Quant Fund or Metal Group?
January 13, 2021 8:14 AM   Subscribe

Online test. Can you differentiate Quant Fund Titles from Metal Band names? What is a Quant Fund? What is Metal Music?

Investopedia defines a Quant fund as:

"A quant fund is an investment fund that selects securities by utilizing the capabilities of advanced quantitative analysis. In quant funds, managers build customized models using software programs to determine investments for the fund."
    Key Information About Quant Funds:
  • A quant fund makes investment decisions based on the use of advanced quantitative analysis.
  • Managers utilize algorithms and custom-built computer models to pick their investments.
  • The popularity of quantitative analysis within funds has risen in recent years, due in part to the rising availability of market data.
  • Although quant funds utilize state of the art technology, the use of quantitative analysis dates back eight decades.
Wikipedia has the following to say about metal bands:

"Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, heavy metal bands developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and loudness. The lyrics and performances are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo."


Although Quant Funds don't utilize the 'Metal Ulmut' you might find guessing which thing is a Quant Fund and Which thing is a Metal Band name mildly amusing/distracting.

Enjoy
posted by Faintdreams (45 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
 
Hahahahahah. That was amazing. I know nothing about Quant Funds or Metal Bands and it was very difficult but still awesome.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:18 AM on January 13 [1 favorite]


41% after 20 guesses.. I cannot believe Old Growth *and* Carnation were metal bands. But they are fucking metal.
posted by skewed at 8:25 AM on January 13 [8 favorites]


80% after 10. \m/
posted by Special Agent Dale Cooper at 8:31 AM on January 13


This is highly entertaining. I am severely bad at this! Great post!
posted by riverlife at 8:36 AM on January 13


I'm at 20% after 20 guesses, which is amazing.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:39 AM on January 13 [1 favorite]


66.3% after 35 guesses.
posted by slogger at 8:44 AM on January 13


delivers the goods
posted by djseafood at 8:54 AM on January 13 [2 favorites]


Wow that could be surprisingly hard. Creators of that website - I salute you.
posted by Ashwagandha at 9:02 AM on January 13


I like the little chart showing your cumulative average. After 20 guesses (and I do mean guesses), I was at 55%. However, my first guess was right so for a brief glorious moment I was batting 1.000, baby!

As with so many endeavours in my life, I started out strong and then sort of futzed about until I tapered off into mediocrity and eventually lost interest. Sadness.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:04 AM on January 13 [10 favorites]


I like to imagine there is somewhere in the world a guy who works the arbitrage desk at Morgan Stanley by day and plays in a Slayer tribute band by night who is thinking that this is a stupidly obvious quiz.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:08 AM on January 13 [25 favorites]


I think from now on all financial institutions should be umlauted. Mörgan Stänley.
posted by Cardinal Fang at 9:12 AM on January 13 [9 favorites]


Wall Street trader type here. I was only at 75%. To some, these must all sound like Metal Bands. To me, they all sound like Quant funds. The greeks are usually Quant funds.
posted by AugustWest at 9:14 AM on January 13 [12 favorites]


I'm at 20% after 20 guesses, which is amazing.
Sounds like the tl;dr explanation of Quant funds.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 9:14 AM on January 13 [28 favorites]


Ahhh so if have only 1 right out of 10. Disappointingly the one I got right was Wolverine. I said Quant, but really in my heart wanted it to be metal.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 9:28 AM on January 13


I too was batting a thousand til I got to 'Old Growth', and then it all just fell apart.
posted by Flashman at 9:32 AM on January 13 [3 favorites]


I am so bad at this. Incredible. Somehow I'm both the least metal person in the world and also the least quant fund.
posted by that's candlepin at 9:56 AM on January 13 [7 favorites]


I got like 75 percent and then they started repeating. I am semi-knowledgeable about metal. I am not knowledgeable about finance, though I could probably name three or four big funds offhand.

A couple of these, like “Knight,” are almost certainly both.
posted by atoxyl at 10:31 AM on January 13 [2 favorites]


Didn't fare well. The difficulty level is reminiscent of the (now defunct) Brunching Shuttlecocks quiz "Christian Metal Band or Star Trek Episode?"
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:34 AM on January 13 [3 favorites]


Among the more enjoyable 6/10 results I've gotten!
posted by Caxton1476 at 10:35 AM on January 13


I used to work in the hedge fund industry and I own multiple King Diamond albums and this quiz still kicked my ass.
posted by saladin at 10:35 AM on January 13 [3 favorites]


sadly not metal but quant
Pete Muller
posted by JPD at 11:03 AM on January 13


Very fun. Oddly doesn't include Pantera, the quant fund! (okay, it's sort of a VC/hedge fund/crypto thing, but still… Pantera.)
posted by tmcw at 11:10 AM on January 13 [4 favorites]


Very fun. Oddly doesn't include Pantera, the quant fund! (okay, it's sort of a VC/hedge fund/crypto thing, but still… Pantera.)

