All Posts By Emmanuel Marot

Now Showing: Historical Performance

“Backtesting”: both an exciting and a dreadful word. Exciting, because when we design an algorithmic investing strategy, we’re eager to show how it should perform. When we released the first iteration of the LendingRobot algorithm in 2014, we did not have any trading history.

Our Clients Are Awesome

Today, we sent a ‘Monthly Report’ to our clients. This is the kind of info they should have received: Expected Return: 9.04%, Expected Value in 12 months: \$136.412. Instead we sent something like that: Expected Return: 0.00%, Expected Value in 12 months: \$-14,450,428,383,661.

The Multi-Armed Platform Problem

Or why pizzas and loans create the same conundrum… Our life as investors (or investment advisor) would be much, much simpler if we had no choice in the kind of assets we buy (but probably no ‘raison d’être’).

Hammering the Final Nail in the ‘Peer Lending’ Coffin

Lending Club recently announced the launch of a new type of credit: auto loans. This is great news,… except for the individual Peer Lending investor, who remains without access to this investment opportunity. Again. Perhaps this change was inevitable, as technology originally designed to serve the individual investor has evolved to deal with its own success. Peer-to-Peer as an impetus…

What is the value of a Portfolio?

Alas, Bob is not anymore the trustworthy friend he used to be, and you may have doubts about his ability (or willingness) to pay you back. For instance, if he was supposed to give you some money yesterday, but you haven’t heard from him and he’s not even answering your calls. In that case, you would be very happy to offload me the loan for \$120 or even \$100, but I wouldn’t buy it at that price.