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  2. I suppose with all the focus on how difficult it is to get in in the first place, an the fact the hours are insane, people dont really talk about how challenging the actual work is. I mean we know its a tough job with the pressure and hours but how diffic ...

    97 comments21 Dec 2017 -

  3. Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 2/11/13. I suppose it was only a matter of time before regular guys with a head for algorithms found a place to try their luck on Wall Street. Internet start-up Quantopian exited beta last month and p ...

    54 comments14 Aug 2013 -

  4. It never hurts to increase your skill set, especially in this economy. And when you can do that for free, so much the better. And when you can learn something for free that is in demand all over Wall Street, well that's just the icing on the cake. So ...

    47 comments6 Dec 2012 -

  5. Assuming everything was the same, same school, same age, same years of experience-- who would normally have the higher total compensation package? Ibankers or Quants? Who Is Wealthier- Investment Bankers or Quantitative Analysts Our users generally share ...

    50 comments5 Feb 2018 -

  6. The May 6 flash crash was a crazy event, the Dow plunged 998 points and stocks like Accenture dropped from $40 to a single cent in the span of minutes. Debate on what may have caused it has been never-ending, from the fat finger theory to shitty trade exe ...

    19 comments1 Sep 2010 -

  7. Most of you here are familiar with the Black-Scholes formula since it's imbued in every possible textbook of corporate finance 101 under the sections of option pricing. The infamous black-scholes-merton formula was created by Nobel laureates (now unf ...

    12 comments3 Nov 2012 -

  8. I'm considering whether I want to do a career in S&T and I'm having a hard time deciding. I love Trading. Like most on this site have pointed out, you have to live and breathe the markets and I'm sure that I do. But ultimately, I wouldn ...

    16 comments2 Jun 2010 -

  9. I remember the first time I read Liar's Poker. A young Midas was on his first ever flight back from Rio, reading about the legends of Salomon Brothers and feeling like King Salomon himself. Back in those days I would go into places like Club Monte Ca ...

    10 comments18 Aug 2010 -

  10. What would be the best undergrad degree for a quant? Currently i am a Finance undergrad because at first i wasn't sure if i wanted to be a quant. My second question is this, is the quant role taking over sales and trading by way of how they are able ...

    11 comments5 May 2012 -

  11. I need help making a tough call on graduate education. I hold a PhD in mathematics and have four years of work experience in academia and three in the non-profit sector. I am in my mid-thirties and I am looking for a career switch. I hold offers for the f ...

    11 comments18 Jun 2011 -

  12. So, another Monday's about to end and if you're like me, I bet you'd rather kick back and forget some of the stress and melancholia it usually brings. My usual habit, if I'm not in front of the TV, is to grab a book and maybe a few dri ...

    9 comments28 Feb 2011 -

  13. From a trader's view, what separates a good quant from a shitty one? traders quants ...

    10 comments2 Mar 2011 -

  14. I'm thinking of going after a certification like CQF. I have a strong background in computer programming (C# and databases) but I don't have a very strong math foundation (BA is in business, not comp sci). What level of math do I need for the CQ ...

    9 comments21 Dec 2011 -

  15. Documentary on Quants

    Sales and Trading

    Just came across this documentary on The Big Picture: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2010/04/quants-the-al... It's a Dutch documentary about quants and the financial models used to price securities. Quite a few interviews with Paul Wilmott and Emanuel ...

    8 comments29 Apr 2010 -

  16. Attention Smart People!

    Sales and Trading

    Can someone please explain to me conceptually, and in english, what these things mean: Risk Neutral Probabilities and why you'd use them The LogNormal Distribution Model and why it works well in the short term but not the long term I'd definitel ...

    5 comments11 Mar 2013 -

  17. Which forum are for the prospective quants on here? I know it ain't ibanking, consulting, private equity, ER, VC, or Asset Management. Maybe Trading or Hedge Funds? I use QuantNet's forums but those guys are too serious. Is there a quant section ...

    5 comments28 Jun 2010 -

  18. It's almost been a year since I began with WSO and I think I've come to get a feeling about what's it's like to go through the IB process. Perhaps some go into college with nothing more than a pipe dream of owning a corner office as he ...

    4 comments10 Feb 2013 -

  19. Call this a useless question if you want, but I was just curious as to what you all thought. My friend who's applying to all i-banking positions for internships, said that he get along with quant interns better, simply because they're also inter ...

    4 comments23 Dec 2009 -

  20. Call all algo traders...

    Sales and Trading

    Hey all, It's been a while but AH is back! I'm specifically looking for algo traders or quants here. I did my S&T internship at a BB, graduated college (Finance) 2012, started full time derivatives trading at a reputable trading firm (market ...

    3 comments3 Jul 2013 -

  21. No, it's not a new HBO show starring Sarah Jessica Parker as a lovelorn quant. It's Volta, the first bulletproof data center built in London in the past ten years. At a cost of more than $40 million, its proximity to the financial heart of The C ...

    2 comments1 Oct 2013 -

  22. At pure HFT shops such as Getco and Jump, the programmer/trader is synonymous. But at more "hybrid" firms, where there are separate people doing programming vs trading, there seems to be a cultural divide and some sort of mutual contempt. For in ...

    1 Jul 2013 -