"Mouth for VAR" is a great track.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:19 AM on January 13 [4 favorites]


Something like this was one of my favorite road trip games with my friends, I'd pull up any random genre playlist on spotify or whatever, and alternate between making up band names and reading the really embarrassing ones. No offense to anyone who is fond of the genre, but any sort of metal is very easy to trick people into thinking that band exists.
posted by FirstMateKate at 11:48 AM on January 13 [1 favorite]


The best band name is of course PARTY CANNON
posted by seanmpuckett at 12:01 PM on January 13 [4 favorites]


70% after ten guesses. My best strategy, I found, was to bet against my instincts every time.
posted by Paul Slade at 12:18 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


Wrong! Trivium is a fucking metal band.

(sorry for the spoilers) but it's also the name of an early stage under the radar all bitcoin ponzi hedge fund for investors looking for huge untaxable invisible profit, prove me wrong. ;-)
posted by sammyo at 12:27 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


I Hail Satan more than the average bear and this still kicked my ass.
posted by hototogisu at 12:48 PM on January 13 [1 favorite]


Faintdreams: "Although Quant Funds don't utilize the 'Metal Ulmut' "

Metal Ulmut is totally a quant fund.
posted by chavenet at 12:55 PM on January 13 [3 favorites]


I can’t believe there’s a quant fund named Cannibal Corpse.
posted by migurski at 1:25 PM on January 13 [6 favorites]


There are multiple metal bands named Duality, so I dislike when the quiz claims it's just a quant
posted by ymgve at 2:25 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


Yeah there’s definitely a metal band called Citadel as well.
posted by skycrashesdown at 3:11 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


I Hail Satan more than the average bear and this still kicked my ass.

And if you were little more bullish you might have fared better.
posted by pwnguin at 5:46 PM on January 13 [3 favorites]


Just texted the link to my financial advisor, who happens to be a metalhead.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:08 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


I'm a metal head but only got about 75% correct. I had heard of a good number of the metal bands but zero of the Quant funds. \oo/
posted by a humble nudibranch at 7:56 PM on January 13


I Hail Satan more than the average bear and this still kicked my ass.

Quant Funds vs. Metal
Which is More Satanic? Quant Funds.
posted by otherchaz at 8:45 PM on January 13


Yeah there’s definitely a metal band called Citadel as well

Yeah, according to Metal Archives there are four. Very fun quiz, but not entirely accurate.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:43 AM on January 14 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter: Very fun quiz, but not entirely accurate.
posted by chavenet at 1:16 AM on January 14 [3 favorites]


I used to follow both metal and quant funds fairly closely but it's been at least 10 years.
Didn't really help that much. Metal is a rapidly changing landscape, I guess.
Plateaued at 70% after 20 or so questions and ping-ponged around that level.
posted by martin q blank at 5:37 AM on January 14


This is brilliant. I'm in this industry (financial, not metal) and I missed a bunch!
posted by weirdly airport at 7:01 AM on January 14


Why is this so hard?!?!?
posted by zzazazz at 11:32 AM on January 14


Well, obviously I need to start cooking up some new band names. For posterity

The Present Value of Eternal Damnation
Satanical Arbitrage
Spine Interpretation
The Bisection Method
Improprietary Trades
A Random Walk Down Whitechapel
Initial Public Offering
Statistical Decomposition
Scedasticities
The Price of Evil
posted by pwnguin at 12:10 PM on January 14


I built a similar quiz with international relations books and metal albums a few years back; it was good fun.

E.g. "Leashing the Dogs of War" - Metal album or IR monograph?

How about "Herding Cats?"
posted by aspersioncast at 12:38 PM on January 14


No, I cannot!
posted by piyushnz at 7:27 PM on January 14



Thanks Augustwest I looked up your comment, The greeks are usually Quant funds on Wikipedia.
I guess with the Federal Reserve owning 90% of Government paper this financial investment has heavy metal levels /theta levels of volatility
posted by Narrative_Historian at 12:03 AM on January 15


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