The above list is based on quotes by Quora community. The list is not based on a study of actual performance data and any defined standards of best. The publicly available information on the performance of some of the funds managed by some of the fund managers mentioned above may be considered average/poor. The list above also does not take into account qualitative factors. Hence the list above may be viewed as a list of best perceived Quant shops or well known Quant shops rather than best Quant funds.

Note: Jump Trading, Virtu, Jane Street, Hudson River Trading, Tower Research are all quant/high-freq trading firms, not the typical hedge funds as we thought.

RG Niederhoffer Capital is widely considered by those in the know to be one of the very best. Yes, Roy is the younger brother of Victor Niederhoffer – himself the worlds number one hedge-fund manager at many intervals in the past.

Some of the best quant funds are actually market-makers. Firms like Getco are enormous and fly almost entirely under the radar. SIG etc also very good.

FInally, some of the best performing quant funds will, by definition, be the ones youve not heard of. Smaller size generally allows you the ability to trade more profitably on your absolute capital base (shoving around 20 million dollars very different to pushing around 5 billion). Its a bit of survivor bias, too. Most new money in the industry goes to funds 5bn AUM even though those funds underperform on average.

It also depends on what you define as best; do you mean absolute performance? Sharpe ratio? Minimum drawdown? Lowest absolute correlation to broader market?

Thats why I vote for RG Niederhoffer; think they satisfy the broadest range of the above.

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