Brooklyn Quant Experience Lecture Series: Laura Leal

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

The Department of Finance and Risk Engineering welcomes Laura Leal from Princeton University to the BQE Lecture Series.


Optimal Execution with Quadratic Variation Inventories


We describe and implement statistical tests arguing for the presence of a Brownian component in the inventories and wealth processes of individual traders. Using intra-day data from the Toronto Stock Exchange, we provide empirical evidence of this claim. Both for regularly spaced time intervals, as well as for asynchronously observed data, the tests reveal with high significance the presence of a non-zero Brownian motion component. Furthermore, we extend the theoretical analysis of an existing optimal execution model to accommodate the presence of Ito inventory processes, and we compare empirically the optimal behavior of traders in such fitted models, to the actual behavior read off the data.


Laura Leal is a final-year Ph.D. student in the Operations Research and Financial Engineering department at Princeton University. Her research interests are centered in high-frequency finance, using machine learning, deep neural networks, optimization, statistical and econometric methods to study high-frequency trading data. The main topics she has worked on include optimal execution, market making, identification of institutional activity, and tail risk.