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The author of this article works as an associate for an investment bank in NYC trading exotic derivatives. The author holds a master degree. 5:30 am: Alarm goes off. Told myself last night that I'd go to the gym downstairs in my building for a quick workout before work today. Not happening. Back to sleep. I really do go through this process most days. I probably should stop even bothering to set my alarm for this time. 6:00 am: OK now I'm up. Shower, get dressed, get on subway to work...
The author of this article works as a prop trader for a securities firm in an emerging market. With a Bachelor in Engineering, he started out as a financial engineer whose job was to develop VBA applications to back test trading strategies for a senior trader. Three months into the job, the trader left and the author was promoted to run his own trading book. He has been trading over a year since. Here is a day in his life. SHARE YOUR STORY 6.15 - Clock alarm sounds. Immediately press...
5:45am - Alarm goes off, time to get up and get ready 6:30am - Head to bus stop 6:40am - Bus to train station. 6:55am - Arrive at train station, purchase coffee. 7:15am - Find seat on train 7:30 (ish) - Train heads off to London - usually read a book or the Economist or similar. 8:30ish - Arrive at London Bridge train station 8:35 - Head to tube stop to grab the tube over to Canary Wharf 9ish - Arrive at desk at bank (sometimes with Krispy Kream in hand) 9-noon - Work on software and...
In this article, one of Quantnet members describes a typical day in his former life as an Interest Rates Developer at a Major Investment Bank (MIB), FO and MO spreadsheets support. He is now employed at another MIB. 4:50 AM - I do not want to wake up, can someone please break this evil clock alarm!!! 5:15 AM - I’m on the train and going to job 6:30 AM - Finally I’m here and first thing I check if all publishing systems are up. Looks like couple of indicator on my alarm monitor that I wrote...
In his new book, Scott Patterson argues that quantitative risk managers nearly destroyed Wall Street in a series of disasters going back to 1987. But that is far from the whole truth. The quant revolution in academic finance began about 60 years ago, and it came to Wall Street in force about 30 years ago. It has been blamed for every disaster since, which is not entirely unfair. Most of the innovations during this period have been quant-linked, and in many cases were pure quant. That means...
Remember in Hamlet when King Claudius discovers Laertes has been buying naked CDS protection on Danish government bonds? Polonius, the royal treasurer, fears it will increase funding costs and bring on a fiscal crisis. The king laughs off the threat with the famous line, “There's such divinity doth hedge a king, that treason can but peep to what it would, acts little of his will.” Few modern CEOs or heads of state have demonstrated the same wisdom and courage. Instead we are likely to hear...

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