My Professional Experience as a Quantitative Analyst Intern at Findoc Financial Services

My Professional Experience as a Quantitative Analyst Intern at Findoc Financial Services

 Praduman AGRAWAL

In this article, Praduman AGRAWAL (ESSEC Business School, Visiting Scholar, Summer 2024) shares his professional experience as a Quantitative Analyst Intern at Findoc Financial Services.

About the Company

Findoc Group offers both institutional and retail clients quality products and services that cover equity trading, derivative trading, commodity trading, currency trading, IPOs, and mutual fund investments. Findoc Group also offers depository services through NSDL to create a seamless transaction platform. Trades executed through the Findoc Group companies are settled through the Findoc Group Depository Participant. Findoc Group is also involved in business through Findoc Finvest Private Limited (NBFC) for activities such as loan against shares, loan against property, and loan against gold, among other loan services.

Findoc team focuses on providing long-term value addition to its clients while maintaining the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. With a vision to earn a name that represents trust, growth, and passion, Findoc Group practices transparent business operations and prioritizes client satisfaction. Their professional approach emphasizes long-term relationships with clients, constantly generating value-added features without passing the cost burden to the clients.

Logo of the company.
Logo of Findoc Financial Services
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About the Department

At Findoc Financial Services, I was part of the Quantitative Analysis department, specifically within the quantitative desk. Our team was dedicated to developing and implementing trading strategies focused on the Forex pair. My role involved designing a portfolio of trading strategies for USDINR aimed at reducing unsystematic risk through diversification. Using Easy Language on TradeStation, I coded these strategies incorporating a range of indicators such as Bollinger Bands, MACD, VWAP, and RSI, which I customized to fit our specific needs. In addition to the technical aspects, my work also delved into economic analysis and trading psychology, ensuring a comprehensive approach to strategy development. Utilizing 20 years of historical data, I meticulously conducted backtesting and forward testing, rigorously evaluating the effectiveness of our strategies and refining them for optimal performance.

My Internship

During my internship at Findoc Financial Services, I was entrusted with the development and implementation of trading strategies for the Forex market, specifically focusing on the USDINR currency pair. My primary responsibilities included coding trading strategies using Easy Language on TradeStation, backtesting these strategies using historical data, and performing forward testing to validate their effectiveness in real-time market conditions.

My Missions

My main mission was to develop a diversified portfolio of trading strategies aimed at reducing non-systematic risk. This involved extensive coding, data analysis, and testing to ensure the strategies were robust and effective. I also conducted economic analysis and considered trading psychology to enhance the strategies further.

Required Skills and Knowledge

During my internship, I honed a blend of soft and hard skills essential for success in quantitative analysis and trading strategy development. Effective communication was crucial for collaboration and presenting findings to stakeholders. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills were indispensable when encountering challenges in data analysis or strategy development. Adaptability was key as market conditions and requirements often changed, requiring flexibility in approach and strategy. Attention to detail was essential for ensuring accuracy in data analysis and coding of trading algorithms.

On the hard skills front, proficiency in programming languages such as Easy Language for TradeStation was fundamental for coding and testing trading strategies. A strong understanding of statistical methods and financial mathematics was necessary for designing robust strategies and interpreting results accurately. Expertise in data analysis tools and techniques facilitated thorough backtesting and forward testing of strategies. Additionally, a deep understanding of financial markets, including factors influencing currency movements, was essential for developing effective trading strategies.

What I Learned

Throughout my internship, I gained a deeper understanding of trading strategies and the technical and economic factors influencing currency markets. I learned the importance of rigorous testing and validation of strategies to ensure their effectiveness in real-time trading. Additionally, I developed valuable skills in programming, data analysis, and financial market analysis, which are crucial for a career in quantitative finance.

Financial Concepts Related to My Internship


Diversification is the practice of spreading investments across different assets to reduce risk. In my role, I developed a portfolio of trading strategies for the USDINR currency pair. Each strategy had its unique approach and risk profile. By employing multiple strategies simultaneously, we aimed to diversify the risk associated with any single strategy. This concept directly links to my job as I focused on building a diversified portfolio of trading strategies to mitigate unsystematic risk.

Technical Indicators

Technical indicators are mathematical calculations based on historical price, volume, or open interest data. These indicators are used by traders to predict future price movements. In my role, I utilized various technical indicators such as Bollinger Bands, MACD, VWAP, and RSI to develop trading strategies for the USDINR pair. These indicators provided insights into market trends, momentum, volatility, and overbought/oversold conditions, which informed our trading decisions. Understanding and effectively using these indicators was crucial for building successful trading strategies.

Backtesting and Forward Testing

Backtesting involves testing a trading strategy using historical data to assess its performance. Forward testing, on the other hand, involves testing the strategy in real-time with live market data. In my role, I conducted both backtesting and forward testing of the trading strategies I developed. By analyzing past market data spanning 20 years, I assessed how well the strategies would have performed historically. Forward testing then allowed me to validate the strategies in real-time market conditions before implementation. The ability to conduct rigorous backtesting and forward testing was essential for evaluating the viability and effectiveness of our trading strategies.

Why Should I Be Interested in This Post?

If you love mathematics and finance, then a role as a Quantitative Analyst is a great fit for you. It broadens your horizon by offering different perspectives on financial markets. You will learn how small events can lead to significant changes in stock prices and how gap-up and gap-down movements can impact trading strategies. You will also gain skills in coding strategies (Algo-trading) that can be applied in various areas.

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About the Author

The article was written in May 2024 by Praduman AGRAWAL (ESSEC Business School, Visiting Scholar, Summer 2024).

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