Our Firm

Our Team
Kepos was founded in 2010 by Mark Carhart, Giorgio De Santis and Bob Litterman, all former partners of Goldman Sachs and leaders of the Quantitative Investment Strategies Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). Kepos’ team is comprised of over 30 experienced professionals across the investment and business functions.
Our Name
The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus established a small but highly respected school, which held its meetings in the garden (kepos) of his house. He is regarded by many as one of the founders of the scientific method, due to his passion for intellectual debate and his emphasis on the use of empirical evidence to validate any hypothesis. For this reason, we consider him an inspiration to our business.
Our Culture and Philosophy
Our business philosophy centers on alignment and transparency with our clients, and our culture is one of teamwork, collaboration and debate within a framework of the scientific method of research. The roots of our culture rest on rigorous intellectual discussion and sharing of ideas. We regularly conduct research seminars where team members are challenged to defend their ideas, as well as the empirical evidence and econometric techniques they have used to identify trading opportunities. We believe in a meritocratic process and an open debate to ensure that the best ideas are properly vetted before they are implemented.
Our Process and Infrastructure
At Kepos we apply a systematic investment process. Our proprietary research combines economic theory and statistical methods to identify trading opportunities. All ideas are evaluated within a robust risk management framework. We seek to achieve investment strategies that are differentiated and we continually evaluate and improve them in response to new findings, changes in market conditions and industry competition. Our investment process is supported by an institutional caliber infrastructure including a state-of-the-art technology platform.