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Is Being an Actuary Really the Best of Both Worlds?

I have been researching various finance jobs, and actuary pops up at me as the one with the most pay for the least hours. Would anyone know whether this is actually true?

I realize that it might take 6 or so years to do all the exams, but I would be happy eventually making ~130-150k and running a personal trading account in my free time. This seems like a really low-stress, low-hours alternative to the IB or HF grind. Of course, there is a price for everything, but I'd personally gladly pay that price in order to have a better family life and more free time.

Are there any people here that might like to comment on their actuarial jobs or on other alternatives that might seem equally attractive?


The Money Leagues (Part 3): $tadiums

How do professional sports teams make money? If you think about it, teams make money from their players , from their fans, and from their stadiums. For the next three weeks, I...

7 Habits of Highly Effective Meetings

As of the writing of this post, I was actually sitting through my 3rd hour of meetings for the day. I have meetings to prepare for upcoming meetings, actual meetings, followed...

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Everybody's working for the weekend!

The inspiration for today's post came from a crazy new experience I had this weekend. Apparently this is a "thing" in the Bay Area, but it was all new to me. I went oyster...

What b-school taught me about M&A

This was part of my $250k notebook. It sounds so simple... but the implications, at least for me, were valuable. Before b-school, I don't think I'd spent as much time thinking...

The Chick-fil-A Hubbub

Good morning all.

So if you've been living under a rock for the past week, or if you're not a true Chick-fil-A connoisseur (it's a staple of my diet at least twice per...

Lonely and depressed during internship

I'm supposed to be doing this 6 week internship at a boutique bank starting next week, but I already feel miserable. I just moved to a new city a few days ago to start the...

Mastering the 100-hour work week - for females

When I have 100-hr work weeks, I have one thing in mind: maximizing sleep. I've had lots of busy weeks like this, unfortunately, and I've perfected a routine that helps gets me through. From the outside, it appears as through I've had a full night of sleep and ample time to get ready.

My morning routine is 20 minutes from bed to door:
-Wash face/brush teeth
-Run wet fingers through hair, then comb through with mousse into ponytail (mousse makes hair look wet/freshly washed all day)
-Pearl necklace, watch, diamond stud earrings
-Foundation and concealer - fresh, perfect skin is an absolute MUST if you want to look like you're able to handle your work hours with no problem
-Brooks Brothers non-iron dress shirt tucked in to black slacks or skirt

Starting up in Forex

Equities are the center of attention among undergraduate students at my university but they never appealed to me the same way. I had a few trading simulations and opened up a brokerage account but it never really got my fire going.

I recently started looking into the foreign exchange marketplace. As a newcomer im spending time learning how the market works and trying to develop a strategy. The simulation has been a pretty good platform for learning and executing on the knowledge. The next step for me is funding my account. Are there monkeys out there who are interested in Forex or have any tips?

I am trading when I see an opportunity, and besides doing pretty well its a blast.


CFA Results This Week? Here's How You Might Break It Down Further.

This article is originally from . You can read the full article here .

Hope you're fired up for Level I and II results next week! An overwhelming...

How should we think about risk?

Anyone who has taken a finance course should come away with a basic knowledge of asset pricing models such as the CAPM and concepts such as Beta, which examines investment risk...

NYSE Short Sales Top September's Peak, So What's Your Move

Up, up, and up! Or down, down, and down some more. Where's Friday's Standard and Poors 500 Index going? Will the U.S economy, at its slowest pace in 60 years , grow faster than...

Would You Sell An Equity Stake in Yourself?

I want to share a topic off the Internet that discusses an alternative way to pay for higher education.

Last week, a blogger ( on another site ) referred to the idea...

Conversation with a former top 5 MBA student adcom

So with round 1 mba admissions cycle starting to get into full gear, a lot of applicants are very anxious. I recently had a chance to catch up with an old friend of mine who just graduated from a top 5 business school and was a student member of the adcom. After talking about a lot of random stuff, I asked him about mba admissions and for his thoughts on the process. Since he graduated, he was able to give more details than usual. I'm gonna paraphrase what he said in quotes regarding a few issues that I brought up.

1. Importance of the GMAT

Thoughts on Quitting

I've been thinking a lot lately about quitting my job outright, without anything lined up. I have a number of reasons behind wanting to do this, hygiene factors are a big part of this recurring daydream but what it comes down to is that I don't think this is the place in the world where I can add the most value. What it boils down to is my job admittedly is a poor fit for me. Im WAY too much of a cynic and a low level misanthrope for this line of work.

Students: Network with Associates and VPs (not MD's)

We have done some quality recruiting the past few years. We have a great intern in the group this summer; a major overachiever, picks up things on the run and is always down to...

The Greater Recession

You think 2008 was bad, wait and see what the next economic collapse has in store for all of us. The economy, US and Global, is in a proverbial state of pissing into the wind....

Need to Fill Hedge Fund Board? Look no further than the Caymans

With the boom of hedge funds in the past few years, many funds have placed their legal residence in the Cayman Islands for tax purposes, according to an article in Dealbook...

Stephen Covey 1932-2012

I wanted to take the time to write a post about someone that isn't talked about much on this website. Stephen Covey, a management guru who died on July 16th, was one of the...

Why Not More Stimulus?

Nonfarm Payrolls grew at a paltry rate of 80,000 in June, the unemployment rate is stuck above 8%, retail sales are faltering and inflation is significantly low... It appears...

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