Systematic Screening and Stock Selection

The aim of this course is to provide a practitioner’s insight into the application and configuration of screening and algorithmic stock selection techniques.

The course is applicable both to those needing to apply these techniques directly but also to those overseeing or reviewing these investment processes.

The core of this course is focused at a conceptual level and encourages participants to take a step back whenever applying quantitative techniques to consider the integrity of those processes.

The course could be integrated with a practical integration of quantitative techniques and/ or machine learning with Python.


This course is for individuals new to the financial markets with a basic understanding of accounting and valuation, or more experienced analysts wishing to go undertake systematic cross-border and sectoral analysis.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the opportunities for applying stock screening and systematic selection
  • Differentiate between true systematic or quantitative selection, factor based approaches and screening as an aide to an active process
  • Define a model process based on hypothesis testing
  • Understand the benefits and risks of backtesting
  • Understand and appraise the conventional and alternative data sources and tools available

Course Content

Benefits of Screening

  • What can a screening approach do for an asset manager?
  • Differentiating modes of use (active stock selection, smart beta and quantitative approaches)

Model process and controls

  • What are the risks of a badly controlled process?
  • Defining a hypothesis testing based approach
  • Backtesting, benefits, pitfalls and guidelines
  • A role for unsupervised learning?

Appraising data sources

  • Conventional and non-conventional sources


  • Validating suppliers
  • Alpha generation
  • Practical pitfalls and work-arounds


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