I haven't managed (or perhaps bothered) to work out slack: you seem to have to have a paid subscription? Also I am very puzzled by “Broadcast”. Only one system there? For python at least? Had not realised there is no S&P 500 universe.
It all seems very inactive and Jared and his mates seem pretty slow to answer questions. Probably setting up Lean or Zipline in the clud is the best alternative and buying your own data? But is it worth it? Last time I tried with Zipline I gave up in frustration - perhaps it's now improved and uses docker or at least some better method of deployment.
Frankly, looking at all the track records of all the hedge funds and CTAs out there over the years I wonder whether the whole enterprise is worth it anyway. It is well worth it if you are a manager of course - your big profits come through management fees.
But as an individual trader? Well there you either have to shoot the lights out on a small amount of capital and take the risk of blow up or deploy a large amount of capital and settle for lower vol, lower returns.
And let's face it, given the huge, overwhelming number of professional and amateur quants and coders out there these days, is much left to be discovered? I think not.
I'm a strong believer in AI in the long term
But even then, even if we had general AI, would it necessarily have any better method of prediction? I don't know.
For me it all boils down to one simple observation: outperformance / performance is highly probably mean reverting. Here today gone tomorrow. And I do not believe any amount of clever maths or statistics will change that.
Hence in my view one probably wants to stick to a simple carry trade and hedge it to the best of one's ability with non correlated (ha ha) assets. Anything else is probably great for marketing but probably not much better over the very long term than a traditional 60/40 or simple risk parity approach.
Which is why I have re-named myself the financial grynch.
Call me a spoilsport but I have seen too much hype over the years and been in and out of too many hedge fund investments and strategies to believe otherwise.
Nothing wrong with Quant, nothing wrong with analysis. But if I was younger and keener and enjoyed people contact I would concentrate on building AUM in a low vol, relatively simple, unexciting fund and make my money that way. Now that IS a carry trade.
And good luck to Q: I wish I had the energy and people skills to tag along.