has extensive experience in the fields of financial and accounting management. He received a Bachelor of Business Degree from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. He is a Certified Practising Accountant of Australia and a Certified Public Accountant of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Angela Wong
Director, Administration
EMBA, CFA

Ms Wong is in charge of the operations of CASH Algo Finance Group. Ms Wong is an Executive MBA of Tsinghua University, Beijing and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She has extensive experience in financial services and wealth management in North America, Hong Kong and Mainland China.

OUR CLIENTS

Our clients are like-minded professional investors:

  • High Net Wealth Individuals
  • Endowment Fund investors
  • Pension Fund investors
  • Sovereign Fund investors

Together with our clients, we would achieve investment goals of:

  • Stable return
  • Rigorous risk control
  • Strict Discipline

Our team and clients share the belief in rule-based methodologies, empowering mathematical and statistical models driven by advanced technology.

MEDIA

The following articles are the media coverage of CAFG:

INCUBATION

We provide an algo incubation service to assist algo traders, quant strategists, and academia who want to research, develop, test and launch their trading ideas. We can help to develop and program the trading strategies, execute trades, provide funding, control risks, as well as supporting legal, operational and administrative matters.

For algo traders who have existing models, we can provide back-test and verification services to test out the models in other markets.

Co-operation with Universities

CAFG co-operates with colleges and universities from world’s top-notched institutions including:

  • Boston University
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong

(listed in alphabetical order)

CONTACT US

If you are interested in finding out more about our services, please contact us at:

28/F, Manhattan Place, 23 Wang Tai Road

Kownloon Bay, Hong Kong

Unit 518, 5/F, No.12 Science Park West Avenue

Hong Kong Science Park, Hong Kong

Unit 405-414, Level 4,

Core E, Cyberport 3,

No. 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

Room 201, Block A, No.1, 1 Qianwan Road, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Cooperation Zone, Shenzhen, P.R.China

Room 108, 26 Jiafeng Road, China (Shanghai) Pilot Free-Trade Zone, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, P.R.China

Tel: (852) 2287 8888 Fax: (852) 2287 8000

Email: info@cashalgo.com

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