Some Financial Applications of Machine Learning

Starts:  Mar 18, 2019 6:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  Mar 31, 2019 8:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  New York Metro Chapter
Some Financial Applications of Machine Learning
Terry Benzschawel, Founder and Principal
Benzschawel Scientific, LLC

When: TBA
(date is tentative, subject to change, we’ll keep you posted)

**No catering at this meeting**

Place: TBA


Terry will describe a variety of machine learning models that he has built and applied to problems in business and finance. He begins with an historical introduction to neural networks, including descriptions of the perceptron, and methods of gradient descent, backpropagation and regularization. He then describes single hidden-layer perceptron models that he built in the early 1990s to detect fraud on credit card portfolios, identify customers who will give up their credit cards, and later, for trading US Treasury bonds. He then presents recent work with deep learning networks that predict spread changes for corporate bonds, price moves from trade flows, and a natural language processing model that predicts market moves from sentiment data. Finally, He provides some thoughts on how artificial intelligence/machine learning is changing the fixed income trading business.
Speaker Bio:
Terry Benzschawel has recently left a thirty-year career on Wall Street to start his own firm. Prior to that, Terry was a Managing Director in Citigroup's Institutional Clients Business. Terry headed the Quantitative Credit Trading group which developed quantitative tools and strategies for credit market trading and risk management, both for Citi's clients and for in-house applications.

Terry received a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Indiana University (1980) and his B.A. (with Distinction) from the University of Wisconsin (1975). His Ph.D. thesis concerned development of a neural network model of the human visual system. Terry has done post-doctoral fellowships in Optometry at the University of California at Berkeley and in Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also was a visiting scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center prior to embarking on a career in finance. He currently serves on the steering committees of the Masters of Financial Engineering (MFE) Programs at the University of California at Berkeley and serves there as an Executive in Residence.

In 1988, Terry began his financial career at Chase Manhattan Bank, training genetic algorithms to predict corporate bankruptcy. In 1990, he was hired by Citibank to build neural network models to detect fraudulent credit card transactions and to predict customer credit card attrition. In 1992 he moved to investment banking at Salomon Brothers where he built models for proprietary trading for Salomon's Fixed Income Arbitrage Group. In 1998, he moved to fixed income strategy as a credit strategist with a focus on client-oriented solutions across all credit markets and has worked in related roles since then. Terry was promoted to Managing Director at Citi in 2008.

Terry is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events and has lectured on credit modelling at major universities. In addition, he has published over a dozen articles in refereed journals and has authored two books:  CREDIT MODELING: FACTS, THEORIES AND APPLICATIONS and CREDIT MODELING: ADVANCED TOPICS. In addition, Terry has been the instructor for courses in credit modelling for Incisive Media, the Centre for Finance Professionals, the Machine Learning Institute and has taught in UCLA’s MFE program last Fall. Finally, Terry has taught a course on credit modelling at Russia's Sberbank in Moscow.

Call John Waldes at (212) 362-0302
or send email to:
with subject: INFORMS Chapter Meeting Reservation
**Reservation deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019**

$0 for chapter members, $0 for non-members    (no catering at this meeting)


NYU School of Medicine, Room 120
227 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016


John Waldes
(212) 362-0302